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Category: Food Production :: Industrial Agriculture
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Root Discovery May Lead to Crops That Need Less Fertilizer 19.1.2018 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
Bean plants that suppress secondary root growth in favor of boosting primary root growth forage greater soil volume to acquire phosphorus, according to Penn State researchers, who say their recent findings have implications for plant breeders and improving crop productivity in nutrient-poor soils.
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In its Quest to Kill Regulations, Trump’s EPA May Allow Teenagers to Handle Farm Pesticides Again 18.1.2018 Mother Jones
In its ongoing zeal to nix regulations, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency has yet another one in its crosshairs: a rule banning minors from applying pesticides on farms. In December, amid the frenzied debate over the GOP tax overhaul, the EPA announced in a release its intent to “revise the minimum age requirements” for pesticide […]
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An unlikely climate crusade in Trump country 12.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
An unlikely climate crusade in Trump country
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A law for the farmer 4.1.2018 Opinion – The Indian Express
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Is GMO opposition immoral? 2.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Is GMO opposition immoral?
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A farmers activist is beaten to death, and the video goes viral. How tensions over land are tearing at Myanmar 29.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Myanmar's transition from military rule has reopened grievances over army land seizures that are pitting farmers against the government, influential business interests, foreign investors - and one another.
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With pineapple and sugar production gone, Hawaii weighs its agricultural future 24.12.2017 Washington Post
The passage of the plantation heyday has been slow but impactful, and now tens of thousands of abandoned acres of farmland lie fallow. The state is looking to other options in hopes of avoiding sole reliance on tourism.
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It's time to confront the invisible suffering of animals 22.12.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Food & Health At a giant pet store in west-end Toronto last week, people loaded up on gifts and stocking stuffers for their pets, and posed with them for a "family Christmas photo." This cheerful scene only highlighted the odd disconnect between the way we embrace our pets as family while allowing animals that are similarly sweet and endearing to live miserable lives on factory farms -- and to endure horrific deaths (more on that in a minute). Indeed, only a stone's throw from that west-end Petsmart -- where you can buy a cute pair of fuzzy antlers for your dog -- are two slaughterhouses where a daily stream of trucks arrive carrying cows, calves and sheep. We've all seen such trucks on the highway, probably caught a glimpse of animal snouts and eyes through the narrow slats. But no one driving on the highway seems alarmed, making it easy to conclude everything is fine, that the animals aren't suffering and that their deaths will be swift and painless. I've recently come to believe that none of these ...
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Drifting Pesticides Keep Making California Farm Workers Sick 21.12.2017 Mother Jones
In August, a group 167 farm workers were harvesting garlic in California’s agriculture-heavy Kern County when some of them began to feel ill. The county’s agriculture department later found that 92 of the workers “exhibited symptoms of pesticide exposure.” This week, after concluding its investigation into the issue, Kern County slapped five companies with fines for incidents […]
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Pesticides and Poor Nutrition Damage Animal Health 20.12.2017 Environmental News Network
The combined effects of pesticides and a lack of nutrition form a deadly one-two punch, new research from biologists at the University of California San Diego has shown for the first time.
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Pesticides Linked to Declining Bee Populations Also Threaten Birds and Small Mammals 19.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The Environmental Protection Agency's latest assessment of four neonicotinoid pesticides linked to declining populations of pollinators show that they could also harm birds and small mammals, but the agency is reluctant to ban their use until it completes its review. Environmentalists, concerned that it may prove too late for some species, want restrictions placed on the chemicals. Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that popular pesticides linked to declining bee populations also pose a threat to birds and, in some cases, small mammals and insects. The EPA  released  preliminary scientific assessments of four chemicals from the neonicotinoid or "neonic" class of insecticides on Friday as part of an ongoing review that environmentalists and farmers are watching closely. Previous EPA assessments echoed  research   showing  that neonics can ...
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Burners beware: California pot sold Jan. 1 could be tainted 18.12.2017 AP National
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- That legal weed you'll be able to buy in California on New Year's Day may not be as green as it seems....
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Feature and TV films 16.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Movies on TV the week of Dec. 17 - 23, 2017
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Monsanto moves to stop Arkansas from banning weed killer 6.12.2017 AP Politics
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing a proposal going before lawmakers next week that would ban the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto their crops and causes widespread damage....
Texas’ Trump Lovin’ Ag Honcho Faces a Primary Challenge From a Monsanto Lobbyist 6.12.2017 Mother Jones
Remember Sid Miller, Texas’ cowboy hat wearin’, Trump-lovin’ agriculture commissioner?  This time a year ago, Miller was working hard to flatter his way to the top agriculture spot in the incoming presidential administration. But after being passed over for that post, Miller will instead have to fight to keep his current job: Last week, news surfaced that […]
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Troubled meat market is key supplier for Haiti’s capital 5.12.2017 Washington Post: World
La Saline slaughterhouse is a nightmarish panorama of animal blood, body parts and detritus. It’s also an essential part of the economy of the Haitian capital, supplying meat to restaurants, street vendors and stores.
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Why the world's largest pork producer is breaking new sustainability barriers 30.11.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tom Murray At Environmental Defense Fund, we believe that environmental progress and economic growth can and must go hand in hand. EDF+Business works with leading companies and investors to raise the bar for corporate sustainability leadership  by setting aggressive, science-based goals; collaborating for scale across industries and global supply chains; and publicly supporting smart environmental safeguards. This is the second in a series of interviews exploring trends in sustainability leadership as part of our effort to pave the way to a thriving economy and a healthy environment. As head of the Smithfield Foods’ sustainability program, Stewart Leeth focuses on animal welfare, employee relations, environmental stewardship, food safety and quality, and community development. EDF has been collaborating with Smithfield for several years now to help farmers optimize fertilizer applications to grow grain for animal feed – and I’m inspired to see the progress that has been made in this arena. But I think ...
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Your Taxpayer Dollars Are Funding Corporate Propaganda 29.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
While Congress hasn't accomplished much in 2017, it did manage to pass a budget resolution -- and within that budget, a sum of $3 million stands out. Congress appropriated that $3 million to fund the  Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative . That's a partnership between the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) "to provide consumer education on agricultural biotechnology and food and animal feed ingredients derived from biotechnology." What they're really talking about is a promotional campaign for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. There are two major flaws with this plan. First, the FDA is tasked with building a campaign around the "safety and benefits of crop biotechnology." But what about the risks, concerns, and unknowns? Leaving those out means using government agencies and taxpayer funds for corporate propaganda. It benefits companies like Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Syngenta, and Bayer, which collectively earn billions of dollars from ...
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Bug eat bug 29.11.2017 BBC: Business
How a Brazilian company put itself at the forefront of biological pest control - using insects to control other bugs.
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Factory automation, inspired by a farm harvest 23.11.2017 Philly.com News
Tom Brizek, founder of TAB Industries LLC, had an epiphany: He could build a sturdier version of a contraption to wrap doors securely onto skids and secure heavy parts for factory clients, replacing the manually adjusted straps and bands still used by small-batch industrial shippers.
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