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How a worm farm became the Big Ten’s most unlikely football factory 24.8.2016 Washington Post
Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm in Spring Grove, Pa., is one of the most recognizable brands in American vermiculture. But the family business is also credited with helping to produce three massive Big Ten linemen, the latest being Maryland's David Shaw, who packed on mounds of muscle as he dug trenches, roofed a barn and stacked barrels of compost as a teenager.
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Still many late-summer fishing choices along the Columbia River 24.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

SALMON AND STEELHEAD Portions of Abernathy, Cedar (tributary of N.F. Lewis, Clark Co.), Cougar (tributary to Yale Reservoir, Cowlitz Co.), Coal, Germany, Lacamas (Clark Co.), Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Skamokawa creeks and the Coweeman River close to all fishing beginning September 1. Except for Cougar Creek, all close to protect naturally spawning fall Chinook; Cougar Creek […]
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Forget GMOs. Pesticides Pose the Real Risk 23.8.2016 American Prospect
A tractor spreads chemicals on his crop as Hastings, Florida, resident Brian Hunt watches.    The latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveal that Americans’ appetite for locally grown, organic food is growing. Consumers want to know where their food comes from and what’s in it. Most polls show that the vast majority of Americans also support mandatory labels for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Nearly half of Americans think scientists have found risks associated with eating GM foods even though they haven’t, according to a recent survey by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. “People don’t know very much about the science, and they don’t know that GMOs have been in the food supply for 20 years,” says William Hallman, who ran the survey. “They just know they don’t like it.” Last month, after years of contentious debate, President Obama signed legislation requiring the first national GMO labeling standard. (Labeling advocates aren’t happy with the ...
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Pollinator loss in the vineyards, and what some are doing about it 23.8.2016 Small Business |
Some vineyards are avoiding the chemicals that cause bees to lose their appetite or have no place to pollinate.
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Smart PR or sustainability? Inside Target's $40 million food investment 22.8.2016 Design & Innovation |
The full effect of big-budget corporate community spending really depends on a company's business model.
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Latest ocean salmon catch data shows some fish to be caught at four coastal ports as summer season winds down 20.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Here are the latest ocean salmon catch data provided by state Fish and Wildlife: ILWACO (18,900 is hatchery catch quota and 10,200 is catch chinook quota. Ilwaco is open for salmon fishing through Aug. 31.) NOTE: At Ilwaco the daily catch limit will increase from one to two salmon beginning Tuesday, Aug. 16. JULY: 1,296 […]
The salmon are plentiful around Ilwaco 20.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Excitement began to build in the spring when state fisheries announced a huge run of 951,300 fall chinook — the fourth largest return dating to 1938 — and a modest return of almost 550,000 coho.
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L.A. County sanitation district embroiled in fight over human-waste facility 19.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

More than a decade ago, Los Angeles County sanitation officials made a deal with a Central Valley farmer that seemed to solve an intractable problem for both sides.

The 11 wastewater treatment plants operated by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County were producing nearly half a million...

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Want sustainable food? It will take a new normal for farming 19.8.2016 Energy & Climate |
Innovative food systems such as agroecology can become the norm if we weave a web of legitimacy from science, politics, society and values.
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Monsanto Just Made a Massive Mistake 18.8.2016 Mother Jones
A couple of weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it had gotten "unusually high number of reports of crop damage that appear related to misuse of herbicides containing the active ingredient dicamba ." Complaints of drooping and often dead crops appeared in no fewer than 10 states, the EPA reports. In Missouri alone, the agency says it has gotten 117 complaints there "alleging misuse of pesticide products containing dicamba," affecting more than 42,000 acres of crops, including peaches, tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelons, rice, peas, peanuts, alfalfa, as well as cotton and soybeans.  The state's largest peach farm, which lies near soybean-and-cotton country, has suffered massive and potentially permanent damage this year—and suspects dicamba drift as the culprit, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  What gives? The trouble appears to stem from decisions made by the Missouri-based seed and pesticide giant Monsanto. Back in April, the company bet big on dicamba, announcing a $975 million ...
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Anti-science claims dog Green Party nominee Jill Stein 17.8.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has been waging an uphill battle for name recognition as she pursues her White House bid. But as she emerges in the public eye -- she is participating in a CNN-hosted town hall on Wednesday -- so have some of the retired medical doctor's past controversial comments on vaccines, her concerns about internet use being linked to poor health and GMOs.
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Bee-harming pesticides are declining at plant nurseries, report shows 17.8.2016 LA Times: Business

Retailers appear to be selling fewer ornamental plants laced with pesticides linked to bee population declines, according to a new report.

Less than a quarter of the trees and flowers from stores and nurseries tested by environmental activists contained pesticides at levels that could be harmful...

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Sewage sludge could make great sustainable fertilizer 16.8.2016 Environmental News Network
Ever thought of putting sewage on your plants? Scientists say thermally conditioned sewage sludge serves as an excellent fertilizer to improve soil properties. This was recently published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Nutrition. The major advantage over commercial fertilizers? Sustainable re-use of essential and finite phosphorus resources.Phosphorus is a key nutrient for all living beings. When deficient in the diet, it severely compromises human health, and when deficient in agriculture, it restricts crop productivity. Without phosphorus, there can be no food production.
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Can high-tech bacteria make fish farming more sustainable? 16.8.2016 Business Operations |
A methane-eating bacteria could create the basis for new fish feed that doesn't rely on soy or corn. But that doesn’t make it a silver bullet.
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The Hidden Costs of Food 15.8.2016 Green on
Americans consume an average of three burgers and more than three liters of soda a week. Many of us realize this isn't healthy, but it certainly is cheap. Or is it? How much do we really pay for food, when you consider the health, societal and environmental problems caused by producing and eating it? I recently spoke at a conference on the true cost of food, alongside farmers, health experts, labor advocates, food industry executives and others. As I started to tally the numbers I was hearing at the conference, it seemed to me that the true cost of food could be double, if not triple, what we pay out of pocket. Environmentalists often talk about the hidden costs of pollution from our energy system, and there have been many studies that examine this question. But I wasn't aware of any studies that approached food in a similar way. The numbers presented below are rough, but even these conservative estimates suggest that the real cost of our food could be roughly double the apparent cost. Clearly, this is ...
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Racial and partisan divides shape American views of poverty and the poor 14.8.2016 LA Times: Nation

Sharp differences along lines of race and politics shape American attitudes toward the poor and poverty, according to a new survey of public opinion, which finds empathy toward the poor and deep skepticism about government antipoverty efforts.

The differences illuminate some of the passions that...

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What's the buzz about business and bees? 13.8.2016 Resource Efficiency |
Here's a closer look at what AEP, Bristol Myers-Squibb, GM Hewlett Packard, Walmart and others are disclosing about bees.
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Central Puget Sound daily catch limit boosted from one to two chinook 12.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

As the central Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 10) hatchery chinook fishery winds down, state Fish and Wildlife has decided to boost the daily catch limit from one to two fish, excluding Sinclair Inlet and fishing piers. Anglers will be able to keep two hatchery chinook daily from Friday (Aug. 12) through Monday (Aug. 15) […]
As Venezuela's farms and factories falter, the country struggles to feed its people 11.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Just a decade ago, Venezuela was producing nearly all of the sugar it needed.

But this week, 30,000 tons of imported Guatemalan sugar is being offloaded at the port city of Puerto Cabello for delivery to government-run supermarkets across the country, where desperate shoppers typically line up...

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Working 'The Chain,' Slaughterhouse Workers Face Lifelong Injuries 11.8.2016 NPR News
Workers at American slaughterhouses and meat processing plants perform thousands of repetitive motions every day. The work often lead to invisible, yet painful and lasting injuries to their bodies.
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