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Category: Food Production :: Industrial Agriculture
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Lawsuit Targets Potential Cancer Threat in the South's Farming Communities 23.5.2017 Truthout.com
More than 800 cancer patients nationwide are involved in a class-action lawsuit that accuses the chemical giant Monsanto of failing to adequately warn them about a possible link between their disease and glyphosate, the key ingredient in its enormously popular Roundup herbicide. The lawsuit was sparked by a 2015 determination by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen, with research tying it to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, in humans. The IARC also found "convincing evidence" that glyphosate can cause cancer in laboratory animals, while other studies it reviewed found the chemical damages human DNA. Monsanto maintains that glyphosate is safe, as industry-funded studies have found. But the class-action lawsuit has unearthed documents that cast doubt on its safety -- and on the handling of its potential risks by the US Environmental Protection Agency. As the New York Times reported earlier this year: The ...
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Early signs point to hopeful summer salmon season with some areas opening soon 20.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Salmon anglers looking toward what summer and early-fall options are available should be able to dial-in on some pretty good action as long as they’re willing to put some wheels – and a trailer – under their boat to get to best fishing grounds. You can either sit and stew over why your favorite marine […]
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Conagra still poised for tax breaks, despite cutting Illinois workforce in half 20.5.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
Conagra Brands, maker of products like Reddi-wip and Slim Jim, won $10.5 million in state tax breaks through a now-halted program meant to boost Illinois' economy. But since that September 2015 agreement, it's sold part of its business, cutting its Illinois workforce roughly in half. Illinois ...
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Plenty of choices to catch fish in Columbia River region 17.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

SALMON AND STEELHEAD Elochoman River from the mouth to the Elochoman Hatchery Bridge, Green River from the mouth to 400’ below the water intake at the upper end of the hatchery and South Fork Toutle River from the mouth to the 4700 Road Bridge –Scheduled to open for hatchery steelhead the last Saturday in May […]
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Shocker: Trump's USDA Appointees Are All Corporate Hacks 17.5.2017 Mother Jones
President Donald Trump and his agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, are finally getting around to staffing key positions at the US Department of Agriculture, reports the trade journal AgWeb. Surprising no one who watched the chaotic process that finally ended with Trump settling on Perdue as USDA chief , the rumored picks to fill top USDA roles are a bunch of agribiz flacks and political hacks. All the reported picks are strong supporters of opening export markets for overproduced US farm goods like soybeans and pork. That's also predictable, since reassuring Big Ag about overseas sales is one of the reasons Trump backed down on nixing the North American Free Trade Agreement—a decision reportedly made after Perdue himself showed Trump an electoral map suggesting job losses in states that he won. Here's a quick rundown: • Sam Clovis, a right-wing Catholic who served as national chief policy adviser for Trump's presidential campaign. According to AgWeb and ProPublica , Clovis will soon be named USDA ...
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Religious beliefs involved in Oregon pesticide dispute 17.5.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MORO, Ore. (AP) — Religious beliefs involving the use of pesticides are part of a dispute over noxious weeds on a 2,000-acre organic farm in Oregon that has attracted the attention of organic food supporters. Sherman County may order the owners of Azure Farms, near Moro, to spray to control the weeds if the farm […]
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Popular Icicle River spring chinook won’t be open until hatchery meets spawning goal 13.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Those who were banking on an Icicle River spring chinook fishery will need to make alternate plans. State Fish and Wildlife announced that the sport fishery on the Icicle in Chelan County scheduled to open Monday (May 15) will remain closed. The preseason forecast and current in-season run data indicate the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery […]
It Isn't Easy Being A 'Humane' Slaughterhouse 13.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Although humane slaughter might sound like an oxymoron — like, say, “ clean coal ” — it’s a goal that some members of the meat industry take seriously.  Arion Thiboumery of the Vermont Packinghouse in North Springfield, Vermont, is one of them. The plant opened its doors three years ago and has been celebrated for its transparency — Thiboumery regularly welcomes tours of the operation — and its central mission to slaughter animals with “ respect and dignity .” “We feel like we’re proud of what we do here and we want everything to be above board,” he  told HuffPost last summer . “We’ll tell you about how the animal was raised and we’ll talk about how it died. We’re not embarrassed about it.” But Vermont Packinghouse started having some trouble a few weeks after that interview. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service  issued a suspension  to the facility on Oct. 12, 2016, after an inspector observed the plant supervisor attempting to stun a pig in a way that violated federal ...
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The labels said ‘organic.’ But these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t. 13.5.2017 Washington Post
The labels said ‘organic.’ But these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t.
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Dayton, GOP squabble over vetoed farm issues 13.5.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Republicans in charge of the House and Senate agriculture committees are accusing DFL Gov. Mark Dayton of spreading “misinformation” about their omnibus finance bill, which he vetoed Friday along with four other budget bills.
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Star-crossed salmon survive spillway erosion at Oroville dam but suffocate after hatchery's pump fails 12.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A quarter-million hatchery salmon survived the near-collapse of a California dam's spillway this winter only to suffocate after a pump failed this week, officials said Thursday.

They were among about 5 million baby fall-run Chinook salmon that were rescued in February after tons of mud washed down...

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Star-crossed salmon survive spillway’s erosion but suffocate 12.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A quarter-million hatchery salmon survived the near-collapse of a California dam’s spillway this winter, only to suffocate after a pump failed this week, officials said Thursday. They were among about 5 million baby fall-run Chinook salmon that were rescued in February after tons of mud washed down the Feather River, said […]
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One of the biggest problems with Mother's Day flowers 11.5.2017 TreeHugger
A new study finds altered neurological performance in children during peak pesticide spraying for the Mother's Day flower harvest.
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A side-effect of peace in Colombia? A cocaine boom in the U.S. 8.5.2017 Washington Post: World
There’s a giant surge in coca production as peasants try to cash in on government benefits.
It's time to make soil great again 6.5.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Restoring soil fertility is one of humanity’s best options for making progress on three daunting challenges: Feeding everyone, weathering climate change and conserving biodiversity.
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North Carolina residents fight back against corporate factory hog farms 5.5.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
US Politics There are 10 million people in North Carolina, and nine million hogs. Judging by the smell, the hogs are winning. Or, rather, the giant corporate factory hog farms are. Hogs are the largest agricultural product of the Tarheel State, adding at least $2 billion to the economy there. How the hogs are raised and slaughtered, and how the waste is handled, is making life miserable for many North Carolinians. Billions of gallons of pig feces and urine are collected in lagoons, mixed with blood and rotting pig body parts. To keep these fetid ponds from overflowing, the toxic liquid is pumped skyward with enormous spray devices, aerosolizing the waste, which is carried away by the wind. Neighbours suffer indescribably bad odour and an array of illnesses. The notoriously regressive Republican majority in the North Carolina statehouse has passed a bill -- H.B. 467, Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies -- to protect the factory hog farming industry from liability, which the state's recently elected ...
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North Carolinia residents fight back against corporate factory hog farms 5.5.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
US Politics There are 10 million people in North Carolina, and nine million hogs. Judging by the smell, the hogs are winning. Or, rather, the giant corporate factory hog farms are. Hogs are the largest agricultural product of the Tarheel State, adding at least $2 billion to the economy there. How the hogs are raised and slaughtered, and how the waste is handled, is making life miserable for many North Carolinians. Billions of gallons of pig feces and urine are collected in lagoons, mixed with blood and rotting pig body parts. To keep these fetid ponds from overflowing, the toxic liquid is pumped skyward with enormous spray devices, aerosolizing the waste, which is carried away by the wind. Neighbours suffer indescribably bad odour and an array of illnesses. The notoriously regressive Republican majority in the North Carolina statehouse has passed a bill -- H.B. 467, Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies -- to protect the factory hog farming industry from liability, which the state's recently elected ...
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The tide is changing for offshore aquaculture 4.5.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
There are currently no commercial finfish operations in U.S. federal waters, but some are convinced proposed new farms in places like the Gulf of Mexico could become the future of sustainable seafood.
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Feral hog slaughterhouse takes off in New Orleans 27.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
New Orleans • In a region that takes food seriously, feral hogs are despised as destructive, but their rich, dark meat is winning fans among Louisiana chefs. A small slaughterhouse is butchering the wild pigs , which cause the state $76 million-plus in annual damage, and selling sausage to grocery stores and meat to restaurants, where chefs are turning it into savory prosciutto, chorizo and meatballs. “To me, it is the most interesting thing I have seen in years,” said Rene Bajeux, executive che... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Bad beasts, good treats: Feral hog slaughterhouse takes off 26.4.2017 AP National
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- In a region that takes food seriously, feral hogs are despised as destructive, but their rich, dark meat is winning fans among Louisiana chefs....
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