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Pesticide Executives Are Running Ag Policy for Donald Trump 21.4.2018 Mother Jones
For nearly 30 years, Ken Isley served in the legal department of Dow Agrosciences, the pesticide division of chemical giant Dow. Most recently, he held the positions of vice president, general counsel, and secretary at the company, and on Thursday, the Trump administration tapped Isley to head the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.  Dow Agrosciences’ […]
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The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet 20.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Two new studies from Europe  have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population  mirrors the discovery last October  that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides,  particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer . These pesticides,  along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup) , have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds. But rather than banning these toxic chemicals, on March 21st  the EU approved  the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto, the US agribusiness giant producing Roundup and the genetically modified (GMO) seeds that have reduced seed diversity ...
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Intensification by Smallholder Farmers Is Key To Achieving Indonesia’s Palm Oil Targets 17.4.2018 WRI Stories
Intensification by Smallholder Farmers Is Key To Achieving Indonesia’s Palm Oil Targets Comments|Add Comment|PrintPalm oil fruit is loaded in Indonesia. Photo by Rainforest Action Network/Flickr Versatile, inexpensive and extremely efficient to produce, palm oil is in demand across the planet. This high-yielding vegetable oil is used in thousands of everyday products, from processed food to cosmetics, as well as for biofuel. By 2045, Indonesia aspires to produce an estimated 60 million tonnes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The price of cheap meat? Raided slaughterhouses and upended communities. 11.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
A pattern has emerged for a meatpacking industry that relies on undocumented workers for its dangerous, low-paying jobs.
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Large-Scale Animal Agriculture Is Threatening Rural Communities. Congress Is About to Make it Worse. 22.3.2018 Mother Jones
Residents of tiny Lone Jack, MO, are fighting a proposal by a local ranch to expand its feedlot from around 600 cows to nearly 7,000. It is the latest in a series of communities pushing back against a national trend toward concentrated animal agriculture. All those cows, local opponents say, would introduce health and environmental […]
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We Are All Fast Food Workers Now 21.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! "Many people are angered by the cruelties of the twenty-first-century economy. And their fury has fueled worldwide protest. Simultaneously, and almost everywhere, low-wage workers and small farmers began to revolt: in New York City restaurants, laundries, and warehouses, in Western Cape wineries and the garment shops of Phnom Penh, in Southern California Walmarts, and the big hotels of Providence, Oslo, Karachi, and Abuja. As capital has globalized, so has the labor movement. Marches, strikes, protests, and sit-ins from Tampa to Mali have changed the global conversation about workers' rights." So writes Annelise Orleck in her new book We Are All Fast Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages -- which, as she explains on this week's episode of Off-Kilter, tells the story behind the growing global labor movement ...
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How genetically engineered salmon swims onto our plates 17.3.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The transgenic technology that produces fast-growing fish soon could come to the U.S. Will it live up to its claims of making seafood more sustainable?
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Minn. moves to reduce nitrates in groundwater; environmental groups wonder, wait 7.3.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
By creating a system of voluntary and mandatory measures on farmland and in public water supplies, the state hopes to safeguard and improve water quality across the state.
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California Court Blocks State Agriculture Department From Spraying Pesticides 4.3.2018 Truthout.com
In a win for environmental and public health advocates, a California court has halted a program that allows the state agriculture department to spray pesticides on public and private property without proper notice to the public about its intention to spray or adequate study of the possible adverse impacts of the chemicals used. The court order, which came late last week, was in response to a  lawsuit  brought by 11 environmental and public health groups -- including the Environmental Working Group, Center for Food Safety, Pesticide Action Network North America, Center for Biological Diversity, and Moms Advocating Sustainability -- and the city of Berkeley. The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA)  Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program , which is supposed to control outbreaks of invasive plant pests, gave the agency the license to use 79 pesticides -- including some known to cause cancer and birth defects and to be highly toxic to bees, butterflies, and other wildlife -- ...
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Building a better rainbow trout: Colorado biologists on breeding blitz to revive species ravaged by whirling disease 4.3.2018 Denver Post: Business
Colorado biologists who made a scientific breakthrough and have begun a fish-breeding blitz to revive a non-native favorite – the rainbow trout – from 40 years of ravaging by whirling disease
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Keepers of the turtles 4.3.2018 India – The Indian Express
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Donald Trump Is No Friend of a Better NAFTA 2.3.2018 American Prospect
  AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File The national flags of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico are seen at the start of NAFTA renegotiations in Washington.  This article appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Canada, the United States, and Mexico are deep into the renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. These talks were precipitated by President Trump, who promised as a candidate to tear up “the worst trade deal ever.” Neither Canada nor Mexico sought to reopen NAFTA. Progressives, particularly those of us who fought NAFTA 1.0 for being a tool for corporate interests, find ourselves somewhat caught. Labor, environmental, and social justice groups obviously do not side with the narrow and xenophobic nationalism of Donald Trump. But we welcome the opportunity for open debate on a disastrous trade deal as a way to either fix it or tear it up and start over. NAFTA accelerated the creation of a precariat in North America, as well as a dramatic ...
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These Popular Pesticides Are Really Bad for the Birds and the Bees 28.2.2018 Mother Jones
As spring approaches, US farmers are gearing up to plant about 180 million acres in corn and soybeans—a combined land mass nearly twice the size of California, mostly in the Midwest. The great majority of the seeds they sow will be coated with neonicotinoid pesticides: synthetic chemicals thought to be harmless to humans but that attack bugs’ […]
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Glyphosate cancer warning in California halted 28.2.2018 LA Times: Business

A federal judge on Monday temporarily barred California environmental officials from requiring cancer warnings on food products that contain traces of the herbicide glyphosate.

The injunction by U.S. District Judge William Shubb leaves glyphosate on the state’s so-called Proposition 65 list as...

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Will these popular corporate sustainability programs survive the next U.S. budget? 27.2.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The spending bill due March 23 could make or break many clean energy and sustainability programs.
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Judge orders California agricultural officials to cease pesticide use 27.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

A judge has ordered California agricultural officials to stop spraying pesticides on public and private property to control insects that threaten the state’s $45-billion agriculture industry.

The injunction by a Sacramento County Superior Court judge, issued late last week, could throw a substantial...

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Trump’s EPA Just Made a “Highly Unusual” Concession to a Big Pesticide Company 17.2.2018 Mother Jones
Back in 2016,  seed and pesticide giant Syngenta got some harsh news from the the US Environmental Protection Agency: in a complaint alleging the company had failed to protect workers from exposure to a highly toxic insecticide in an incident at a corn farm it operates in Hawaii, the EPA announced it was seeking $4.8 million in […]
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Critics blast EPA for lowering Syngenta pesticide fine 16.2.2018 AP Business
HONOLULU (AP) -- Critics are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dramatically lowering a fine on agribusiness company Syngenta for violations of pesticide regulations....
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Salesforce, Cargill and others share secrets for buying clean power 14.2.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
There are many paths that corporate buyers can follow to meet renewable energy commitments.
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Talking sustainability, soup and stout with Campbell’s Dave Stangis 7.2.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Talking sustainability, soup and stout with Campbell’s Dave Stangis
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