User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-Regional
Category: Food Production :: Industrial Agriculture
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EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban 28.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Trump administration’s top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency’s push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm children’s brains, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s schedule shows he met with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris on March 9 for about a half hour at a Houston hotel. Both men were featured spe...
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W.Va. governor’s family selling 3 plantations in Virginia 9.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Morgantown, W.Va. • Three plantations owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family are going on the auction block shortly — historic properties near Richmond Virginia, each with a manor house and hundreds of acres of working farmland. Jay Justice, leading the Justice Companies while his father is governor, says the investment properties are for sale because farming was his father’s main focus, while his is coal mining. Flowerdew Hundred along the James River in Hopewell, Virginia, was origin...
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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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Letter: Try a pro-Earth diet 22.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
As thousands across the U.S. get ready to protest environmental budget cuts, each of us can also help with our driving, our recycling and our diet. Yes, our diet. A 2010 United Nations report blames animal agriculture for 70 percent of global freshwater use, 38 percent of land use and 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by fossil fuel combustion to operate farm machinery, trucks, factory farms and slaughterhouses. ...
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Why Utah slaughterhouse inspections received a 'D' in new report by animal welfare group 22.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
There were six times between 2010 and 2015 that animals in a state-inspected slaughterhouse in Utah suffered inhumane treatment, requiring a “noncompliance report” to be filed with the federal government. Depending on what group interprets the data, that minimal number of violations could mean Utah has “good inspectors” or it could be due to “weak oversight.” The nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) in Washington, D.C., cites the latter, saying Utah lacks proper enforcement of federal anima... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Check the freezer! Chicken-nugget meals may contain salmonella 21.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The brownie mix dessert included in some breaded chicken-nugget meals shipped nationwide may be contaminated with salmonella, according to a public-health alert issued Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The items produced by Conagra Brands Inc. affect 110,817 pounds of frozen meals, an FSIS news release states. The FSIS public-health alert applies to the 7.4-ounce vacuum-packed trays of Banquet brand Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese. The trays ...
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Chicken-nugget meal trays shipped nationwide may contain salmonella 21.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The brownie mix dessert included in some breaded chicken-nugget meal trays shipped nationwide may be contaminated with salmonella, according to a public-health alert issued Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The items produced by Conagra Brands Inc. affect 110,817 pounds of frozen meals, an FSIS news release states. The FSIS public-health alert applies to the 7.4-ounce vacuum-packed trays of Banquet brand Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese. The t... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Dow Chemical tries to kill pesticide-risk study 20.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to Trump, and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump’s Cabinet agencies. The companies asked them “to set aside” the results of gove... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Rocky Mountain Land Library hits ambitious Kickstarter goal, sets its sights higher 7.4.2017 Denver Post: Local
Jeff Lee and Ann Marie Martin's dream of turning a dilapidated South Park cattle ranch into a literary "home on the range" reached its ambitious Kickstarter goal on April 5, with two days to spare.
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California’s backcountry drug war 30.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.
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Cargill link to anti-GMO group spurs farmer criticism 29.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Cargill Inc.’s efforts to supply food companies with non-genetically modified ingredients have come under attack from the other side of its business: farmers. In common with several other large agribusinesses, Cargill is adapting to a shift in consumer taste toward more products labeled non-GMO. And just like those companies, it too has agreed to allow the Non-GMO Project, a U.S. non-profit group, to verify some of its supplies to ensure they’re free of ingredients such as modified soy and corn.... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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The mountains, the books, a place of rest and reading: A Colorado couple’s quest to create a land library 14.3.2017 Denver Post: Local
Jeff Lee and Ann Martin hope their recently launched Kickstarter campaign, which asks donors for $125,000 to renovate the building they call Cook’s House, will bring them one step closer to realizing their dream of a library inextricably linked to place.
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These Iowans voted for Trump. Many of them are already disappointed. 27.2.2017 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Of the six swing states that were key to Trump's unexpected win in November, his margin of victory was the highest in Iowa. At the dawn of his presidency, only 42 percent of Iowans approve of the job that he's doing and 49 percent disapprove, according to a poll.
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U.S. unemployment rate ticks up to 4.7 percent 6.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, capping a year of slower but solid hiring and providing the last major snapshot of the economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit from President Barack Obama. Friday’s report from the Labor Department portrayed a job market that remains durable 7½ years after the recovery from the Great Recession began. Though the unemployment rate rose to 4.7 percent from a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, it did so for an encouraging reason: More ...
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NOAA to open Pacific waters to fish farming 6.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Honolulu • As traditional commercial fishing is threatening fish populations worldwide, U.S. officials are working on a plan to expand fish farming into federal waters around the Pacific Ocean. The government sees the move toward aquaculture as a promising solution to overfishing and feeding a hungry planet. But some environmentalists say the industrial-scale farms could do more harm than good to overall fish stocks and ocean health. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is creatin...
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The ‘chickenization’ of beef 26.12.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Obama failed to protect small-scale ranchers competing against Big Ag.
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EPA seeks to fine Syngenta $5M for Hawaii case 16.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Honolulu • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it’s seeking nearly $5 million in fines against a unit of the Swiss chemical giant Syngenta for the company’s alleged violations of pesticide regulations in Hawaii. The violations allegedly occurred on Jan. 20 at Syngenta Seeds’ crop research farm on Kauai where workers entered a field recently sprayed with a restricted insecticide. The EPA said 10 workers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Syngenta failed to tell the ...
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U.S. consumer prices up 0.2 percent in November 15.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Consumer prices rose in November by the smallest amount in three months as the climb in energy prices moderated a bit and food prices remained flat. The Labor Department said Thursday that its consumer price index increased 0.2 percent last month after a 0.4 percent October increase. Energy prices were up 1.2 percent, a slowdown from a 3.5 percent surge in November. The result reflects the fact that gasoline prices rose 2.5 percent last month, less than half the 6.7 percent October ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Monsanto shareholders approve Bayer’s $57 billion takeover 14.12.2016 Denver Post: Business
Monsanto Co. shareholders on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world's biggest agricultural companies.
Monsanto shareholders OK Bayer's $57B takeover 13.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
St. Louis • Monsanto Co. shareholders on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world’s biggest agricultural companies. Preliminary results showed that 99 percent of all votes cast favored the merger announced in September, St. Louis-based Monsanto said. Shareholders will receive $128 per share in cash at the closing of the merger, which must still receive regulatory approval. Monsanto said the deal is expected to close by the end...
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