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Thursday, October 23, 2014

More than 440,000 acres of food crops – including potatoes, peas, grapes and tomatoes – could soon be in the toxic spray zones of a weed-killing chemical linked to Parkinson’s disease and reproductive and immune system problems, now that the Obama administration has approved a new herbicide for widespread use, an EWG analysis shows.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Policy makers seem to freeze with fear when confronted with terrifying algae. Regulatory and voluntary programs still haven’t produced a comprehensive and effective effort to stem nutrient pollution and combat the blooms. Left unchecked, water overloaded with nutrients willl cause more blooms in the future.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today is World Food Day, so many farm leaders will be recycling the canard that American farmers feed the world.   

Do they? 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Now that government agencies have given the green light to Dow AgroSciences to sell 2,4-D-tolerant, genetically engineered corn and soybeans and OK’d dousing them in Enlist Duo weed killer, there’s yet another reason to stand up for consumers’ right to know and to fight for GE labeling.  

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The staggering amount of antibiotics used in raising industrial livestock continues to rise, according to a recent (Oct. 2) Food and Drug Administration report. And most (70 percent) of those drugs are considered “medically important” for humans.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cleaner water in the Chesapeake Bay could mean billions of dollars in economic growth for the region.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

If we’re going to succeed in feeding the world, it will be because we educate and train farmers in countries with persistent hunger and develop innovative and strategic ways to lift people out of poverty so they can buy their own food.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

recently released study by the economic consulting firm ECONorthwest concludes that requiring genetically engineered food to be labeled would cost Americans a mere $2.30 per person per year.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A new analysis by economists at Ohio State University and the University of Illinois concludes that lavish subsidy programs created in the 2014 farm bill could cost taxpayers billions more than expected.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

Advocates of genetically engineered crops claim they will help us “feed the world” by improving crop yields. But is there any actual evidence that GE crops have actually delivered better yields than conventional breeding techniques?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Michael Wang can’t handle the truth.

Apparently he was none too pleased to read “Ethanol’s Broken Promise,” Environmental Working Group’s recent report that showed that reducing corn ethanol consumption would help lower greenhouse gas emissions. But in a response he wrote with his colleagues, Wang once again cherry-picked data to support his claim that corn ethanol is better for the climate than gasoline.

Unfortunately for him, there are several inconvenient truths about ethanol.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

In a newly published review, former Environmental Protection Agency senior scientist Dr. Ramon J. Seidler explains that the agrichemical industry’s promise that genetically engineered crops would reduce pesticide use has been broken.

Friday, September 12, 2014

This week, the Department of Agriculture predicted that the 2014-2015 U.S. corn harvest will be the largest ever. Because of policies that Congress adopted in the 2014 farm bill, that could also mean record payouts of taxpayers’ money.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

From 2003 through 2012, crop insurance premium subsidies cost taxpayers $42.1 billion – 72 percent of the federal crop insurance program’s total costs.   If Congress had paid attention when it had the chance, it would have trimmed premium subsidies – instead of ballooning the deficit.       

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The problem of drift could worsen if the Environmental Protection Agency approves Dow AgroSciences’s new weed killer, Enlist Duo, which contains 2,4-D and glyphosate.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Corn-based ethanol is a major cause of the water pollution that is ravaging the Mississippi River basin and the Gulf of Mexico, a report by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inspector general concluded this week (Sept. 4).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Working with nature is not simple. But you can make a good living at it when you get your business model and growing system in place.

Monday, August 25, 2014

What’s actually troubling is that big agriculture continues to shamelessly attempt to shift blame rather than take responsibility.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

For nearly 70 years, the USDA has relied mostly on voluntary conservation programs that allow farmers to decide for themselves whether or not to use basic conservation measures to prevent runoff from their fields. That runoff can contain high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus that can be hazardous to the health of people and wildlife.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

A New York Times article last week (Aug. 11) explained the problem of “superweeds” but failed to connect the dots between increasing use of the toxic defoliant known as 2,4-D and the serious health risks linked to exposure, which include Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and thyroid and reproductive problems.

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