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Friday, April 29, 2016

After years of debate, the Environmental Protection Agency is finally poised to revoke all uses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which first came on line as a pest control technology in 1965. That action, which could come this year, follows years of accumulating evidence that the organophosphate pesticide poses significant risks to people’s health and the environment. But Big Ag isn’t giving up on chlorpyrifos yet.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

If you care about the environment, human health or helping small growers, you should support reform of the federal crop insurance program.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Last week (April 18) EWG published the names of the fifty billionaires on the Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans who received millions of dollars in farm subsidies between 1995 and 2014. It’s apparent that some folks missed the point. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pollution in Minnesota’s drinking water has gotten worse in recent years, but no one wants to call out the industry responsible. It’s been the primary source of water pollution for decades, making water in some areas of the country dangerous to drink and costing local taxpayers millions of dollars to clean it up.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It’s bad enough that farm subsidy rates are driven by politics, not good policy, as legendary agricultural economist Carl Zulauf noted last week. But it turns out, Zulauf says, that subsidies also drive growers to plow up wetlands and grasslands to grow corn and soybeans, increasing farm pollution. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

All of us who like mushrooms let out a big gasp last week after learning that a GMO mushroom could wind up on our dinner tables without any notice or label.


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Friday, April 22, 2016

Americans might think that there’s a formula to determine the amount of premium subsidies growers get through the federal crop insurance program. They’d be wrong. The subsidies are based on what politicians think taxpayers are willing to pay.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Recently, spring weather in upper Midwest has been warmer and dryer, leading farmers in Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota to plant corn in early April. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Crop Progress Report, since 2013 there's been a big rise in corn planted by mid-April, the earliest farmers in the region can plant and be eligible for federally subsidized crop insurance. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The European Union just banned two agricultural weed killers linked to infertility, reproductive problems and fetal development – the first-ever EU ban on endocrine-disrupting pesticides. That’s good news for Europeans. But as in Europe, many endocrine-disrupting weed killers remain widely used on American crops, and from farm fields make their way into drinking water and food.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Today (April 19) the House Appropriations Committee will mark up the $21 billion agriculture spending bill for fiscal year 2017, which proposes to slash a number of vital conservation programs. To understand what’s at stake in the bill, keep in mind a couple of key points.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

When Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before a Senate committee this morning, she heard a lot about billboards.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Think federal farm subsidies only help out struggling family farmers? Think again.


Monday, April 18, 2016

The cotton industry and its supporters in Congress have not been coy about asking for what they want: a new $10 billion farm subsidy.    


Friday, April 15, 2016

Demand for organic food is soaring – so much so that Costco is running out of it.


Friday, April 8, 2016

Remember when we warned you that Americans are at greater risk of being exposed to Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide than Europeans? Well, that might become even truer if the French government follows through with a new plan to ban some glyphosate weed killers.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

The recent Porter Ranch methane spill in Los Angeles County spewed about 66 tons of methane into the air every hour for four months. After the leak was finally sealed in February, scientists estimated it had discharged a total of 106,000 tons of methane into the air, making it the worst such leak in U.S. history.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Crop insurance hikes up the cost of cropland -- bad news for small farmers who own their own land and growers, large and small, who rent acreage from landlords.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Genetically modified corn and soybeans were supposed to reduce chemical use on farms, but instead they’ve done the exact opposite by creating herbicide-resistant "superweeds" and increasing the use of Monsanto’s toxic weed killer Roundup. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog wants to know how this chemical war on weeds is affecting human health and the environment.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week (March 23) it will allow farmers to plant a new strain of genetically modified (GMO) corn created by Monsanto to be tolerant of the week killers dicamba and glufosinate without government oversight, a step likely to expand the use of these chemical herbicides.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A new study (March 21) concludes that monarch butterflies may go extinct within two decades, largely as the result of widespread adoption of herbicides used with genetically modified corn and soybeans in the United States.