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Conventional wisdom is by definition logical, predictable, and normal — in other words, a snooze fest. This week the devil buys ice skates and pigs brush up on their aviation skills as OTB takes a closer look at conventional wisdom.Read More
So much for "gone fishing". A report by the Canadian watchdog Environmental Defence has revealed that many types of Great Lakes fish are "somewhat or completely unfit for human consumption". And, the organization warns, fish advisories will increase as more categories of fish are found to be dangerously contaminated.Read More
I read blogs for a living. Okay, I also write, and edit, and coordinate, and track numbers, and a whole host of other things. But every day I receive links to interesting, diverse blogs where people who may have nothing else in common can agree on this one thing: they want to see more support for organics.Read More
You may have heard a thing or two about a little bill that the House is scheduled to vote on at the end of July. Of $76 billion in subsidies in the current Farm Bill, organic farmers would receive less than one percent (Who is getting all that money? Have a look at the Farm Subsidy Database).Read More
Glen Martin, one of the best environmental reporters in California, has written his last story for the San Francisco Chronicle. Glen was one of EWG's favorite journalists. He dug deep into our Farm Subsidies Database and found that billionaire stockbroker Charles Schwab received more than half a million dollars in 2000 – for a rice farm he used as a private duck-hunting club.Read More
Today, Dr. John Boyd, President of the National Black Farmer’s Association, testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.Read More
Farmers, conversation and food, EWG takes on the challenge.Read More
EWG President Ken Cook addresses National Press Club, releasing newest farm subsidy database, on June 12, 2007.Read More
Every year, the Central Valley Project (CVP) moves more than 2 trillion gallons of water - about 18 percent of California's fresh water supply - to thousands of farms in the state's arid heartland.Read More
Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook testified today before the US House of Representatives Agricultural Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research. Using previously unpublished data compiled in response to the congressional mandate in Section 1614 of the 2002 farm bill, Mr. Cook illustrated the need for a dramatic increase in federal agricultural conservation programs.Read More
According to USDA 2007 will see the highest acreage of corn planted since 1944--smashing last year's 79 million acres out of the park. If you want to know how much you'll have to click through to Ken Cook's blog, Mulch. I can tell you this, though: Over 96 percent will be sprayed with weed killers, all will get fertilizer, and almost 70 percent will be GMOs.Read More
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark) today (March 17) unveiled legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs and increase nutrition funding by $4.5 billion over 10 years. Of the total, $1.2 billion would increase the number of children who receive food and $3.2 billion would go toward delivering higher quality meals intended to fight childhood obesity.Read More
Last night I watched the agricultural documentary How to Save the World. The film follows New Zealand bio-dynamic farmer Peter Proctor to India where he works with farmers to transition from chemical intensive agriculture to bio-dynamic farming methods which combine spiritual and holistic practices with organic agriculture to operate
a farm as a closed self-nourishing system.
EWG and the National Black Farmers Association are pleased with the introduction of the Pigford Claims Remedy Act today. Introduced by Representatives Scott (D-VA) and Chabot (R-OH) and Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Obama (D-IL), the act will help thousands of African American farmers who were denied entry in the Pigford v. Glickman settlement.Read More