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One Step Closer to Widespread Use of New Toxic Weed Killer

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Widespread use of a new toxic weed killer could be in store after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybeans. 

In response, EWG said:

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to approve new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds 'brings us one step closer to widespread use of a new toxic weed killer that would threaten children’s health and the environment,' EWG said in a statement.

'We are truly disappointed in the USDA for putting the interests of chemical companies before the health of our children and the environment,' said Mary Ellen Kustin, a senior policy analyst with EWG. 'Instead of putting the brakes on the chemical treadmill, the government is on the fast track to approve more toxic weed killers.’ "

Read the full statement here.

Table Scraps

The 2014 farm bill could cost billions more than expected, according to a new analysis published at Farmdoc Daily.

EWG releases its Good Seafood Guide today, offering guidance about which fish to eat and which fish to approach with caution.

Tweet of the Day

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Herd on the Hill

Ever wanted to make your own sushi?  Here’s your chance – head Masa 14 on Sunday.