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Dead zone linked to farm subsidies

New Orleans Times-Picayune, Matthew Brown Published April 16, 2006 Louisiana's fishing industry faces an uncertain future after the pounding it took last hurricane season, but fishers know one thing...

Report highlights reasons

Minnesota Pilot-Independent, Babe Winkelman Published June 19, 2006 What grows larger with each passing summer and is roughly the size of New Jersey? The answer: the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico...

Time to help the 'dead zone'

Peoria Journal Star, Steve Tarter Published June 25, 2006 It's an area the size of Connecticut that fails to harbor aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico.

Addition to climate bill: Cash for no-till farming

Washington, D.C. - Some growers could get payments just to keep farming the way they already are, under changes being made to a House climate bill. Farm groups won provisions in the legislation that...

Farm Bill Conservation Plan Facing Cuts

Argus Leader, Faith Bremner Published September 10, 2008 Senate Democrats are about to renege on an earlier plan to give more money to programs that pay farmers and ranchers to protect wildlife...

For Cancer Defense, the Future of Protein is Green

When health experts look back on the diets of current generations, obsession with protein will surely rank high as a mistake. Here's the hard truth: Americans eat more protein than they need –...

Senate Cuts Would Shave $5 Million From S.D. EQIP Funds, Group Says

Daily Republic, Seth Tupper Published September 24, 2008 South Dakota stands to lose $5.268 million of federal funding that was pledged by the farm bill toward a popular conservation program...

Keys to a Healthy Diet

What we eat is directly and intricately linked to our health. Not only can eating right help prevent many of the most burdensome diseases in America today, such as heart disease and diabetes, but it...

Midwest Floods Bring New Opposition to Ethanol

Environment and Energy Daily, Allison Winter Devastating floods and bad weather in the Midwest are raising the tide of opposition against the renewable fuels standard.

Facing Facts in the Chesapeake Bay

A frayed regulatory framework and dependence on voluntary action has done little to mitigate the damage from agricultural activities in the six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

NPR: Power Breakfast

National Public Radio: Capitol News Connection, Elizabeth Wynne Johnson Today the energy and climate change bill goes to mark-up in the ag committee. Where almost every member has at least one ethanol...

Seizing a Watershed Moment

The Mississippi River Basin supports a vast array of economic, commercial, and recreational activities. But runoff from farm fields pollutes lakes and streams in the 10 states that border the...

Trouble Downstream: Upgrading Conservation Compliance

Due to lax standards and implementation problems, USDA's conservation compliance program is missing cost-effective opportunities to make further, substantial reductions in cropland soil erosion and...

National Tap Water Quality Database

Tap water in 42 states is contaminated with more than 140 unregulated chemicals that lack safety standards, according to EWG's two-and-a-half year investigation of water suppliers' tests of the...

Visit Gasland Tonight in DC

If you're in Washington DC tonight (March 16) and want to see a cracking good documentary film on the dangers of natural gas drilling, then head on over to the Carnegie Institution for Science for a...

Top Ten Food and Farm Stories of 2011

Advocates of healthy food and farm policy reform have had a lot of success in 2011.

Healthy Home Tip 4: Pick plastics carefully

Our homes are filled with plastics, and most of us don't really know what they're made of -- or whether they're safe.

Food Companies Take a Page from Tobacco Industry Playbook

Amid an epidemic of childhood obesity, food companies are taking lessons from the tobacco industry on how to target children with advertisements for unhealthy products. The Sensible Food Policy...

Chef Ann Cooper's Toolbox for the School Lunchbox

After 30 years as a top chef in some of this country's best restaurants, Chef Ann Cooper has turned to fighting the obesity epidemic currently plaguing America's children. First she claimed the title...

What's for (School) Lunch? Cornbread and Corn Cobbettes

“Frito-Lay traveling nachos with cornbread, served with a corn cobbette” – that's what's for lunch today in my old elementary school cafeteria in Richmond, VA.

California Leads on Climate Change, Except in Agriculture

When we talk about California and climate change, agriculture matters. California's agriculture sector faces two major challenges: Reduce its contribution to climate change. Arm itself against the...

America Needs a True Renewable Energy Policy

A coalition of environmental groups, including EWG, released a comprehensive biofuels platform highlighting new scientific evidence that indicates that biofuel production and use results in a net...

After Two Decades of Agricultural Disaster Aid A Chronic Dependency Takes Root

September 2006 Pressure is building in Congress for pre-election enactment of the most expensive emergency agricultural disaster aid bill in history.

Flushing Unwanted Meds No Longer The Conventional Wisdom

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, surveys last year in the Bay area found detecable levels of ibuprofen, DEET and other chemicals, Prozac, and a handful of antibiotics in streams and rivers.