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Rural America is Ready for Some Sort of a New Deal, Preferably Green

Rural America needs a new deal, or at least a better deal, and if it's green all the better. Farm loan delinquencies are rising to levels not seen since the Farm Debt Crisis of the 1980s, from which the rural midwest never really recovered.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

FDA Medical Adviser: 'Congress is Owned by Pharma'

hearings on the cost of drug prices and allegations of the industry's role in the opioid crisis." data-reactid="15" type="text">Pharmaceutical companies are under the spotlight with congressional hearings on the cost of drug prices and allegations of the industry's role in the opioid crisis. Dr. Raeford Brown, a pediatric anesthesia specialist at the UK Kentucky Children's Hospital and chair of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Committee on Analgesics and Anesthetics, has been openly critical of big pharma and the lack of proper oversight from the FDA.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Organic Food Industry is Booming, and That May Be Bad for Consumers

As organic food shifts from utopian movement to lucrative industry, a war is being waged for its soul. Record organic sales in the United States totaled nearly $50 billion in 2017 according to the Organic Trade Association. Although organic food still represents only 5.5 percent of food sold, its year-over-year growth has been meteoric — taking a cue from conventional agriculture's mantra: “Get big or get out.”

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Regenerative Agriculture Could Save Soil, Water, and the Climate. Here's How the U.S. Government Actively Discourages It.

Last year, a few days before Christmas, Gail Fuller drove me out to the middle of a wind-whipped field just north of Emporia, Kansas. “This is really where it started for me,” he said as he climbed out of the truck, spade in hand. With a thunk, he drove the spade into the ground and pulled out a hunk of earth, holding it up so I could see the texture, which he described as like “chocolate cake” and “black cottage cheese.”

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

If America Can Find $716bn for the Military, It Can Fund the Green New Deal

At long last the political debate in the world's richest country is vibrant with proposals that would help the most vulnerable in our society. And what do we hear in response? A growing chorus of naysayers.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Organic Farmers Association Elects New Governing Council and Policy Committee

The Organic Farmers Association is a national membership body of American organic farmers. The Association's mission is to provide a strong and unified national voice for domestic certified organic producers.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

USDA Has Given Non-Regulated Status to More Than 20 Gene-Edited Crops

According to new research carried out by Testbiotech, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has already given non-regulated status to more than 20 plants genetically engineered with so-called genome editing techniques. None of the applications registered at the USDA were referred for further more detailed assessment.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

How the Air Pollution Crisis Can Affect You

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 92 percent of the world's population breathe polluted air, and nearly 7 million deaths can be attributed to air pollution each year. An overall toxic environment is responsible for at least 25 percent of deaths reported worldwide, and poor air quality is one of the greatest contributors to this risk.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Court Documents Reveal Monsanto's Efforts to Fight Glyphosate's 'Severe Stigma'

In March 2015, agrochemical giant Monsanto had a problem. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that glyphosate, the principal ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weed-killer product, was probably carcinogenic to humans. Negative results from the IARC panel, which identifies and evaluates environmental causes of cancer in humans, could mean a potential hit to the company's profitability.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Gene-Edited Food Quietly Arrives in Restaurant Cooking Oil

Somewhere in the Midwest, a restaurant is frying foods with oil made from gene-edited soybeans. That's according to the company making the oil, which says it's the first commercial use of a gene-edited food in the U.S. Calyxt said it can't reveal its first customer for competitive reasons, but CEO Jim Blome said the oil is 'in use and being eaten.'

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

New Study: Climate Concerns Affect Kids' Mental, Physical Health

Parents may think their kids are too involved with school, friends and activities to pay much attention to climate change. But many kids actually are worried about climate change, according to an article on the Green Living website. The article cited reports of children as young as 7 years old losing sleep over climate concerns.

Now, a new study published in Current Psychiatry Reports says concerns about global warming are putting children “at risk of mental health consequences including PTSD, depression, anxiety, phobias, sleep disorders, attachment disorders and substance abuse.”

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

36 Beagles Could Die if Dow Pesticide Test Isn't Stopped, Investigation Reveals

Thirty-six beagles are in danger of being euthanized at the end of a pesticide test by Dow AgroSciences, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) revealed Tuesday.

The beagles' potential fate was only one of several shocking revelations uncovered by an almost 100-day HSUS investigation into the testing of beagles and hounds at Charles River Laboratories in Michigan.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Who Wants to Work on a Vermont Dairy Farm? A Reporter Spent a Week Finding Out

There is no clock in the milking parlor at Vorsteveld Farm. There are no windows, either, but a couple of hours into my first shift, I stopped wondering what was happening outside. The parlor is like a casino, a cocooned vault where the light is always fluorescent and the time is only now.

There's no point in knowing what month it is or what the weather will be tomorrow, because every day is exactly the same: The ladies come in to be milked 25 at a time, arranging themselves in the stalls according to a mysterious but inviolable pecking order. 

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Global Glyphosate Study Pilot Phase Shows Reproductive and Developmental Effects at 'Safe' Dose

A new study (1) has found that exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs), including Roundup, caused reproductive and developmental effects in both male and female rats, at a dose level currently considered safe in the U.S. (1.75 mg/kg bw/day).

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Florida Cancer Patient Files Billion Dollar Glyphosate Lawsuit Against Bayer

A U.S. woman filed a billion dollar lawsuit on Thursday, accusing Bayer Corporation of marketing a product that gave her cancer. “She's dying,” said Willie Gary, one of attorneys for Melanie LaFond. “She has three young men that's going to be without a mother.” LaFond's three sons are aged 16, 13, and 10, WPBF 25 West Palm Beach reported.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Judge in Second Roundup Cancer Trial Worked for Firm that Defended Monsanto

On March 12, both sides in the Edwin Hardeman vs. Monsanto case delivered their closing arguments in San Francisco Federal Court. Hardeman sued Monsanto (now owned by Bayer), alleging that his longtime use of Roundup weedkiller caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer.

The jury could return its verdict any day now. The six-juror panel must return a unanimous decision, or a mistrial will be called. A new trial would likely take place in May. If the jury returns a guilty verdict, the case will enter the second phase, where Monsanto's liability will be determined and damages may be awarded to the plaintiff.

This week's closing  arguments followed a recent favorable ruling for the plaintiff—this despite new revelations about Chhabria's past ties to Monsanto.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Prenatal Supplements Can Decrease Autism Rates

Prenatal care has drastically changed in the last 100 years. Up until 75 years ago, nearly 66 percent of U.S. women had a home birth with no painkillers. The practice of modern obstetrics included a trend toward hospital births. Much of the first issues in obstetrics was the debate over analgesics used during childbirth and the effort to find something safe for both the mother and the child.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Hip New Teen Trend is Leading the Climate Movement to Save the World

It's a bright and chilly Friday and 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor has been sitting in 40-degree cold for two and a half hours. The seventh-grader has come to the United Nations in Manhattan every Friday for 11 weeks, including during the polar vortex that hit the city a month ago, to protest climate inaction, a vigil that has earned her an enormous amount of attention.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Fight Over Pilgrim's Pride Chicken Claims Expands to Seven States

Editor's note: On February 7, 2019, Organic Consumers Association and Food & Water Watch sued Pilgrim's Pride for deceptive advertising. More here.

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is facing a new front in its battle with the Humane Society of the United States over the way it raises, slaughters and sells its chickens.

The advocacy group said it's following up on a December complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission by sending letters to seven state attorneys general asking them to investigate the company and its claims about how it treats animals. 

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Fruit and Veggie Rx Boxes Deliver Food—and Better Health—to Families in Need

The cheapest foods tend to be calorie-dense but nutritionally bankrupt—think of the bounty a five-spot furnishes from the McDonald's dollar menu. And when straight-up access to nutritious foods is obstructed or barred to many Americans—most often those in communities of color, low-income neighborhoods, and rural areas—swinging by the drive-thru often makes the most sense.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

What is Kombucha Tea?

An increasing number of people have been striving for a healthier lifestyle in recent years. As a result, there's been a surge in the demand for health-boosting beverages. One of the most interesting (and at times controversial) beverages out there is kombucha.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Sanders Connects Farmers' Struggles to Labor Movement in Iowa Rallies

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) headlined three rallies in three days in the early voting state of Iowa this week, turning out nearly 5,000 of his supporters in a display of his campaign's organizational strength and support.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Rights of Wild Rice

Manoomin (wild rice) now has legal rights.  At the close of 2018, the White Earth band of Ojibwe recognized the “Rights of Manoomin” as a part of tribal regulatory authority.  The resolution states, “It has become necessary to provide a legal basis to protect wild rice and fresh water resources as part of our primary treaty foods for future generations.”

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

You Don't Have to Be Young to Join In!

“The house is on fire.”

That's what 16-year-old Greta Thunberg told world leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum on January 25. It's also why she went on strike—to let the adults of the world know that young people are tired of waiting for action on climate change.

Want to show solidarity with Greta and other youth climate activists around the world? 

Join the March 15 international #YouthClimateStrike being promoted in the U.S. by our allies at the Sunrise Movement. Find tips on how to participate here.

 

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

It's 2050 And This Is How We Stopped Climate Change

When NPR interviewed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in February about her Green New Deal, she said that her goal was bigger than just passing some new laws. "What I hope we're able to do is rediscover the power of public imagination," she said.

Well, we're unleashing our imagination and exploring a dream, a possible future in which we're bringing global warming to a halt. It's a world in which greenhouse emissions have ended.

So — what does this world look like?

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Mushrooms Clean Up Toxic Mess, Including Plastic. So Why Aren't They Used More?

When wildfires burned across Northern California in October 2017, they killed at least 43 people and displaced another 100,000. The human toll alone was dire, but the fires also left behind a toxic mess. It wasn't just the record-breaking levels of air pollution.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

U.S. Regulators Clear Path for Genetically Modified Salmon

The Food and Drug Administration said it lifted an alert that had prevented AquaBounty from importing its salmon eggs to its Indiana facility, where they would be grown before being sold as food. The agency noted the salmon has already undergone safety reviews, and that it lifted its alert because the fish would be subject to a new regulation that will require companies to disclose when a food is bioengineered.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Regenerative Agriculture Finds Solid Backing as National Study, Decades of Success Show Ecological Renewal

Fifteen years ago, reeling from the effects of the Millennium drought, he attended a workshop on regenerative agriculture that radically changed the way he farmed and, he believes, saved his life. He had been farming conventionally using pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers, but the course taught him how to partner with nature instead of trying to control it.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

How America's Food Giants Swallowed the Family Farms

Across the midwest, the rise of factory farming is destroying rural communities. And the massive corporations behind this devastation are now eyeing a post-Brexit UK market. When the vast expanse of rural Iowa was carved up for settlers in the 19th century, it was often divided into 160-acre lots. Four farms made a square mile, with a crisscross of dead-straight roads marking the boundaries like a sprawling chess board...

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Green New Deal Too Expensive? New GAO Report Details Hundreds of Billions in Climate-Related Damage

While many lawmakers and pundits continue to complain that the cost of an ambitious Green New Deal would be "too expensive," a new nonpartisan government agency report on Wednesday details the billions upon billions of dollars the U.S. is spending each year as the climate crisis continues to intensify.

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