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California banned a pesticide from your food. Now it won’t be manufactured

From the Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2020. The primary manufacturer of a pesticide banned by California and the European Union said it will no longer produce the chemical. Corteva, formerly Dow Agrosciences, said Thursday — the day the pesticide’s sales were officially halted in the state — that it will end production of chlorpyrifos […]

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What Foods Are Banned in Europe but Not Banned in the U.S.?

From the New York Times, December 2018. The European Union prohibits or severely restricts many food additives that have been linked to cancer that are still used in American-made bread, cookies, soft drinks and other processed foods. Europe also bars the use of several drugs that are used in farm animals in the United States, […]

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A battle brews in rural Wisconsin over factory farms

From AG Insider, November 19, 2019. A community divided. A local official accused of self-dealing. A top political appointee ousted from his job. In Wisconsin, a state where the footprint of agribusiness is growing, the question of how to regulate factory farms is a pressing topic from the town hall to the statehouse. The issue made […]

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Farm intentionally with passion

From Agri-View, November 4, 2019. ATHENS, Wis. – In the latest Census of Agriculture, the average American farmer was white, male and pushing 60. Consolidation continues as small- to mid-sized farms shrink in number while large-scale operations grow even larger. Another trend is the increase in female farmers, including more women at the helm of […]

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Healthy diet means a healthy planet, study shows

From The Guardian, October 28, 2019. Eating healthy food is almost always also best for the environment, according to the most sophisticated analysis to date. The researchers said poor diets threaten society by seriously harming people and the planet, but the latest research can inform better choices. The analysis assessed the health and environmental impacts […]

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Planting Native Prairie Could Be a Secret Weapon for Farmers

From Civil Eat, October 15, 2019. In Iowa, researchers and farmers are discovering that planting strips of native prairie amidst farmland benefits soil, water, biodiversity, and more. When farmer Gary Guthrie describes recent changes to his farm, his eyes light up. After adding native prairie to his central Iowa operation, he remembers hearing the hum […]

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Insect ‘apocalypse’ in U.S. driven by 50x increase in toxic pesticides

From National Geographic, August 6, 2019. Bees, butterflies, and other insects are under attack by the very plants they feed on as U.S. agriculture continues to use chemicals known to kill. America’s agricultural landscape is now 48 times more toxic to honeybees, and likely other insects, than it was 25 years ago, almost entirely due […]

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Burnett County passes 1-year moratorium on large-scale farms

From the Wisconsin State Farmer, August 6, 2019. The Burnett County Board has passed a one-year moratorium on large-scale farms with 1,000 or more animal units. The move comes after Cumberland, LLC announced plans to build a $20 million farm for up to 26,000 hogs in the town of Trade Lake earlier this year. Read the article.

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From REAP, July 16, 2019. After two years of conversations and planning with local farmers, institutions and stakeholders, REAP’s answer to getting more fresh, local produce into institutions that feed and care for all residents is off the ground. On Monday, July 15, six employees arrived at the Madison College culinary arts kitchen for their […]

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Monoculture farming is not good for bees: Study

From Environmental Health News, July 11, 2019. Farmers around the world are increasingly relying on pollinators—but not providing the crop diversity bees and other insects need to thrive As agriculture has expanded over the last few decades, global dependence on pollinator insects has increased. But crop diversity hasn’t increased nearly as much – and this […]

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Study finds residue of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormone in non-organic milk

From USA Today, June 26, 2019. Results from a recent study examining what’s in organic versus conventional milk show that the majority of samples of conventional, non-organic milk tested positive for certain low, chronic levels of pesticides, illegal antibiotics and growth hormones. The organic samples tested at either much lower or non-existent rates in comparison. Read the article.