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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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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.https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/06/26/study-finds-organic-milk-cleaner-than-conventional-dairy/1482508001/

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Solar operations can benefit from grazing sheep

From The Country Today, May 16, 2019. In upstate New York, Lexie Hain and Lewis Fox are growing an interesting business, capitalizing on the state’s push for the use of renewable energies. Hain and Fox are partners in Agrivoltaic Solutions LLC, a group of small to mid-size sheep farmers offering to keep solar farms working […]

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Wisconsin Farms See Upturn In Women And Millennial Producers… And Goats

From WISContext, April 30, 2019. he United States Department of Agriculture has released its 2017 agricultural census, and it documents a large and diverse farming economy in Wisconsin, but also one in flux. The census is conducted every 5 years, with the results intended to inform federal policy decisions. The periodic surveys are also useful […]

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How to Minimize Exposures to Hormone Disrupters

From The New York Times, April 1, 2019. “We tend to think hormone disrupters are a mom and baby issue,” said Dr. Leonardo Trasande, the chief of the division of environmental pediatrics at N.Y.U. School of Medicine. “But it literally can be a life and death matter for folks who are not even trying to […]

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Wisconsin Nonprofit Re-Imagines Traditional CSAs

From Foodtank, Fall 2018. Box after box of pre-cut, frozen produce line the shelves of Central Rivers Farmshed’s enormous freezer beside Executive Director, Layne Cozzolino’s office. Nearby, paid kitchen manager and previous restaurant owner, Jan Walter, peels and cuts butternut squash into large chunks. She then sends them through a hand-operated machine that creates smaller cubes—perfect […]


Behind the scenes at one of the Midwest’s biggest organic cranberry farms

From Citypages, December 6, 2018. Though I grew up near New Jersey’s cranberry bogs, I didn’t witness the harvest until I moved to the Midwest. It’s breathtaking: Crimson ponds pulse under the bluest autumn skies, and sandhill cranes arch their graceful necks on shore. (The name “cranberry” was inspired by those birds; they were once […]

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Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe

From Environmental Health News, November 27, 2018.  Weed killers in wheat crackers and cereals, insecticides in apple juice and a mix of multiple pesticides in spinach, string beans and other veggies – all are part of the daily diets of many Americans. For decades, federal officials have declared tiny traces of these contaminants to be […]

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We don’t have enough organic farms. Why not?

From National Geographic, November 20, 2018. It’s been weeks since he harvested his farm’s grains, and though Casey Bailey’s fields are mostly bare, something is brewing below. He kneels on the ground, covered by a thin layer of straw as far as the eye can see, and prods gingerly into the soil. Barely scratching the […]

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Organic produce consumption continues steady rise

From The Packer, November 7, 2018. With consumption of organic products having set a new standard across the U.S. in 2017, organic produce suppliers say they’re poised for further growth. “Organic consumption continues to grow with larger players entering organic,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, CEO of San Diego-based grower-shipper Organics Unlimited Inc. Read the […]

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You can cut your cancer risk by eating organic, a new study says

From CNN, October 22, 2018. You can protect yourself from cancer by eating organic, a new study suggests. Those who frequently eat organic foods lowered their overall risk of developing cancer, a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine finds. Specifically, those who primarily eat organic foods were more likely to ward off non-Hodgkin lymphoma […]


In two months, Ikea sold 1 million of its new veggie hot dogs

From FastCompany, October 11, 2018. At the food counter past the checkout lanes at Ikea stores, where the company sells giant frozen yogurt cones for a dollar and other snacks to keep guests satiated and ready to buy more sofas, it’s now possible to buy a hot dog for just 75 cents. And the hot […]