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Organic food has become mainstream but still has room to grow

From The Conversation, August 17, 2021. Organic food once was viewed as a niche category for health nuts and hippies, but today it’s a routine choice for millions of Americans. For years following passage of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, which established national organic standards, consumers had to seek out organic products at […]

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Study finds link between glyphosate exposure and pregnancy length

From Environmental Health News, August 6, 2021. Women exposed to the herbicide glyphosate were more likely to experience shorter pregnancies, according to a study published last week in the journal Environmental Research. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the widely-used herbicide Roundup. Most research on the health effects of glyphosate has focused on workplace exposures […]

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Research surprise unveils how common herbicide kills bees

From E & E News, April 20, 2021. Many studies already claimed the nation’s most-used weedkiller was lethal to bees, but new research indicates its much-maligned active ingredient — glyphosate — isn’t to blame. Instead, the culprit appears to be inert ingredients added to the herbicide, such as wetting agents called surfactants, according to researchers […]

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Des Moines faces extreme measures to find clean water

From the AP, July 4, 2021. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the dim light just after dawn, Bill Blubaugh parks his Des Moines Water Works pickup truck, grabs a dipper and a couple plastic bottles and walks down a boat ramp to the Raccoon River, where he scoops up samples from a waterway that […]

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Rethinking the Farming Economy

From Yes, June 29, 2021. Each year, farmers like Joe Tisbert of Valley Dream Farm in Cambridge, Vermont, are challenged with finding an outlet for their surplus crop. Surplus crop is defined as the food remaining after a harvest that cannot be sold on the market, or which cannot be harvested. As a result, farmers […]

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Conservation a cornerstone for coach

From Agri-View, June 28, 2021. Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series featuring women who are serving as conservation coaches for Wisconsin Women in Conservation. The Wisconsin collaborative effort is led by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in partnership with the Wisconsin Farmers Union and Renewing the Countryside, as well as the […]


Food dyes linked to attention and activity problems in children

From Environmental Health News, May 6, 2021. Synthetic dyes used as colorants in many common foods and drinks can negatively affect attention and activity in children, according to a comprehensive review of existing evidence published this month by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). Read the article.


EU top court upholds ban on Bayer pesticides linked to harming bees

From Rueters, May 6, 2021. The European Union’s top court on Thursday upheld the EU’s partial ban on three insecticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on certain crops. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Bayer (BAYGn.DE) to overturn a lower EU court’s 2018 decision to uphold the ban. Read the […]

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Organic Valley Launches Loan Program For Clean Energy Projects On Farms

From Wisconsin Public Radio, March 24, 2021. A Wisconsin-based organic cooperative is offering farms low-interest loans to invest in clean energy projects. Organic Valley announced their “Powering the Good” loan fund on Monday. Created through a partnership with Clean Energy Credit Union, the $1 million initiative will provide loans at below-market rates to Organic Valley […]

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Pesticide breakdown products found in hundreds of US streams

From the American Chemical Society, March 23, 2021. When toxic pesticides break down in the environment, the threat they may pose to aquatic life does not simply disappear—instead, they spawn a deluge of derivatives known as transformation products, which can be just as toxic as their parent molecules. An extensive environmental survey of pesticide transformation […]

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Chemicals in plastics damage babies’ brains and must be banned immediately, expert group says

From CNN Health, February 20, 2021. Synthetic chemicals called phthalates are damaging children’s brain development and therefore must be immediately banned from consumer products, according to a group of scientists and health professionals from Project TENDR. Project TENDR, which stands for Targeting Environmental Neuro-Development Risks, is a group of volunteer scientists, health professionals and child […]