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Manure-to-Biogas at Dairy Farms Gets EPA and USDA Boost

August 3rd, 2014 | by Important Media Cross-Post

The Energy Department’s methane biogas program has been chugging away in relatively obscurity for several years, and now that’s all about to change. The agency has just teamed up with EPA and the Department of Agriculture to announce a new initiative for ramping up manure-to-biogas at dairy farms and other farming operations, called the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap.

Beware Of What’s In Your Organic Compost

March 29th, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan

According to, well-meaning organic gardeners are sometimes tricked into buying toxic compost. Although the sludge industry has convinced many that sludge is cheap and safe (thanks in part to an expensive PR campaign), a 2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) survey, that collected sewage sludge from 74 randomly selected publicly owned treatment works in 35 states, concluded that all sewage sludge contains toxic and hazardous materials.

Big Ag Subverts Regulatory Process with Threat of Litigation: EPA Drops Proposed CAFO Waste Reporting Rule

July 20th, 2012 | by Tanya Sitton

Last week the EPA withdrew a proposed rule that would have required CAFOs to actually disclose information about how they dispose of toxic waste, for the purpose of regulation ensuring compliance with the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule would have required CAFOs to report their basic waste management practices to the EPA. But industry interests threatened litigation -- so never mind! Once again the EPA fails to protect anyone but Big Ag interests, continuing its bid for a solid 'F' in environmental and consumer protection

Methyl Iodide on Trial: Dangerous Pesticide Illegally Approved?

February 14th, 2012 | by Tanya Sitton

Methyl iodide is one of the worst actors in the Big Ag Pesticide Toolbox. Known to be a dangerous neurotoxin, carcinogen, and endocrine disruptor, the soil fumigant is currently under legal review in California. A major win for health and sustainability fans may be imminent, if the presiding judge rules that methyl iodide was illegally approved

Urgent: Ask EPA to Stop the Spread of Superbugs

January 20th, 2012 | by Jessi Stafford

After promising farmers their genetically-modified (GM) corn would resist crop pests, Monsanto, and Midwestern corn fields, are seeing the evolution of insects that have begun to resist toxins in these "super" crops. How can you take action

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