The EPA Food Steward’s Pledge asks people of faith to learn more about the problem of food waste, to examine their own contribution to it, and then to take practical step to keep food out of landfills.
What was our water situation like before the Clean Water Act?
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.
Americans waste 40% of the food we produce. So an EPA task force developed a toolkit to help us waste less. Will you add your voice to support it?
According to Rodale.com, 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.
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.
There’s been a sort of mini freakout about EPA using drones to monitor cattle ranchers in the US midwest. So, what are these planes doing over Nebraska and Iowa?
The pressure to stop the sale of the pesticide clothianidin is heating up with a coincidental convergence of several events in the past two weeks…
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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.
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?
The EPA is due to release a report recommending a limit to the amount of dioxins in the diet. The Food Industry Dioxin Working Group opposes those limits.
“If you want to understand all that is wrong with our government’s environmental safety priorities, you need only look at the sad story of the weed killer atrazine. Despite the [ … ]