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

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

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.

March 29th

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

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.

July 20th

Hank D and the Bee: Bee, the Reluctant Canary

More on the declining health of bees: Have Bees Become Canaries In the Coal Mine? Why Massive Bee Dieoffs May Be a Warning About Our Own Health (AlterNet) From the article: One class of pesticides, neonicotinoids in particular has received a lot of attention for harming bees. In late 2010, the EPA came under fire […]

February 19th

Methyl Iodide on Trial: Dangerous Pesticide Illegally Approved?

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.

February 14th

Weed Killer Atrazine in Your Water?

“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 fact that study after study has demonstrated its dangers, it remains one of the most commonly used herbicides in the U.S. — to the tune […]

December 13th