Agriculture

Enviros, Food Groups Want Endangered Listing for Monarch Butterfly

"A coalition of environmental and food-safety groups is asking the Fish and Wildlife Service to grant endangered species protection to the monarch butterfly, whose U.S. population, the groups say, last year fell to 90 percent below its 20-year average."

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 09/03/2014

"Colorado Researchers Probe Parkinson's Disease Causes, Treatments"

"The corn rows are high and tassled, pumpkins are gaining girth and, amid these signs the fall harvest is near, evidence is growing that farmers and others who live or work around pesticides are at greater risk for neurogenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease."

Source: Denver Post, 09/02/2014

"Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil"

"FARGO, N.D. — The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills."

Source: , 08/26/2014

"Judge Blocks a Local Pesticide Law in Hawaii"

"The law, Ordinance 960, which was enacted last year, bitterly divided the normally idyllic island and also captured global attention. Hawaii’s year-round growing season had made the state a hub for the development of genetically engineered corn seeds that are then planted throughout the United States and in other countries. Corn stalks now sprout where pineapples and sugar cane once grew."

Source: NY Times, 08/26/2014

"The Fine for Months of Manure Spilling? Less Than $500"

"More than 1 million gallons of manure flowed from a small farm for months, say Marathon County officials, quickly filling a storage tank the size of a small basement, then trickling into a wetland and eventually entering the Little Eau Pleine River on the far western edge of the county."

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08/19/2014

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