Agriculture

"Chairman Accuses EPA Of Playing Politics With Herbicide Study"

"The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee yesterday questioned why U.S. EPA posted -- then suddenly removed -- a study on its website showing that exposure to the herbicide glyphosate doesn't appear to cause cancer."

Source: Greenwire, 05/06/2016

"EPA Takes Offline Report That Says Glyphosate Not Likely Carcinogenic"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday pulled a report offline that concluded glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, saying the document was inadvertently published and the agency had not finished its review of the chemical, which is the key ingredient in Monsanto's herbicides."

Source: Reuters, 05/03/2016

"Beyond Fair Trade: How One Small Coffee Company Helped Transform a Hillside Village In Thailand"

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"Beyond Fair Trade: How One Small Coffee Company Helped Transform a Hillside Village In Thailand"

By Mark Pendergrast
Greystone Books, $18.95

Reviewed by JoANN M. VALENTI

“Compassionate capitalism” sure sounds suspiciously wonky during a political campaign season, but brace yourself for a credible example.

Hawaii's Last Sugar Harvest Paves Way For A Fight On The Land's Future

"For more than 150 years, the big agricultural corporations that produce sugar have been top dogs in the island’s economic life and its political governance. As the industry winds down, a new generation of activists are dreaming big of replacing sugar not only with a new agricultural model but also a new political settlement."

Source: Guardian, 04/29/2016

"Colo. Struggles With Marijuana's Huge Carbon Footprint"

"Colorado, which gets 60 percent of its electricity from coal-burning power plants, has set some of the more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the United States. It wants to cut emissions from its power plants 38 percent by 2030. ... One of the immediate problems of the target-setters, however, is that the state lacks plans from its fastest-growing, most energy-hungry users: owners of indoor marijuana farms."

Source: ClimateWire, 04/28/2016

"Dirt First"

"Rick Haney, gangly and garrulous, paces in front of a congregation of government conservationists, working the room for laughs before he gets to the hard data. The U.S. Department of Agriculture soil scientist points to an aerial photograph of research plots outside his facility in Temple , Texas. “Our drones took this shot,” he says, then shakes his head. “Kidding. We don’t have any drones.”"

Source: Orion, 04/25/2016

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