"9th Circuit Orders EPA To Act on Neurotoxin Ban"

"Blasting the Environmental Protection Agency for "egregious" delay in the face of an acknowledged threat to human health, a U.S. appeals court has given the agency an Oct. 31 deadline to issue a full and final response to environmentalists' 2007 petition to take the neurotoxin chlorpyrifos off the market."

Source: Reuters, 08/11/2015

Big-Ag-Fueled Algae Bloom Won't Leave Toledo's Water Supply Alone

As August warms waters seasonally in many parts of the U.S., harmful algal blooms are causing health hazards. A prime example is Toledo, where high levels of an algal toxin made city drinking water unusable last year. Algal blooms in the warm, shallow Lake Erie are worsened by agricultural runoff. With climate warming, new algal blooms are showing up in new places, like the Pacific Ocean.

Source: Mother Jones, 08/06/2015

"Strawberries Are in Big Trouble. Scientists Race To Find Solution."

EPA is trying to phase out the soil fumigant methyl bromide, on which the commercial strawberry crop has been dependent. Methyl bromide damages the ozone layer of the atmosphere. But the effort to find an adequate substitute has scientists scrambling.

Source: Wash Post, 08/06/2015

Idaho Judge Strikes Down 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions in Other States

"Idaho's so-called 'ag-gag' law, which outlawed undercover investigations of farming operations, is no more. A judge in the federal District Court for Idaho decided Monday that it was unconstitutional, citing First Amendment protections for free speech. But what about the handful of other states with similar laws on the books?"

Source: NPR, 08/05/2015


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