Surrogate Debate Offers Peek Into Candidates' Stands on Farm Issues

A debate in Iowa last week between presidential candidates' surrogates feature the Romney camp alleging environmental regulations would hurt farmers, while Obama's team emphasized the help his administration had offered to suffering farmers.

"Speaking on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) yesterday blasted the Obama administration for environmental regulations he said were stifling farmers and ranchers.

Source: E&E Daily, 09/17/2012

Stanford Organics Study: Did Methods, Politics Threaten Kids' Health?

After a study by Stanford researchers, published September 4, concluded that organic foods had negligible health benefits, controversy occurred. Now critics, mostly from the environmental health and organic food communities, are challenging the study's methods, its accuracy and completeness, its framing questions, potential conflict of interest stemming from funding support, and the competence of the news media in reporting it.

Source: Huffington Post, 09/14/2012
October 3, 2012 to October 5, 2012

SXSW Eco Conference on Sustainability

In its second year, SXSW Eco is a three-day conference in Austin, TX addressing the need for a concerted, cross sector approach to solving the recognized challenges facing the economy, the environment and civil society.

September 14, 2012

Agriculture and Environmental Protection: The 2012 Farm Bill and Beyond

This national teleconference will address a range of environmental and natural resource issues related to the new Farm Bill. Topics will include: potential changes to working lands and land retirement conservation programs; the scope of compliance requirements under "sodbuster," "swampbuster," and other programs; organic food production incentives; and what the new legislation may mean for concentrated animal feeding operations.

Federal Judge Limits PETA Video Display at Kansas State Fair

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had planned to display a video showing animals being slaughtered and instances of abuse. The fair board said that PETA could only show the video within its booth and out of public view, so that people would have to make a deliberate decision to see it.


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