Agriculture

"Bees Facing a Poisoned Spring"

"A new generation of pesticides is making honeybees far more susceptible to disease, even at tiny doses, and may be a clue to the mysterious colony collapse disorder that has devastated bees across the world, the US government's leading bee researcher has found. Yet the discovery has remained unpublished for nearly two years since it was made by the US Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory."

Source: UK Independent, 01/20/2011
October 21, 2021

How White Conservationists Are Changing Life in a Black Farming Town

Pembroke Township, south of Chicago, is a case study in how predominantly white environmental groups can — willfully or not — wind up marginalizing communities of color by prioritizing conservation goals over the wishes of residents. Join ProPublica and Grist for a virtual discussion on race, power and land stewardship. 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Pollution From N.C.’s Poultry Farms Unduly Harms Communities Of Color

"The legislation aimed at regulating North Carolina’s huge and largely unregulated poultry industry seemed modest in scope, ... But as the legislative session in Raleigh came to a close in July, the bill had moved not an inch—and no one was surprised."

Source: Inside Climate News, 10/14/2021

"As Drought Worsens, California Farmers Are Being Paid Not To Grow Crops"

"Green fields of alfalfa and cotton rolled past as Brad Robinson drove through the desert valley where his family has farmed with water from the Colorado River for three generations. Stopping the truck, he stepped onto a dry, brown field where shriveled remnants of alfalfa crunched under his boots."

Source: LA Times, 10/13/2021

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