Agriculture

"Groups Sue Federal EPA To Rescind Florida Wetlands Authority"

"Environmental groups filed suit in federal court Thursday to undo a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month that handed Florida officials primary regulatory authority over the state’s wetlands."

Source: AP, 01/15/2021

‘Red Flag’: How An Ethanol Plant Is Dangerously Polluting A US Village

"For the residents of Mead, Nebraska, the first sign of something amiss was the stench, the smell of something rotting. People reported eye and throat irritation and nosebleeds. Then colonies of bees started dying, birds and butterflies appeared disoriented and pet dogs grew ill, staggering about with dilated pupils."

Source: Guardian, 01/11/2021

"A New Study on Regenerative Grazing Complicates Climate Optimism"

"At White Oak Pastures, an eastern Georgia-based sixth-generation farm, Will Harris “went rogue” and began to transition away from industrial cattle ranching 25 years ago. Since then, Harris has been rotating organic cattle, chickens, and pigs on 3,000 acres of pasture in an effort to improve land degraded by years of conventional cotton and peanut production."

Source: Civil Eats, 01/07/2021

"Trump Admin, in Parting Gift to Industry, Reverses Bird Protections"

"The Trump administration gutted protections for migratory birds on Tuesday, delivering the second of two parting gifts to the oil and gas industry, which has long sought to be shielded from liability for killing birds unintentionally in oil spills, toxic waste ponds and other environmental disasters."

Source: NYTimes, 01/06/2021

"Grasslands May Soon Produce More Greenhouse Gases Than They Sequester"

"The world’s grasslands are an essential carbon sink, and may even be more efficient at capturing atmospheric carbon than trees. But thanks to animal agriculture and fertilizer use, they’re now producing as much greenhouse gas pollution as they sequester, according to a new study published in Nature Communications on Tuesday."

Source: Earther, 01/06/2021

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