Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns

"The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself."

Source: NY Times, 08/08/2019

Top Climate Scientist Quits USDA, Complaining of Political Suppression

"A top climate scientist quit USDA, following others who say Trump has politicized science." "One of the nation’s leading climate change scientists is quitting the Agriculture Department in protest over the Trump administration’s efforts to bury his groundbreaking study about how rice is losing nutrients because of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."

Source: Politico, 08/06/2019

EPA Won't Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticide Linked To Children’s Health Problems

"The Environmental Protection Agency rejected a petition by environmental and public health groups Thursday to ban a widely used pesticide that has been linked to neurological damage in children, even though a federal court said last year there was “no justification” for such a decision."

Source: Washington Post, 07/19/2019

"Scientists Flee USDA As Research Agencies Move To Kansas City Area"

"A Trump administration decision to move researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Kansas City area is threatening to spark the flight of more than half of the staff selected to move, gutting the agency of its top scientific voices."

Source: The Hill, 07/16/2019

"Where The 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand On Food And Farming"

"Food and farming haven’t been high on the list of campaign priorities in recent decades, except maybe in Iowa. But this year, that appears to be shifting. With the pivotal role that rural voters played in the 2016 election firmly in mind, many presidential candidates are zooming in to address the challenges that abound in today’s farm country. And a number of them are connecting agriculture to other pressing issues—notably climate change, food insecurity, economic development, and more."

Source: Civil Eats, 07/04/2019


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