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In the US, small organic milk producers face turmoil

From Phys.org, March 14, 2018. With supply exceeding demand, large farms taking center stage and plant-based alternatives luring consumers away, times are hard for small organic milk producers in the United States. “At the current prices, we are in the red,” said Spencer Aitel, who keeps 55 milking cows on his Two Loons Farm in […]

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Why are we so fat despite our best efforts?

From Environmental Health News, March 21, 2018. If you only focus on diet and exercise you’re missing a huge influence—chemicals in our environment that promote weight gain. When you think about the causes of overweight and obesity, conditions that now affect the majority of Americans, two factors likely come to mind immediately: dreadful dietary habits […]

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River guides sink roots in organic farming

From Agri-View, February 13, 2018. From guiding wilderness whitewater trips to starting a farm from scratch, Tenzin and Stacey Botsford aren’t afraid to jump in with both feet. The Botsfords – first-generation farmers – are starting their fourth Community Supported Agriculture season in 2018 at Red Door Family Farm near Athens in Marathon County. A […]

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U.S. chemical makers could face tougher, more costly air pollution controls

From Chemical & Engineering News, March 19, 2018. Court says EPA must revamp emission standards for industrial boilers U.S. chemical manufacturing plants with large industrial boilers may face tighter, more expensive emission control requirements for toxic air pollutants because of a recent federal appeals court decision. The court ordered EPA to revise a 2015 Clean […]

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Feds reject Michigan permit for mine near sensitive tribal waters

From Environmental Health News, March 19, 2018. EPA says state permitting for the mine doesn’t meet Clean Water Act standards or address cultural concerns. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has objected to a wetland permit for the proposed Back Forty Mine in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula near the Wisconsin border. The Menominee Indians across the […]

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A Bold, Divisive Plan to Wean Californians From Cars

From the New York Times, March 16, 2018. Legislation would allow more home building along transit routes to reduce gas-guzzling commutes. Some who support the goal have denounced the method. SAN FRANCISCO — It’s an audacious proposal to get Californians out of their cars: a bill in the State Legislature that would allow eight-story buildings near […]

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Protecting crops with predators instead of poisons

From Environmental Health News, March 15, 2018. Luring falcons to farms can keep pesky insects, rodents and other critters in check—putting a dent in poison and pesticide use Summer carloads of sweet-toothed tourists, flush with cash and seeking local pies and jams, are an economic godsend in northwest Michigan’s cherry-growing region. Other hungry visitors are […]

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Tritium found in groundwater at former Genoa nuclear plant

From the LaCrosse Tribune, March 14, 2018. The company charged with decommissioning a shuttered nuclear power plant in Genoa has reported elevated levels of radioactive material in groundwater. LaCrosseSolutions, a subsidiary of the nuclear waste disposal company EnergySolutions, announced Monday that it had detected elevated levels of tritium in a monitoring well near the former […]

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Four Years After Declaring War on Pollution, China Is Winning

From the New York Times, March 12, 2018. On March 4, 2014, the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, told almost 3,000 delegates at the National People’s Congress and many more watching live on state television, “We will resolutely declare war against pollution as we declared war against poverty.” The statement broke from the country’s longstanding policy […]

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Electric vehicles: good for public health and the planet

From Fresh Energy, June 20, 2017. Car exhaust doesn’t just stink, it kills. Pollution from cars and trucks causes serious harm to both public health and our climate. The transportation sector now contributes more carbon dioxide emissions than electricity generation, and road transportation emissions cause 53,000 premature deaths per year nationally. Transportation pollution disproportionately harms […]

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General Mills To Create South Dakota’s Largest Organic Farm

From CBS Minnesota, March 6, 2018. General Mills announced a deal Tuesday to create South Dakota’s largest organic crop farm as the company works to secure enough organic ingredients to meet growing consumer demand worldwide. Gunsmoke Farms will convert 34,000 acres — more than 53 square miles — near Pierre to organic by 2020, where […]

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Massive solar energy site to provide power to Dane County Regional Airport

From the Wisconsin State Journal, March 6, 2018. A massive solar energy site proposed just north of the Dane County Regional Airport could become the largest solar energy project in south-central Wisconsin and the second largest in Wisconsin, officials say. The project was announced Monday by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, as requests for proposals […]

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Kohler Co. Announces Wind Power Investment

From Cision PR Newswire, March 6, 2018. KOHLER, Wis., March 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Kohler Co. today announced a 15-year agreement to purchase 100 megawatts of wind power per year from the Diamond Vista wind farm located near Salina, Kansas. Enel Green Power North America will construct the project this year and will be the […]

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Cancer Claim for Monsanto’s Roundup Gets Judge’s Scrutiny

From US News, March 5, 2018. Claims that the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup can cause cancer have been evaluated by international agencies, U.S. and foreign regulators and the product’s manufacturer — agribusiness giant Monsanto. Now, a federal judge in San Francisco is conducting his own review during an unusual set […]

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Cleaning products tied to faster lung function decline in women

From Reuters, March 5, 2018. Women with regular exposure to cleaning products may face a steeper decline in lung function over time, according to an international study. Women who used sprays or other cleaning products at least once per week had a more accelerated decline than women who didn’t, the study authors wrote. “We’re cleaning […]

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