NEW REPORT: Arsenic in 9 Brands of Infant Cereal

From Children’s Environmental Health Network, December 2017. Arsenic can cause cancer and harm a child’s ability to learn. While it contaminates many foods, infant rice cereal is a top exposure source for babies. A new report released by Healthy Babies Bright Futures found six times more arsenic in infant rice cereal brands than other cereals tested. The good news is that switching […]

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Minnesota announces restrictions on using herbicide dicamba

From ABC News, December 12, 2017. Minnesota announced restrictions Tuesday on how farmers can use the herbicide dicamba in 2018, responding to complaints by soybean growers across the country that it harmed their crops this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture set a June 20 cutoff date for applying the herbicide and prohibited applications when […]

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Should You Be Worried About the Arsenic in Your Baby Food?

From the New York Times, December 7, 2017. Rice cereal is often a baby’s first solid food, but it contains relatively high amounts of arsenic, a source of growing concern. Now an advocacy group reports that while the levels of this potentially toxic substance in infant rice cereals have dropped slightly in recent years, rice […]

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Common pesticide can make migrating birds lose their way, research shows

From The Guardian, November 29, 2017. The experimental study is the first to directly show harm to songbirds, extending the known impacts of neonicotinoids beyond insects The world’s most widely used insecticide may cause migrating songbirds to lose their sense of direction and suffer drastic weight loss, according to new research. The work is significant […]

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Challenges Facing Young, First-Generation Farmers

From the Progressive Farmer, November 27, 2017. Young farmers expect policy changes to help them deal with issues such as access to land, affordable health care and student loan debt, according to the 2017 National Young Farmer Survey. While not in every case, the survey highlights some issues impactingmainly smaller, first-generation younger farmers raising vegetables […]

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Wisconsin Study Looks At Ways To Reduce ‘Legacy’ Phosphorus

From Wisconsin Public Radio, March 15, 2017. Researcher: Reducing Fertilizer Use Would Improve Surface Water Quality A long history of heavy fertilization by growers has created an overabundance of phosphorus in Wisconsin soil, according to a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study, and farmers cutting back on manure and fertilizer application would help improve water quality. […]

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Only one in 10 Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables, CDC study finds

From The Guardian, November 17, 2017. Only 12% meet the daily fruit recommendation and 9% the vegetable recommendation, and people living in poverty have especially low rates Only a sliver of Americans eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just 12% of Americans eat the minimum […]

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Liberation Farm Brings Meat, Eggs and Coffee to Stevens Point

From The Pointer, November 15, 2017. Liberation Farm in Almond, offers diverse food options. Holly Petrillo, assistant professor of forestry, began the farm with her husband John Sheffy in 2011. Petrillo said that they first got into farming because they wanted to be able to grow their own food and provide their young daughter the […]

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Study: As Soil Opens For Ethanol Feedstocks, Out Comes The CO2

From Wisconsin Public Radio, November 15, 2017. UW-Madison Study Looks At Biofuel Production And Its Link To Climate Change A study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows the amount of land being converted to crops for ethanol production potentially makes climate change worse. Researchers say more than 7 million acres across the United States were […]

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Central Wisconsin family uses diversity, sustainability in operation

From Wisconsin State Farmer, November 14, 1917. AUBURNDALE – Denise and John Hilgart own and operate 269 acres of farmland in Wood County, WI, just north of the community of Auburndale. The main focus of the farm is almost 57 acres of rotational grazing pastures for their black angus beef livestock, with another 60 acres […]

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Do Pesticides Get Into the Flesh of Fruits and Vegetables?

From the New York Time, November 10, 2017. Q. Do pesticides get into the flesh of conventional fruits and vegetables like cantaloupe, apples and cucumbers? A. Pesticides sprayed on fruits and vegetables accumulate on the outer peel or skin, but the skin does not form an impermeable barrier, and some pesticides are actually designed to […]

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