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Diet and Exercise May Stem Weight Gain of Pregnancy, but Should Begin Early

From the New York Times, September 6, 2018. Overweight women limited their weight gain with a diet and exercise program during pregnancy, but it did not lower their rate of complications like gestational diabetes. For years, maternal health experts have worried about a troubling statistic: More than half of all pregnant women in America are […]

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Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

From the New York Times, August 21, 2018.Honeybees are under siege, straining the business of farming. Now growers are turning to other bee species to help their crops. OMAK, Wash. — Jim Freese grows apples, pears and cherries on 45 acres in the north-central part of this state, on sagebrush-studded land his grandfather bought in […]

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Imperfect Produce expands to Waukesha

From gmToday, August 19, 2018. WAUKESHA — A company seeking to eliminate food waste and help farmers benefit from a full harvest has expanded into the Waukesha market. Imperfect Product launched in Milwaukee this past June and has now spread its services to Waukesha. Each customized box is filled with a variety of organic or […]


Briess receives Business Friends of the Environment Award

From The Courier, August 16, 2018. Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., with a facility in Waterloo, has been recognized by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) with a Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award. It is the 29th consecutive year the WMC has recognized companies for programs that demonstrate an innovative approach to environmental protection […]

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New Research On Tropical Corn Could Help Reduce Fertilizer Used By Farmers

From Wisconsin Public Radio, August 16, 2018. Unique Corn Variety Can Take Nitrogen Out Of The Air, Reducing Need For Artificial Fertilizers That Can Cause Runoff Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have helped discover a corn variety that could reduce the amount of nitrogen fertilizer farmers need to spread. The tropical variety of corn […]

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Federal judges finally just order the EPA to ban a dangerous pesticide

From Popular Science, August 13, 2013. After 11 years of lawsuits, reviews and delays by the Environmental Protection Agency, federal judges last week ordered the agency to ban chlorpyrifos, a widespread agricultural pesticide derived from a class of chemicals first used to develop World War II nerve agents. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals […]

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Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Roundup Cancer Trial

From the New York Times, August 10, 2018. A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a school groundskeeper who said the company’s weedkillers, including Roundup, caused his cancer. The company was ordered pay $289 million in damages. The case of the groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, 46, was the first lawsuit […]


Immigrant Farmers Help Grow Organic Ag in Wisconsin and Beyond

From Civil Eats, July 25, 2018. Sandwiched among dairy farms and fields of conventionally grown corn and soybeans outside Spring Valley, Wisconsin, Thao’s Garden, is the only immigrant-owned, certified organic farm for miles. “We grow all kinds of vegetables,” says Phua Yang Thao, who owns the farm with her husband, Blia Tou Thao. Phua corrects […]

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Chemicals in Food May Harm Children, Pediatricians’ Group Says

From the New York Times, July 23, 2018. Eat more fruits and vegetables, don’t put plastic containers in the microwave or dishwasher and check recycling codes to reduce exposure to chemicals. A major pediatricians’ group is urging families to limit the use of plastic food containers, cut down on processed meat during pregnancy and consume […]

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McDonald’s First to Serve Certified Sustainable Canadian Beef

From Wisconsin Ag Connection, July 13, 2018. In a major nod to the quality of Canadian beef, McDonald’s Canada announced that it will be the first company in Canada to serve Canadian beef from certified sustainable farms and ranches, beginning with its Angus line-up. This means that for the first time ever, McDonald’s 3 million […]

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The Terms on a Food Label to Ignore, and the Ones to Watch For

From the New York Times, July 3, 2018. Food labels are meant to be easy to read, but some terms on those labels are marketing lingo or mean something different than you may think. Here’s what to pay attention to and what to ignore entirely. If your head starts spinning when trying to make healthy […]

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In Baby Teeth, Links Between Chemical Exposure in Pregnancy and Autism

From the New York Times, July 2, 2018. If you are a parent worrying through pregnancy, or maybe trying to make sense of your child’s neurodevelopmental problems, you aren’t always glad to see another story about a new study looking at possible environmental risk factors. From pesticides in the food to phthalates in the plastics […]