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Farmers Wage Organic War on Pests

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New developments in chemical-free pest control.

Since the 2008 U.S. farm bill, annual funding for organic farming research has increased from $3 million to $20 million. With more research dollars, scientists and farmers are delving deeper into organic pest control techniques and gaining a better understanding of the larger natural systems at work. Wild sunflowers, for example, are being planted not as a cash crop but as a home for beneficial......read more

Bees Bummed About Cell Phones

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Signals from mobile phones may be partly to blame for mysterious decline of bee populations around the world

Bee populations around the world are in massive decline, with scientists blaming it on a lack of genetic diversity, urbanization, and increased pesticide use. Now, Swiss scientists have discovered a surprising new culprit that doesn't seem so nefarious from here: our cell phones. The researchers conducted 83 different experiments in which cell phones were placed inside bee hives, and the bees'......read more

Growing Green Awards 2013

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Winners show us how to eat well and protect the environment

NRDC President Frances Beinecke for Huffington Post: Today NRDC announced the winners of the 2013 Growing Green Awards. These awards celebrate the farmers, business owners, and bold thinkers who are transforming America's food system. Each one of them has pioneered ways to provide food that nourishes our families and restores our environment at the same time. This is the fifth year NRDC has......read more

The GMO Clampdown

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Monsanto and GMO lobbyists are feeling the heat from governments

Ocean Robbins for The Huffington Post: It hasn't been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry. Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means that companies like Monsanto will no......read more

Separating GMO Facts from Fear

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In a brilliant article for The New York Times, Amy Harmon explores the fascinating fight over genetically modified crops in Hawaii

In the Sunday edition of The New York Times, Amy Harmon delivers a riveting long read about the battle over banning genetically modified crops on the island of Hawaii. The story follows the case of Greggor Ilagan, a Big Island councillor who supported the ban along with his liberal constituents. Wary of GMO scare stories, Ilagan sets out on a quest for the truth. Harmon traces the path of......read more

Pesticide Studies Won E.P.A.’s Trust, Until Trump’s Team Scorned ‘Secret Science’

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Backed by agrochemical companies, Trump administration and Congress are moving to curb the role of human health studies in regulation.

SALINAS, Calif. — José Camacho once worked the fields here in the Salinas Valley, known as “the Salad Bowl of the World” for its abundance of lettuce and vegetables. His wife still does. But back in 2000, Mr. Camacho, who is 63, got an unusual phone call. He was asked if he wanted to work for a new project studying the effects of pesticides on the children of farm......read more

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