|Making a place at the table for farmers in the future of sustainable agriculture|
Civil Eats - 7/8/2010.By Katy Mamen – Interest in how our food is grown has been rekindled in recent years, with particular focus on sustainable agriculture. But what exactly is sustainable agriculture? Last week, the National Research Council (NRC) published a 570-page report, Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems for the 21st Century.
|Weighing safety of weed killer in drinking water, EPA relies heavily on industry-backed studies|
Grist - 7/8/2010.By Danielle Ivory – Companies with a financial interest in a weed-killer sometimes found in drinking water paid for thousands of studies federal regulators are using to assess the herbicide's health risks, records of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show. Many of these industry-funded studies, which largely support atrazine's safety, have never been published or subjected to an independent scientific peer review.
|One year after Ontario ban: over 80% decline of most common pesticides in surface waters|
Treehugger - 7/7/2010.By Christine Lepisto – In April 2009, it became illegal to sell or apply pesticides for cosmetic lawncare in Ontario, Canada. It seems like a no-brainer risk versus benefits analysis: the benefit is … hmmm, just cosmetic … while the risks are real, documented, and pervasive. But somehow the allure of a green, weed-free lawn keeps conquering rationality.
|Arsenic found in Utah kids’ pee traced to their pet chickens’ feed|
Grist - 7/7/2010.By Bonnie Azab Powell – Backyard chickens: Fun for the entire family! That is, until your kids get arsenic poisoning from them. The Utah Department of Health tracked worrisome levels of arsenic in two kids' urine to the family's backyard chicken coop, reports Judy Fahys in the Salt Lake Tribune. More specifically, to the arsenic-based additive called roxarsone that (along with others) is commonly used in animal feed, and that somehow wound up in the eggs from those chickens.