|Full plate for Obama’s new FDA administrator|
San Francisco Chronicle - 4/10/2009.By Marion Nestle – The FDA desperately needs fixing. This agency oversees the safety of drugs, medical devices, and food for animals as well as people. This is a large order, but the FDA faces particular hurdles. The industries it regulates do not like being regulated. They prefer self-regulation, and they let Congress know it.
|Big Ag: give us carbon credit, but don’t cap our emissions|
Grist - 4/9/2009.By Tom Philpott – As Congress gears up to consider climate legislation, agribusiness is getting sweaty palms – and for good reason. A landmark 2007 FAO study credited industrial meat production with nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions – a higher propportion than transportation.
|Shades of Green: Quantifying the Benefits of Organic Dairy Production|
Organic Center - 4/9/2009.The "avoided impacts" stemming from applications of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, herbicides and insecticides, and several classes of animal drugs can now be estimated for a single milking cow, a given herd of milking animals, across all cows in a region or all farms shipping to a given dairy processing company, or even for a gallon of milk.
|Online farmers' market opens|
Sun Journal - 4/8/2009.The opening of the online Western Maine Market connecting local farmers and producers with customers went well, said Tricia Cook of the Western Mountains Alliance.