|Lawsuit Filed to Protect Midwest Wildlife Refuges|
Center for Food Safety - 8/27/2013. A federal lawsuit filed today seeks to halt the planting of genetically engineered (GE) crops and end blanket pesticide use in national wildlife refuges in the Midwest region. The suit demands that the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), which operates the refuges, stop these practices until it undertakes rigorous analyses of their environmental impacts.
|Food companies ante up against GMO initiative|
The Seattle Times - 8/27/2013. By Melissa Allison - The GMO labeling debate is heating up, with the Grocery Manufacturers Association contributing $1.75 million last Friday to help defeat Initiative 522.
|A Safe Place for Bees: Will US Follow Europe in Banning Hive-Killing Pesticides?|
Yes! - 8/27/2013. By Katrina Rabeler - In the United States, the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency released a report in May on honeybee health, the result of collaboration among officials, researchers, beekeepers, and food producers. The report is more comprehensive than previous versions and recommends a shift from reactive to proactive policy.
|Turning Off The Spigot In Western Kansas Farmland|
National Public Radio - 8/27/2013. By Dan Charles - Across the high plains, many farmers depend on underground stores of water, and they worry about wells going dry. A new scientific of western Kansas lays out a predicted timeline for those fears to become reality. But it also shows an alternative path for farming in Kansas: The moment of reckoning can be delayed, and the impact softened, if farmers start conserving water now.