Tag: Regulations

Your Organic Meat Might Not Actually Be Organic

March/April 2020 – By Amelia Pang, Mother Jones – If you’ve ever bought organic meat, you’ve noticed the hefty price tag: An organic chicken can cost more than twice a conventional one. For some shoppers, that upcharge is worth it—the circular green and white “USDA Organic” label guarantees that the meat comes from an animal

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Mexico to phase out use of herbicide glyphosate

August 12, 2020 – Reuters – Mexico will gradually phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate by the time the current administration ends in late 2024, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday, following a ministerial spat over the product. More links Mexico to phase out use of herbicide glyphosate

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Ordinance needs new vote for not filing with state

July 23, 2020 – By Anne Berleant, The Weekly Packet – A 2-1 margin victory on July 14 for proponents of the Blue Hill Healthy Ecosystem Ordinance was short lived after the force behind the ordinance, Rick Traub, learned that since he didn’t file the ordinance with the Maine Board of Pesticides, the 588 to

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EPA Scales Back Requirements for Pesticide Testing on Fish

July 15, 2020 – By Sylvia Carignan, Bloomberg Law – The EPA announced Wednesday it will allow pesticide producers to forego certain tests on live fish, which can indicate whether the chemicals accumulate in their bodies and enter the food chain. More links EPA Scales Back Requirements for Pesticide Testing on Fish

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USDA proposes organic enforcement rule, suggests user fees

July 9, 2020 – By Tom Karst, Ag Web – A proposed rule will revise U.S. Department of Agriculture organic regulations to strengthen oversight and enforcement of the production, handling, and sale of organic agricultural products, according to the agency. More links USDA proposes organic enforcement rule, suggests user fees

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Court Finds EPA Violated Pesticide Safety Procedures

July 3, 2020 – By Steve Curwood, Living on Earth – In 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a new, broader use of Dicamba, a powerful herbicide. But a federal appellate court recently found EPA did not adequately consider risks and problems, including costs to farmers who do not use the chemical or who don’t

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