Dow Crop Chemical Labeled “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans” | EWG

… there is “strong evidence that 2,4-D induces oxidative stress that can operate in humans and moderate evidence that 2,4-D causes immunosuppression, based on in-vivo and in-vitro studies.” “We have known for decades that 2,4-D is harmful to the environment and human health, especially for the farmers and farm workers applying these chemicals to crops,” said Mary Ellen Kustin, senior policy analyst for the Environmental Working Group. “Now that farmers are planting 2,4-D-tolerant …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | April 18, 2015 WASHINGTON – After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in the grocery store anytime soon. The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish this year. That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years — but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

… proposals to create mandatory labeling laws. The bill is an effort to block all of those efforts in a single stroke, said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group. “Clearly this is a legislative Hail Mary designed to not only block states like Vermont from giving people the right to know what they’re eating, but make it much harder for the FDA to craft a national mandatory labeling solution,” he said. Faber said the Pompeo-Butterfield bill would …

‘Man-made’ climate change a major woman’s problem – Business Insider

… fore in global negotiations on climate change, which scientists warn will be responsible for increasingly violent and frequent natural catastrophes around the world. “It boils down to the fact that women and men have different types of vulnerabilities already in the world,” said Tara Shine, special advisor to the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice think tank, headed by the former Irish president-turned UN special envoy for climate change. “And then climate change comes …

ASU talk focuses on vertical agriculture to save space, help environment | savannahnow.com

By Mary Landers For Dickson Despommier and other proponents of vertical agriculture, the future of farming is looking up. Literally. That’s because vertical farming, as the name implies, aims to raise crops in multi-story greenhouses, even warehouses or skyscrapers built or retrofitted for the purpose. “If you farm less on land and more indoors in controlled environments, it has a positive effect on the land by sparing it and returning it to nature, and it also helps to provide food for …

Evidence CSG project may be in danger | Daily Liberal

… part of a memorandum of understanding with the NSW government. “The Narrabri Gas Project is a dud for north west NSW residents, it’s a dud for Santos shareholders, it’s a dud for the NSW government,” Phil Herbert, a farmer from Mary’s Mount, said. “Santos has failed yet again to meet a commitment they made. Santos offer no certainty for our region, just broken promises and a long list of pollution events. “It’s time the government takes note that …