Low-cal additives are finding a place in pollution control — even as scientists dig into whether they are pollutants in their own right. Ensia.
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Many of the foreign-born workers the region depends on are undocumented and do not qualify for most disaster aid. They may struggle to find affordable housing. New York Times.
Jobs, homes and lives are at risk when extreme weather strikes the communities that grow America's food. InsideClimate News.
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New book explores controversial weed killer, cancer and corrupt science. Environmental Health News.
As California moves forward with glyphosate listing, debate over warning labels, exposure limits continue. Environmental Health News.
It’s been 34 years since Monsanto Co. presented U.S. regulators with a seemingly routine study analyzing the effects the company’s best-selling herbicide might have on rodents. Now, that study is once again under the microscope. Environmental Health News.
Our native salmon populations are struggling to survive diminished habitat, warmer waters, dams and culverts, tainted runoff, and industrial pollution. Let’s remove the additional risks posed by Atlantic salmon. more…
Food insecurity in the form of malnutrition could be addressed in both developed and developing countries with the help of agricultural biotechnology. Did you know that the same technologies may conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable food production? The Forum.
Despite a wheat crisis, a raging war, and saga of violence, these bakers are bringing their sweets to the world. Civil Eats.
The threat of global annihilation may feel as present as it did during the Cold War, but today's high-security shelters could not be more different from their 20th-century counterparts. CNN.
Editor comments: This is a less nuanced version of a similar story that appeared in the New Yorker in January 2017. -JPM
A plant conservationist from Syria and his colleagues are safeguarding seeds that might be crucial when more parts of the world become as hot and arid as the Middle East. New York Times.
Global hunger has fallen more than a quarter since 2000, but conflict and climate shocks are beginning to reverse these gains, an annual global hunger index said on Thursday. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Residents that are battling to find grazing for their cattle can now also earn cash hacking down Prosopis juliflora, a fast-growing invasive species and turning it into charcoal. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Original North American foods and Native foodways are vital to creating a healthy and sustainable future. more…
In hyper-fertile Central Illinois, sustainable farmers seek local support, but end up trekking their wares to Chicago. Civil Eats.
Minnesota is poised to roll out its first-ever strategy to protect drinking water from the farm fertilizers that carry nitrates — one of Minnesota’s worst pollution problems. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota.
The water under Colorado’s Eastern Plains is running dry as farmers keep irrigating “great American desert.”
Farmers say they’re trying to wean from groundwater, but admit there are no easy answers amid pressures of corn prices, urban growth and interstate water agreements. Denver Post, Colorado.
26-year study reveals natural biological factors kick in once warming reaches certain point, leading to potentially unstoppable increase in temperatures. The Guardian.
A new study says small patches of native prairie plants provide a range of conservation benefits to Iowa’s landscape and could reduce water pollution from farm fields. Harvest Public Media.
The term environmental justice grew out of protests in Warren County, N.C. The year was 1982, and the county’s primarily African-American community was protesting the dumping of contaminated soil in their town. Buffalo WBFO Radio, New York.
With help from Pima County’s public libraries, Tucsonans grow urban gardens. High Country News.
Solutions and Good News
Halifax County, North Carolina, had some of the lowest health rankings in the state. Alarmed by this, the community pulled together to start making major changes. North Carolina Health News, North Carolina.
The veteran nutrition director who reformed Detroit's school food takes on a new challenge in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Civil Eats.
Minnesota ranks ninth nationally in organic production and sales with double-digit growth that mirrors trends around the country. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota.
As the city starts on the long road of recovery, food banks, urban farmers, and others are joining forces to feed the city. Civil Eats.
A new pilot project in North Dakota aims to get past frequent finger-pointing between beekeepers and farmers over the decline in bee populations and get them to work together with scientists to reverse the trend. Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota.
Billions in spending aiding the fight against threats like runoff, warming climate. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota.
Some recent research suggests that, over the long term, drinking water with nitrates at just half the U.S. limit raises cancer risks for children and adults. FairWarning.
Can the USDA continue to do its work amid major reorganizations and minimal appointments and new hires? Civil Eats.
This fall, the number of chinook salmon making their way from the ocean up the Klamath River in the far northwest corner of California is the lowest on record. That’s devastating news for the Yurok tribe. California Report, California, Food & Environment Reporting Network.
People in poor communities hit hard by the hurricane are rationing their food, water and propane, and hospitals are trying to operate on shaky power supplies. InsideClimate News.
Dicamba has emerged as a successor to Monsanto's Roundup, but recriminations and lawsuits have followed. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri.
Citing President Donald Trump's calls for deregulation, Republican lawmakers and the chicken industry are aggressively lobbying to speed up poultry inspection lines. NBC News.
Using imported seed, "you are not sure if you will harvest enough to offset the costs" - so local seed is gaining ground, farmers say. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
A researcher says he was surprised to find how four samples of New Zealand honey contained traces of a class of pesticides known for their role in the decline of bees. New Zealand Herald.
The change in the natural flow of the Teles Pires river is reducing fish catches, which native people living in the lower stretch of the basin depend on as their main source of protein. Inter Press Service.
Rabobank NA is launching with the United Nations $1 billion in financing for farmers to transition to more sustainable practices as food companies and consumers are demanding more supply chain transparency. Reuters.
Suggesting a new regulatory authority for food safety standards, Senior Advise Ministry of National Food Security and Research Malik Zahoor on Monday admitted the failure of the state to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. Lahore Nation, Pakistan.