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Soil Health 101: Everything You Need to Know

Soil Health 101: Everything You Need to Know

While healthy soil’s role in food and the environment was (and still is) no secret to Indigenous communities, there has been a public rise in conversations about soil health over the last two decades due to its ability to be more sustainable and to help fight climate change.  

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    The Dangers of Runoff From Land

    The Dangers of Runoff From Land

    With #PlasticFreeJuly upon us, there has been a necessary, global focus on curbing plastic pollution and other trash that comes from land and often ends up in the sea. Now, in partnership with Plastic Oceans International, EcoWatch is highlighting the dangers of another land-based source of ecological harm: runoff. According to the United States Geological […]

    There’s No Compromising on Science When It Comes to Protecting Water Quality in the Nation’s Rivers and Streams

    There’s No Compromising on Science When It Comes to Protecting Water Quality in the Nation’s Rivers and Streams

    By Derrick Z. Jackson With its “Waters of the United States” rule, President Obama’s administration enacted unprecedented protections of rivers and streams. The Trump administration, ignoring science and the importance of wetlands, tried to return many of those waterways back to polluters by rolling back the Waters of the US rule. Now Michael Regan, President […]

    80 Groups Blast U.S. Interference in Mexico’s Phaseout of Glyphosate and GM Corn

    80 Groups Blast U.S. Interference in Mexico’s Phaseout of Glyphosate and GM Corn

    By Jessica Corbett A coalition of 80 U.S. agricultural, consumer, environmental, public health, and worker groups sent a letter Thursday to key figures in the Biden administration calling for them to “respect Mexico’s sovereignty and refrain from interfering with its right to enact health-protective policies” — specifically, the phaseout of the herbicide glyphosate and the […]

    Pesticide Toxicity to Bees Doubled in a Decade, Study Shows

    Pesticide Toxicity to Bees Doubled in a Decade, Study Shows

    By Andrea Germanos Despite lower applied amounts of pesticides in U.S. agriculture, their toxicity to non-target species including honeybees more than doubled in a decade, according to a new study. The findings by a team of researchers from Germany’s University Koblenz-Landau were published Friday in the journal Science. “We have taken a large body of […]

    Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

    Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

    By Iris Figueroa and Amy K. Liebman COVID-19 is having disproportionate impacts on our nation’s two million farmworkers, who as essential workers continue to toil in the fields despite numerous deadly outbreaks and no federal COVID-related workplace protections. COVID-19 has pulled back the veil on the strikingly poor workplace conditions of these essential workers, built […]

    Neonic Pesticides Could Spell Disaster for Our Food Supply

    Neonic Pesticides Could Spell Disaster for Our Food Supply

    By Daniel Raichel Industry would have us believe that pesticides help sustain food production — a necessary chemical trade-off for keeping harmful bugs at bay and ensuring we have enough to eat. But the data often tell a different story—particularly in the case of neonicotinoid pesticides, also known as neonics. Despite being the most widely […]