agriculture

States Seek to Use PFAS-Contaminated Sewage Sludge to Fertilize Crops

States Seek to Use PFAS-Contaminated Sewage Sludge to Fertilize Crops

Some states in the U.S. are giving the go-ahead for the use of sewage sludge as a crop fertilizer with little to no testing, despite the sludge being contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as forever chemicals. While only two states, Michigan and Maine, are currently testing for PFAS contamination in the […]

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    Supermarket Food in the UK Could Soon Have Eco-Labels

    Supermarket Food in the UK Could Soon Have Eco-Labels

    What if when you went grocery shopping, the food and drink labels at the supermarket not only had nutrition information, but details about the environmental impact of products as well? This could soon be a reality in the UK, as the first “transparent and reproducible method” of determining the environmental impact of food and drink […]

    Global Forest Area Declined by 60% Since 1960, Study Finds

    Global Forest Area Declined by 60% Since 1960, Study Finds

    A new study has found an alarming loss in forest areas globally, including that global forest area per capita has dropped from 1.4 hectares in 1960 to just 0.5 hectares per person by 2019, a 60% decline. The research, lead by Ronald Estoque from the Center for Biodiversity and Climate Change, Forestry and Forest Products […]

    2,000+ Cattle Killed By Heat Wave Were Buried, Dumped at Kansas Landfill

    2,000+ Cattle Killed By Heat Wave Were Buried, Dumped at Kansas Landfill

    Extreme heat in Kases last month killed so many cattle that carcases were dumped in landfills or buried in unlined graves, Reuters reports. Normally processed as pet food or fertilizer, the 2,117 cows that died from heat exhaustion the weekend of June 11 overwhelmed standard operating procedures. Burying cattle in unlined pits is a risky option and last resort because of the potential for waste to seep into groundwater.

    EU Announces Plan to Cut Pesticide Use in Half

    EU Announces Plan to Cut Pesticide Use in Half

    The European Commission has proposed a new law that would cut pesticide use in half by 2030 and completely ban the use of these chemicals near schools, playgrounds and hospitals. The proposal is part of a larger set of goals to reverse biodiversity loss and restore 20% of land and seas by the end of […]