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    Is Your Avocado Toast and Almond Milk Harming Bees? Maybe

    Is Your Avocado Toast and Almond Milk Harming Bees? Maybe

    At first glance, you wouldn’t think avocados and almonds could harm bees; but a closer look at how these popular crops are produced reveals their potentially detrimental effect on pollinators. Turns out, bee labor is required to produce most avocados and almonds in the U.S. Honeybees pollinate most fruits and vegetables in the country, The […]

    Bernie Sanders Votes Against Biden’s Choice for USDA Chief

    Bernie Sanders Votes Against Biden’s Choice for USDA Chief

    By Jessica Corbett Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday was the lone progressive to vote against Tom Vilsack reprising his role as secretary of agriculture, citing concerns that progressive advocacy groups have been raising since even before President Joe Biden officially nominated the former Obama administration appointee. The Senate voted 92-7 to confirm Vilsack, with Sanders […]

    The Corporate Grip on the Food System Is Leaving Many Americans Hungry

    The Corporate Grip on the Food System Is Leaving Many Americans Hungry

    By Philip H. Howard and Mary Hendrickson Agribusiness executives and government policymakers often praise the U.S. food system for producing abundant and affordable food. In fact, however, food costs are rising, and shoppers in many parts of the U.S. have limited access to fresh, healthy products. This isn’t just an academic argument. Even before the […]

    Seeds Must Be Publicly Owned, Food System Activists Urge

    Seeds Must Be Publicly Owned, Food System Activists Urge

    By Kenny Stancil A growing number of people around the world are calling for the public ownership of seeds, which they say is essential for a more democratic and ecologically sound food system, as the coronavirus-driven spike in empty supermarket shelves and the continued loss of biodiversity this year sparked a rise in the popularity […]

    Exposure to Common Herbicide Potentially Harms Endangered Species

    Exposure to Common Herbicide Potentially Harms Endangered Species

    An herbicide commonly used in corn and sorghum fields to kill grasses and weeds is being reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency as being harmful to endangered species, according to a biological evaluation draft currently open for public comment. The exact number of species the herbicide atrazine affects is unknown. However, many environmental groups, such […]

    Dicamba Weed Killer Linked to Cancer Is Reapproved by EPA

    Dicamba Weed Killer Linked to Cancer Is Reapproved by EPA

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of products containing the weedkiller dicamba for use on cotton and soybeans Tuesday. The EPA announcement means that two products that contain the herbicide found to cause cancer can be registered for five years. It also extended the use of a third product that also has dicamba […]