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North Carolina Produces 60% of the Country’s Sweet Potatoes. The Crop Is in Trouble

North Carolina Produces 60% of the Country’s Sweet Potatoes. The Crop Is in Trouble

By Dan Nosowitz North Carolina dominates the country’s production in sweet potatoes the way few other states dominate few other crops. The state produces about 60 percent of the country’s total sweet potato crop, more than the next three states—California, Mississippi, and Louisiana—combined. Hurricane Florence’s path of destruction has been fairly well tracked for livestock, […]

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    Will Hurricane Florence Flood North Carolina Factory Farms and Manure Pits?

    Will Hurricane Florence Flood North Carolina Factory Farms and Manure Pits?

    When Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina in 2016, it flooded more than 140 feces-strewn industrial-scale swine and poultry barns, more than a dozen open pits brimming with liquid hog waste and thousands of acres of manure-saturated fields. As Hurricane Florence—far bigger than Matthew—bears down on the state, Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Waterkeeper Alliance are […]

    Category 4 Hurricane Florence Forecast to Hit East Coast

    Category 4 Hurricane Florence Forecast to Hit East Coast

    After starting off as a tropical storm, Florence has rapidly intensified and is expected to become a major hurricane that could make landfall in North and South Carolina later this week. The storm is now a Category 4 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center’s Atlantic branch tweeted in its latest update Monday. “Florence has continued to […]

    Rural Americans Breathe Life Into the Fight Against Factory Farm Polluters

    Rural Americans Breathe Life Into the Fight Against Factory Farm Polluters

    By Sacoby Wilson As U.S. livestock farming becomes more industrial, it is changing rural life. Many people now live near Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)—large facilities that can house thousands of animals in close quarters. Neighbors have to contend with noxious odors, toxic emissions and swarms of insects, and have had little success in obtaining […]

    Victory for Whistleblowers in North Carolina: Court Reinstates Constitutional Challenge to ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law

    Victory for Whistleblowers in North Carolina: Court Reinstates Constitutional Challenge to ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s anti-sunshine law can go forward, reversing the decision of the federal district court. The law was designed to deter whistleblowers and undercover investigators from publicizing information about corporate misconduct, and a coalition including […]

    Asheville Declares First Ever ‘City-Proclaimed’ Vegan Challenge in U.S.

    Asheville Declares First Ever ‘City-Proclaimed’ Vegan Challenge in U.S.

    The famously artsy and progressive city of Asheville, North Carolina declared the week of June 4-10 as the nation’s first “city-proclaimed” seven-day vegan challenge. The initiative—organized by the City of Asheville, regional hospital Mission Health and no-kill shelter Brother Wolf Animal Rescue—aims to promote the vegan diet as a means to combat climate change, mass […]

    Valuable Mid-Atlantic Mussel Officially Listed as Threatened

    Valuable Mid-Atlantic Mussel Officially Listed as Threatened

    In response to a legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today gave Endangered Species Act protection to a freshwater mussel that lives in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. The yellow lance is threatened by pollution from agriculture, logging and urban development, as well as by climate change. […]

    Senate Republicans Push for Extinction of North Carolina’s Red Wolf

    Senate Republicans Push for Extinction of North Carolina’s Red Wolf

    Tucked away in the Senate report accompanying Monday’s funding bill for the Department of the Interior is a directive to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to “end the Red Wolf recovery program and declare the Red Wolf extinct.” “Senate Republicans are trying to hammer a final nail in the coffin of the struggling red […]