pesticides

Should I Buy an Organic Christmas Tree?

Should I Buy an Organic Christmas Tree?

By Sarah McColl I was on a bright, brisk winter walk recently in my Brooklyn neighborhood when I saw a folksy hand-painted sign lashed to a chain-link fence: “Organic Christmas trees.” It was like learning I’d been singing the wrong Bon Jovi lyrics for 20 years, another recent revelation. My Christmas tree needs to be […]

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    Trump Picks ‘Puppet’ for Special Interests Mike Pompeo to Head CIA

    Trump Picks ‘Puppet’ for Special Interests Mike Pompeo to Head CIA

    By Carey Gillam News that President-elect Donald Trump has asked U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo to be CIA director shows just how dark the days ahead might be for America’s burgeoning food movement, which has been advocating for more transparency and fewer pesticides in food production. Pompeo, a Republican from the farm state of Kansas, was […]

    Trump’s EPA Advisor Myron Ebell a ‘Superstar of the Denialosphere’

    Trump’s EPA Advisor Myron Ebell a ‘Superstar of the Denialosphere’

    By Alex Formuzis and Sonya Lunder Myron Ebell, head of President-elect Donald Trump‘s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team, is a notorious denier of global warming whose biography unashamedly notes that he’s considered a “climate criminal” by activists and “a superstar of the denialosphere” by The Climate War author Eric Pooley. But he’s also […]

    States Join Fed’s Antitrust Probes of Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-DuPont Mergers

    States Join Fed’s Antitrust Probes of Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-DuPont Mergers

    Several U.S. state attorneys general will reportedly join the federal antitrust investigations of the pending multibillion dollar deals between DuPont and Dow Chemical Co and Bayer AG and Monsanto Co, respectively. An online petition to EU Commissioner for Competition: Margrethe Vestager, and Head of the antitrust Authority in the U.S. Department of Justice to block […]

    New York Times Takes Critical Look at False Promise of GMOs

    New York Times Takes Critical Look at False Promise of GMOs

    An article in Sunday’s New York Times has struck a blow to the argument that genetically modified (GMO) crops will help “feed the world.” A New York Times report concluded that, compared to Western Europe, the United States and Canada have “no discernible advantage” in yields after embracing GMOs.Flickr Investigative reporter Danny Hakim’s piece argues […]

    Shocking Number of Top Retailers Sell Food Produced With Pesticides Toxic to Bees

    Shocking Number of Top Retailers Sell Food Produced With Pesticides Toxic to Bees

    A new report and scorecard grades 20 of the largest food retailers in the U.S on their policies and practices regarding pollinator protection, organic offerings and pesticide reduction. Of the top food retailers, 17 received an “F” for failing to have a publicly available policy to reduce or eliminate pesticide use to protect pollinators. Only […]

    It’s Time to Get Rid of Your Lawn!

    It’s Time to Get Rid of Your Lawn!

    By Mary Talbot In a case of taking “the grass is always greener” a bit too literally, American homeowners have long strived to make their lawns brighter, lusher and more velvety than their neighbors’. But all that competition has a devastating environmental impact. Every year across the country, lawns consume nearly 3 trillion gallons of […]

    7 Bees Facing Extinction Added to Endangered Species List for First Time

    7 Bees Facing Extinction Added to Endangered Species List for First Time

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has added seven bee species to the endangered species list, a first for bees. Native to Hawaii, these yellow-faced bees are facing extinction due to habitat loss, wildfires and invasive species. Cantankerous Yellow-faced Bee photographed in Hawai’i County, Hawaii.SteveMlodinow / Flickr The tiny, solitary bees were once abundant […]

    Bayer-Monsanto Merger a ‘5-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply’

    Bayer-Monsanto Merger a ‘5-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply’

    By Katherine Paul It’s been about a week since Monsanto and Bayer confirmed their intention to say “I do”—ample time for media, lawmakers, consumer and farmer advocacy groups, and of course the happy couple themselves, to weigh in on the pros and cons. Reactions poured in from all the usual suspects. Groups like the Farmers […]