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The Way Forward Post Zinke’s Repeal of Obama Ban on Lead Ammunition – March 15, 2017

We need to engage hunters and anglers in an open dialogue about the true cost of lead contamination

With frontier flair, Ryan Zinke showed up for his first day of work as interior secretary on horseback on March 2. The former Montana congressman hadn’t been out of the saddle long before he took aim at Obama’s ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle in in national parks and wildlife refuges.

man fly fishingPhoto by Joseph/FlickrWhile the ban has been removed from some 500 million acres of federally administered lands where hunting and angling is allowed, some states — including Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont — already restrict the use of lead bait and tackle.

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by: Eliza Murphy

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Warning: Industry Spin Likely Bad For Your Health and the Environment – July 31, 2015

Big food and ag companies are spending hundreds of millions to manipulate the public conversation about food

Beware the amicable folks on trendy blogs or slick web sites who promise to restore common sense or set the record straight about GMOs or organic food. They get paid to dupe the public.

Record growth of organic, non-genetically modified food sales has beefed-up efforts by the industrial food and agriculture sector to manipulate a public fearful of contaminated food. American consumers forked over $35 billion for certified organic products in 2013. Last year, shoppers spent $ 10 billion on non-GMO certified food.

organic veggiesPhoto by shashinjutsu/FlickrIndustry-funded websites portray organic food advocates as “elitist food nannies.”

The trend has not gone unnoticed.… more

by: Eliza Murphy

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The Comeback Cat – July 23, 2014

Jaguars have critical habitat set aside for them in the Southwest. But is it enough for the predator to recover?

Jaguars are returning to a portion of their historic range in the southwestern United States, having surmounted numerous obstacles along the increasingly militarized US-Mexico border. Yet whether this mysterious carnivore will be able to make a full comeback is in doubt as the animal faces continued hostility from many humans.

A Jaguar in a zoo penPhoto by Eric KilbyThe United States Fish and Wildlife Service has designated 760,000 acres of remote backcountry in Arizona and New Mexico as “critical habitat” to allow for the jaguar to expand from its population center in northern Mexico.

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by: Eliza Murphy

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