EPA Mulls Ban on Nation’s Most Heavily Used Insecticide – January 21, 2016
Numerous studies have shown that Chlorpyrifos causes serious harm to children and farmworkers
Scott Krogstad grows soybeans and sugar beets in the heart of the Red River Valley near Grand Forks, North Dakota. Like most sugar beet farmers in the Midwest, he wages a difficult war with the unpredictable infestations of the sugar beet root maggot. The maggot, the larva of a small two-winged fly, can completely sever the roots from a beet with its hooked mouth.
Photo by Dan Long
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by: Paul Koberstein
A Very Different Kind of GMO is Headed to Supermarket Shelves – August 17, 2015
Little is known about the environmental and public health impacts of crops using a new technology called RNAi
Soon, maybe within a year, Americans could be eating two new varieties of apple that won’t turn brown after slicing. To make these new transgenic apples, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc., a Canadian company, turned to an advanced biotechnology called RNA interference (RNAi). Okanagan insists its modified Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties— called Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny — are safe to eat. “By the time Arctic apples reach your market, they will be one of the most researched and tested foods on the planet,” the company says on its website. Despite this assurance, a number of disturbing questions remain about how RNAi technology might affect human health.
by: Paul Koberstein
Bill Clinton’s Visionary Northwest Forest Plan Is On the Chopping Block – February 11, 2015
Feds proposal to revise forest management plan that safeguards old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest could lead to increased logging
Twenty years ago, the Clinton administration adopted the Northwest Forest Plan to safeguard what little remained of the region’s heavily logged old-growth forests, as well as protect its imperiled wildlife. The plan limited the timber industry’s access to federal timber in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California. But now, the Obama administration appears willing to concede to the demands of the logging industry and members of Congress who are clamoring for timber they say they were promised but never delivered.
Photo by Sam Beebe