Agriculture

Posted by Rebekah Wilce on September 08, 2014

A group of 17 residents of Gold Beach, Oregon, who say their properties were doused with pesticides by helicopter are challenging the constitutionality of the law that prevents them from successfully suing the pesticide applicator and timberland owners.

Posted by Rebekah Wilce on August 26, 2014

A Magistrate Judge overturned Kaua'i County's law regulating the use of pesticides and GMOs this week.

Posted by Rebekah Wilce on July 23, 2014

A new review of the American Council on Science and Health's funding reveals that among the foundations that bolster the group's industry funding are two foundations bankrolled by the Koch brothers as well as other prominent right-wing funding groups endowed by chemical manufacturers, investment bankers, railroad barons, and more.

Posted by Rebekah Wilce on June 11, 2014

Hawai'i has become "ground zero" in the controversy over genetically modified (GMO) crops and pesticides. The out-of-state pesticide and GMO firms Syngenta, Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Dow Chemical, BASF, and Bayer CropScience have brought substantial sums of corporate cash into the state's relatively small political arena.

Posted by Rebekah Wilce on May 21, 2014

In a special session called for late September and early October 2013, legislators jammed through a bill that preempts Oregon counties from regulating their own agriculture and seeds.

Posted by Rebekah Wilce on May 21, 2014

A "radical shift away from the collaborative government ... pioneering organic farming advocates demanded."

Posted by Rebekah Wilce on May 12, 2014

Despite huge losses of bees that are crucial to pollination of food plants, pesticide companies selling neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticides -- which a growing body of science indicates contribute to bee declines -- have ramped up efforts to sew doubt about and distract from pesticides' contribution to the problem.

Posted by The PRW Staff on April 25, 2014

- by Lex Horan, Pesticide Action Network of North America

The last of the late spring snowstorms are winding down here in the Midwest, and it won't be long before corn goes into the ground. With corn-planting, of course, comes atrazine applications. And though atrazine doesn't get much use in the colder months, this winter hasn't been a quiet one for the notorious herbicide and its manufacturer, the Syngenta Corporation.

Posted by Rebekah Wilce on February 05, 2014

Congress passed a nearly trillion-dollar omnibus Farm Bill Tuesday after almost three years of debate that one analyst called "fairly epic." This major piece of legislation, which is generally under-covered by the mainstream media, sets farm and food policy for the next five years.

Posted by The PRW Staff on February 04, 2014

With the financial recovery looking more like the Great Recession, people are turning to the real goods and services of the earth economy.

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