At a time when there are growing concerns over future food shortages and food waste, the added worry of food being unsafe to eat is one more reality Americans must face in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. As Civil Eats reported, the FDA, the EPA, and the USDA oversee the nation’s food safety net […]Continue Reading 512 words
Yesterday the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purdue< announced a series of goals intended to make the farming sector more sustainable, including an effort to cut the carbon footprint of agriculture in half and reducing food waste by 50 percent by 2030, The Hill reported.
Why This Matters: The agriculture sector, according to E&E News, accounts for 9% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, which is less than the transportation (29%) and electricity (28%) sectors, according to EPA.Continue Reading 528 words
Land use and agriculture have recently gained attention as a means to store more carbon in the ground and help fight climate change. However, in the United States, while federal programs do exist to help farmers better manage their soil (most notably the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)) there are too many farmers […]Continue Reading 437 words
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Sodium cyanide “bombs” or M-44s are devices used to kill predators by the USDA’s Wildlife Services in Western states where ranchers complain that these animals kill their herds. This outdated method of killing “nuisance” animals is not only inhumane but also not effective in protecting livestock. Additionally, these devices also kill pets and nearly killed […]Continue Reading 605 words
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it will formally end its controversial research program that has resulted in the death of thousands of cats.Continue Reading 182 words
Don’t be fooled by its beautiful green coat, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a menace that is wiping out ash trees in thirty-five states one way or another. The Washington Post reported that “Loggers in snowy forests are cutting down ash trees like there’s no tomorrow, seeking to stay one step ahead of a […]Continue Reading 481 words
If you thought those frozen chicken nuggets from Perdue and Tysons Foods tasted terrible, there could be a reason why — they had bits of rubber and wood and unlabelled other products like milk (an allergen) in them. Consumers found pieces of “soft, blue rubber” inside the food and contacted Tysons; similarly, consumers found wood […]Continue Reading 529 words