Fertilizer responsible for more than 20 percent of agricultural emissions – November 1, 2021

Fertilizer responsible for more than 20 percent of agricultural emissions As the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) gets underway in Glasgow, a new report finds that synthetic nitrogen fertilizers are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought, outpacing even the commercial aviation industry. New proposal in Congress on… Continue reading

Covid-19 cases, deaths among meatpacking workers three times worse than thought – October 28, 2021

Covid-19 cases, deaths among meatpacking workers three times worse than thought Five large meatpackers fell staggeringly short of their duty to protect their workers during the pandemic, with at least 269 deaths and at least 59,000 infections from Covid-19 among their employees — roughly three times more than thought —… Continue reading

Genetic engineering is the future of agriculture, scientists tell lawmakers – October 27, 2021

Genetic engineering is the future of agriculture, scientists tell lawmakers The United States must modernize its regulation of agricultural biotechnology, especially in livestock, to reap the benefits of gene editing and to lead the world in breakthroughs of food production, said a panel of scientists on Tuesday. Joined by some… Continue reading

As COP26 nears, activists say agriculture should be a bigger part of the agenda – October 25, 2021

As COP26 nears, activists say agriculture should be a bigger part of the agenda The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), which starts Oct. 31 in Glasgow, has been billed as a “turning point” for humanity and the “last, best chance” of averting climate disaster. And given the growing awareness… Continue reading

North America can lead the world on climate mitigation, says Vilsack – October 22, 2021

North America can lead the world on climate mitigation, says Vilsack The agriculture ministers of Canada, Mexico, and the United States described national initiatives to boost productivity and slow global warming at the World Food Prize symposium on Thursday, with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack saying, “There’s a tremendous opportunity… Continue reading

Fortenberry is indicted on charges of lying about campaign donations – October 20, 2021

Fortenberry is indicted on charges of lying about campaign donations A federal grand jury in Los Angeles charged Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, the senior Republican on the House panel that oversees USDA funding, with three counts of concealing information and making false statements during an investigation of an illegal $30,000… Continue reading

Farmworker safety agency is needed in California, says report – October 19, 2021

Farmworker safety agency is needed in California, says report The pandemic “simply became another life-threatening hazard” among many facing Indigenous farmworkers in California, said a report released on Monday. Based on surveys and interviews of more than 300 workers, the report called for the creation of a state agency dedicated… Continue reading