What’s Big Ag’s answer to the growing threat of Round-Up resistant superweeds? Why, creating an even deadlier GMO commodity crop that’s resistant to a more powerful herbicide, of course! That’s what Dow has done — creating genetically-modified varieties of corn & soy that are resistant to 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (commonly known as 2,4-D), the chemical that makes up half of the infamous Agent Orange herbicide deployed during the Vietnam war. The USDA is currently taking comments (through February 24th) on these 2,4-D resistant crops.
There are many benefits to starting market booths with kids, but there are some serious considerations, too. Here are some words of wisdom from a few teens who have years of experience in running their own small businesses at the local farmer’s market.
A fiddle and an open case, homemade soap, fresh vegetables…kids learn the value of hard work at the farmer’s market booth. But they develop so much more! Read what the moms and kids have to say about their experiences at the local farmer’s market.
Sometimes following the law isn’t enough. A food co-op in Texas is now fighting for their right to follow the law as it was explained to them by the Health Department. And it’s the Health Department attacking them. Read the bizaare food freedom story here.
Last year, a judge ruled the state of Michigan’s Invasive Species Order was unconstitutional, but the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is still enforcing the order, sometimes killing pet pigs.
The debate over California’s drought is missing a key component: sustainability. It is not whether almonds or alfalfa is worse. (They are both offenders.) Our whole system needs an overhaul.
Congress is going to ask the FDA to crack down on artisan soap makers. These craftsmen and women usually make soap at home and sell it at farmer’s markets, online, or in local natural food outlets.
Earlier this year, the USDA solicited submachine guns. The United States Department of Agriculture! This is an agency tasked with regulating agriculture… and they asked for submachine guns. My question: Why would an agency created to regulate farmers require automatic weapons?
I have always wanted to go to Alaska. Next July, I’ll finally be going. And I’ll be taking one of you lucky readers (and a guest of your choosing) with me.
Big wins can happen in small places. The West Virginia State Supreme Court finalized a big blow to the biotech giant Monsanto this month, finishing a settlement causing Monsanto to pay $93 million to the tiny town of Nitro, West Virginia for poisoning citizens with Agent Orange chemicals.