5 results for month: 05/2019

New Food Economy Reports on Crops Modified for Climate Change

5/30/19: As climate change worsens, and weather becomes more extreme and varied, many fear that farmland will no longer support the crops it currently grows. The New Food Economy released an article last week investigating some of the ways geneticists, plant breeders, and agribusinesses are trying to make agriculture more resilient. Read the article here.

Understanding Agroforestry Infographics Available From Savanna Institute

The Savanna Institute has released a series of Understanding Agroforestry infographics. These free, downloadable infographics describe five common agroforestry practices: riparian buffers, forest farming, alley cropping, silvopasture and windbreaks. Each includes an illustration of the practice, a summary of its challenges and benefits and a section of FAQs about implementing the technique. You can find them here.

KCUR Reports on Uneven Pesticide Exposure Tracking in the Midwest

5/20/19: KCUR published an article today discussing the lack of farm worker pesticide exposure incident data in the midwest. "Harvest Public Media asked the departments of agriculture in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska how many worker-exposure incidents were reported between 2013 and 2017. Officials in Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado were able to answer." Read more on KCUR.

Bayer to pay $2 billion after losing suit alleging weedkiller Roundup responsible for defendant’s cancer

5/16/19: Bayer on Monday was ordered by a Northern California jury to pay over $2 billion to an elderly couple who say they were diagnosed with cancer after using the company’s glyphosate-based pesticide Roundup. Bayer is planning on appealing the lawsuit and claims the court's ruling contradicts the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that there are “no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate.” Read more on CNBC

California Bans Chlorpyrifos

5/9/19: Defying the Trump EPA's longstanding inaction, California is now in the process of banning chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide that has been linked to brain damage in children. California governor Gavin Newsom has also proposed $5.7m in new funding to support the transition from chlorpyrifos to “safer, more sustainable alternatives”. DowDuPont spokesman Gregg Schmidt said the agrochemical giant is now “evaluating all options to challenge” California’s ban. Read more on The Guardian.