6 results for author: gabriel

AgPro Reports New Corn Growers Partnership With Environmental Defense Fund

As of November 14th, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) entered into a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to collaborate around issues of healthy soils, clean water, climate stability, yield resilience, habitat for at-risk species and economic viability for farmers. “EDF and NCGA have been working together for many years,” says Suzy Friedman, EDF senior director for ag sustainability. “For work in agriculture, working with farmers and working and learning from their associations has always been very important.”  “Our histories have had definitely differing opinions and different platforms but we’ve all ...

Reuters reports on Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s anti-environmental platform and it’s implications for food production

On Sunday, October 28th, Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain won a sweeping victory in Brazil's presidential election. He has received intense international criticism for his comments on race, women, and homosexuality, and his support of the former military dictatorship. In addition to the aforementioned stances, he is fiercely anti-environmental regulation. He has pledged to gut the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), the ministry that enforces Brazil's forestry laws, arguing that they over-fine landowners and hold back development. This would undoubtedly have serious implications for the rate ...

The New Food Economy analyzes JAMA Internal Medicine Study on Organic Food and Cancer

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, based on the "NutriNet-Santé" pool of nutrition volunteers in France has asserted that a diet of organic food can reduce the risk of cancer. The New Food Economy writes that while this study isn't baseless and ought to be considered, it takes several shaky steps in it's methodology and should be taken with a grain of salt. You can read the New Food Economy article here.

New Study Calls for Ban on All Organophosphates

In August, the the San Francisco-based Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that there was no safe level of exposure to chlorpyrifos in food, one of the most commonly used agricultural insecticides, and ordered it banned. The Trump administration subsequently appealed the ban, and is asking the full 22-judge court to rehear the case. On Wednesday October 24, a new development emerged in the debate over chlorpyrifos. The peer-reviewed journal PLOS Medicine released a study based on a full review of all existing literature that called for not only chlorpyrifos but the entire class of organophosphate pesticides to be banned to protect the health ...

Pesticide Risk Tool Highlighted in One Planet Network Global Project Database

The Pesticide Risk Tool (PRT), an online tool operated by IPM Institute to assess the potential risks of pesticide applications to non-target organisms including people and pollinators, was recently accepted as an affiliated project of the UN's 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production. PRT is now included in the global database of participating projects. Explore the database here or access the Pesticide Risk Tool directly at pesticiderisk.org

Ethical Corporation’s 2018 Responsible Supply Chain Summit

The 13th annual Responsible Supply Chain Summit took place in London on October 10 - 11, tackling issues of renewable energy, plastic waste and human rights. Ethical Corporation discusses six takeaways from the Summit, which highlight the importance of supply chains in addressing the most pressing sustainability challenges. To read more about the most pressing problems and potential solutions of supply chain sustainability, read the article here.