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Big Ag is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Grim as the UN’s latest climate report is, it doesn’t confront the dangerous, government-hijacking power of agribusiness. Originally Published on Wired, August 28, 2019 Agrochemical giant Monsanto, which already sells half of Malawi’s commercial corn seeds, is trying to prevent farmers from saving seeds from their last harvests. EDDIE GERALD/GETTY IMAGES The latest UN climate report has made waves in the food world. "Climate Change Threatens the World's Food Supply" blared the New York Times. Focused on "Climate Change and Land," the report is a welcome reminder of just how destructive our current food and agricultural policies are to the land, and how that both contributes to climate change

Climate Courage—Cities and States Matter, Too

Across America, local governments are leading the way with some of the most progressive transitions in the nation. Originally Published on Common Dreams, August 8, 2019 Green cities powered only by renewable energy sources—save money, their health, and our planet. (Photo: Eviart / Shutterstock.com) More than one in five Americans—that’s over 70 million of us—now live in a place committed to 100 percent carbon-neutral electricity—including 131 towns and cities, seven states and Puerto Rico. With a Republican-controlled Senate and White House making federal action on climate change look less likely by the day, many hope that states and cities can help pick up the slack. And such hope is not in

America's agriculture is 48 times more toxic than 25 years ago. Blame neonics

A new study shows that the class of insecticides called neonicotinoids poses significant threats to insects, soil and water ‘Neonics are not only considerably more toxic to insects than other insecticides, they are far more persistent in the environment.’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Originally Published on The Guardian, August 7, 2019. More than 50 years ago, Rachel Carson warned of a “silent spring”, the songs of robins and wood thrush silenced by toxic pesticides such as DDT. Today, there is a new pesticide specter: a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids. For years, scientists have been raising the alarm about these bug killers, but a new study reveals a more complete picture of t

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