TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Scientists and farmers agree that phosphorus from agriculture runoff is feeding the blue-green algae blooms on Lake Erie linked to a toxin found in the drinking water of 400,000 people in Ohio and southeastern Michigan last week. Read more
Last weekend, Toledo's 400,000 residents were sent scrambling for bottled water because the stuff from the tap had gone toxic-so toxic that city officials warned people against bathing their children or washing their dishes in it. The likely cause... Read more
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will phase out the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops to feed wildlife and ban neonicotinoid insecticides from all wildlife refuges nationwide by January 2016. The FWS decision, announced via internal... Read more
Please sign this petition asking the EPA to reject Dow's sulfoxaflor (which the EPA itself admits is “very highly toxic” to honeybees) and to withdraw the permission it granted for sulfoxaflor to be used on cotton through 2015.
A while back, I wrote about how the US Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting a slow-motion reassessment of a widely used class of insecticides, even as evidence mounts that it's harming key ecosystem players from pollinating bees to... Read more
A pervasive agricultural insecticide that has been linked to the decline of honeybees is now a near-constant presence in the small and great rivers that flow through Midwestern farm country, according to the first major review of its kind. Read more
Ah, summer-the season when trillions of corn and soybean plants tower horizon-to-horizon in the Midwest. All told, US farmers planted more than 170 million acres in these two crops this year-a combined landmass roughly equal in size to the state... Read more