‘Lost communities’: thousands of wells in rural California may run dry

Years of pumping, drought and a thirsty agriculture industry have taken a heavy toll on the water supply – and new plans are leaving vulnerable residents behind by Susie CagleFri 28 Feb 2020 When Carolina Garcia’s well began pumping sand and air instead of water in 2016, she didn’t know where to turn. The Garcias had … Continue reading “‘Lost communities’: thousands of wells in rural California may run dry”

Record-high global tree cover loss driven by agriculture

by Liz Kimbrough on 10 March 2020  The new data reveals record-breaking global tree cover loss for 2016 through 2018. In 2018 alone, the area of tree cover loss was larger than the UK. Agriculture continues to drive tree cover loss globally and in the tropics while forestry and wildfires drive forest loss in North America. Across … Continue reading “Record-high global tree cover loss driven by agriculture”

The Invisible Poisons: Where are They?

To All, Here is one of those serious issues that has not been adequately addressed due to the power of money in politics as well as being an invisible threat. It is past time that the issue of pesticides gets exposed, creates public outrage and forces the invisible poisons into containment. What’s on those vines? … Continue reading “The Invisible Poisons: Where are They?”

California Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying

Judge Strips State Food Agriculture Agency of Authority to Use Chemicals SACRAMENTO, Calif – A judge has ordered the California Department of Food and Agriculture to stop using chemical pesticides in its statewide program until the agency complies with state environmental laws. The injunction, issued late last week, is a sweeping victory for 11 public-health, conservation, citizen and food-safety groups and the city … Continue reading “California Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying”

Why California’s Nitrate Problem Will Take Decades to Fix

The state has a long-term plan to clean up nitrate-contaminated groundwater, but farmers say more research is still needed and environmental groups think the proposal isn’t strong enough. Written by Erica Gies Published on Aug. 31, 2017 When folks talk about “black gold” in California’s Central Valley, it’s usually a reference to oil – unless you’re in the … Continue reading “Why California’s Nitrate Problem Will Take Decades to Fix”

Fertilizer May Be Good for Plants, but Not for Drinking Water

A new study highlights the health risks of consuming water contaminated with nitrates. (Photo: Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr) Oct 4, 2016 Jason Best is a regular contributor to TakePart who has worked for Gourmet and the Natural Resources Defense Council. When it comes to the chemical free-for-all that generally characterizes industrial agriculture’s approach to modern farming, … Continue reading “Fertilizer May Be Good for Plants, but Not for Drinking Water”

Indigenous Group Sues State Over Recycled Water Management

PRESS RELEASE | FRIDAY, JUL 22, 2016 Wishtoyo Foundation filed a lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the State Water Resources Control Board over the use and management of recycled water throughout California. Wishtoyo alleges that new regulations issued by the State Board on June 7, 2016, fail to adhere to the requirements … Continue reading “Indigenous Group Sues State Over Recycled Water Management”

This Lawsuit Has Put Big Ag On The Defensive In A Major Way

A pending Iowa case could set a new national precedent for water pollution stemming from farms. Aug 02, 2016 Joseph Erbentraut  Senior Reporter, The Huffington Post Earlier this month, the Iowa Soybean Association had a big announcement to make. The group, which represents some 11,000 growers of the state’s second-most-lucrative crop, pledged $150,000 in support for three highly … Continue reading “This Lawsuit Has Put Big Ag On The Defensive In A Major Way”

This Lawsuit Has Put Big Ag On The Defensive In A Major Way

A pending Iowa case could set a new national precedent for water pollution stemming from farms. Aug 02, 2016 Joseph Erbentraut Senior Reporter, The Huffington Post Earlier this month, the Iowa Soybean Association had a big announcement to make. The group, which represents some 11,000 growers of the state’s second-most-lucrative crop, pledged $150,000 in support … Continue reading “This Lawsuit Has Put Big Ag On The Defensive In A Major Way”

To All, This Lawsuit Has Put Big Ag On The Defensive In A Major Way A pending Iowa case could set a new national precedent for water pollution stemming from farms. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/des-moines-water-iowa-farm-lawsuit_us_579a4957e4b0d3568f867e28?section= Three highly agricultural counties — Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac — named in a controversial lawsuit brought by the Des Moines Water Works. … Continue reading “”