May/June


New study: Agricultural pesticides cause widespread harm to soil health, threaten biodiversity

Most comprehensive review ever conducted of pesticide impacts on soil finds harm to beneficial invertebrates like beetles, earthworms in 71% of cases   A new study published recently by the academic journal Frontiers in Environmental Science finds that pesticides widely used in American agriculture pose a grave threat to organisms that are critical to healthy soil, biodiversity and soil carbon sequestration to fight climate change. Yet, those harms are not considered by U.S. regulators.    The study, by researchers at […]

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Mexico wants to import non-GMO corn, and U.S. grain suppliers say they can deliver it

Mexico’s GMO corn ban presents an opportunity for U.S. farmers to supply non-GMO corn south of the border While U.S. agribusiness groups are trying to pressure Mexico into abandoning their announced bans on glyphosate herbicide and imports of genetically modified corn by 2024, U.S. suppliers of non-GMO seed and grain see an opportunity to supply […]

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Simple Mills’ direct trade program benefits farmers, encourages regenerative ag practices

Food company disrupts commodity agriculture system by contracting directly with farmers and incentivizing regenerative practices In April 2020, Emily Lafferty, senior manager, strategic sourcing at Simple Mills, asked Minnesota farmer John Strohfus if he could grow 300 acres of organic sunflowers for a new organic cracker product her company was developing. Strohfus had never grown […]

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Upcycled food: NETZRO among trailblazers converting food waste into nutritious food products

What’s the number one solution to mitigating climate change, according to Project Drawdown? Eliminating food waste. Nearly 40% of food produced in the U.S.—126 billion pounds each year—is tossed or dumped into landfills where it emits methane gas, a major contributor to climate change. Worldwide that represents a food loss of over $1 trillion. With […]

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