USDA withdraws Obama-era animal welfare standards for organic meat, eggs and dairy

March 14, 2018 by  
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The United States Department of Agriculture has officially withdrawn an Obama-era rule that would have established basic animal welfare standards for organic meat, eggs, and dairy products. The Trump Administration justified its reversal by claiming the rule “exceeds the department’s statutory authority and that the changes to the existing organic regulations could have a negative effect on voluntary participation in the National Organic Program.” The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule, which was originally set to go into effect in March 2017, would have required that organic laying hens have access to a full square foot of space indoors. It also would have clarified exactly what qualifies as “access to the outdoors” and introduced additional regulations regarding the transportation of animals for slaughter and general animal handling. In making its decision, the USDA cited the recent success of the American organic food industry. “The existing robust organic livestock and poultry regulations are effective,” USDA Marketing and Regulatory Program Undersecretary Greg Ibach said in a statement . “The organic industry’s continued growth domestically and globally shows that consumers trust the current approach that balances consumer expectations and the needs of organic producers and handlers.” According to the USDA, the number of certified organic farming operations in the United States grew by seven percent in 2017, while organic sales in the United States expanded nearly $3.7 billion from 2015 to 2016, for a total of nearly $47 billion in sales in 2016. Related: Trump’s USDA staff told to use ‘weather extremes’ instead of ‘climate change’ Despite the growing popularity of food labeled organic, the lack of clarity regarding whatis or isn’t organic can leave consumers in the dark over what exactly they are purchasing. The Trump Administration’s withdrawal of animal welfare regulations for organic products shines a light on the hazy definitions that guide the industry’s practices. One would expect that “organic” animal products are ethically sourced from animals that are raised in humane conditions. As it stands, with the rule withdrawn, “organic” simply means that the animals were provided with organic feed. For those hoping for stricter standards, state-level initiatives such as those in Vermont may offer some promise. Unfortunately, it may require a very different White House and Congress for meaningful animal welfare regulations to be put in place. Via One Green Planet Images via Depositphotos (1)

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PETA urges probe of endangered monkeys’ death at zoo

January 16, 2015 by  
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Two tiny endangered monkeys died  at a Louisiana zoo last week after being left out in the cold overnight, as temps dipped into the 30s F. A third monkey survived the exposure, and the zoo caretaker responsible for the deaths has since resigned. People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for a probe into the deaths to determine if the incident is an indication of wider-spread problems at the zoo. Read the rest of PETA urges probe of endangered monkeys’ death at zoo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cotton top tamarins , cotton top tamarins killed , Louisiana zoo , monkey deaths , monkey zoo deaths , monkeys killed , monkeys killed at Louisiana zoo , monkeys zoo killed , People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals , PETA , United States Department of Agriculture , usda

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US coastlines will be flooding 30 times a year by 2050

January 16, 2015 by  
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By 2050, huge areas of the US coast could be subject to more than 30 days of flooding each year, thanks to accelerating sea level rise from global warming. Recent data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association identifies 2050 as the “tipping point” for nuisance flooding, which refers to floods that see water levels 1 to 2 feet above local high tide. The NOAA says these tipping points will affect all US coastlines , and they’ll even be exceeded in many areas. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of US coastlines will be flooding 30 times a year by 2050 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 30 days of flooding , Climate Change , coastal flood , coastal flooding , flood , flooding , global warming , Katrina , natural disaster , NOAA , ocean rise , sea level rise , tipping point

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The Netherlands Says “No” to Monsanto, Bans RoundUp Herbicide

September 29, 2014 by  
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The Netherlands is the latest country, after Russia, Tasmania and Mexico , to say no to Monsanto. Starting from the end of 2015, the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides to private parties will be prohibited due to a recent decision by the Dutch Parliament. This means that people who spray RoundUp on their gardens and lawns will have to find another form of pest control. The main ingredient in RoundUp, glyphosate, has been linked to cancer, infertility, birth defects, nervous system damage, and kidney disease. Read the rest of The Netherlands Says “No” to Monsanto, Bans RoundUp Herbicide Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $50 , birth defects , bollenboos , cancer , CU , dutch health council , dutch parliament , esther ouwehand , fda , gerard schoue , gifkikker.nl , Glyphosate , Groenlinks , herbicides , infertility , kidney disease , mexico , Monsanto , nervous system damage , party of animals , PvdA , PVV , roundup , russia , SP , tasmania , the netherlands , usda

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USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Designs

March 24, 2014 by  
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Last week at a meeting hosted by the White House, the USDA announced plans to host a competition encouraging architects, engineers, and builders to start designing and building high rises out of a simple and unexpected building material — wood. With so many modern buildings made of concrete and steel, it may seem like a strange choice, but the truth is that new technologies are already producing incredibly strong, lightweight, and flame-resistant timber that could drastically reduce building time and carbon emissions compared to conventional building materials . Read the rest of USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Designs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , carbon footprint , eco friendly buildings , Sustainable Building , Sustainable Construction , tall wood buildings , usda , USDA building contest , wood building , wooden highrises , wooden skyscrapers        

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Golden LED Royal Rice Field Celebrates Sustainable Agriculture in Thailand

March 24, 2014 by  
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USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat

February 7, 2014 by  
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Lengthy droughts , severe storms , epic floods and fires, and extreme temperatures have all wreaked havoc on the agricultural landscape in the past year, putting some ranchers and farmers out of business and causing price fluctuations in the food market. To help assess risk and deal with these threats, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack just announced a new system of climate hubs, which will open all across the US to gather and analyze the effects of climate change. Read the rest of USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: addressing climate change in the US , Agriculture Secretary , Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack , climate change hubs , drought and farming , drought in the US , fighting climate change , fighting global warming , fires and farming , fires impact farmers , flooding and farming , flooding impacts farmers , global warming hubs , obama climate change , obama state of the union , pests and farming , results of climate change , US agriculture , us climate change , usda , USDA Climate Change , USDA climate change hubs , USDA Global Warming , USDA global warming hubs , USDA Hubs , USDA Tom Vilsack        

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Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers

February 6, 2014 by  
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Although the Senate finally passed the long-awaited Farm Bill on Tuesday, the Obama administration has plans to bypass the sluggish, gridlocked legislative branch to help farms face climate change . The White House announced on Wednesday that the administration aims to establish seven regional “climate hubs” to assist rural communities in the event of floods, droughts, fires, soil degradation, and pest damage. Read the rest of Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ames , Climate Change , climate hub , coal fired power plant , colorado , corvallis , durham , el reno , epa , fort collins , global warming , iowa , Keystone XL Pipeline , las cruces , new hampshire , New Mexico , oklahoma , Oregon , president obama , state department , usda , white house        

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Coca-Cola, USDA partner for 5-year watershed restoration effort

September 27, 2013 by  
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Coca-Cola will work with the USDA to beef up watersheds in national parks.

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USDA Whistleblowers Warn of Chemical Hazards in Poultry Plants

April 26, 2013 by  
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Recently, states such as New York, Montana, North Dakota, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri have passed  laws that seek to outlaw or limit undercover farm investigations that have been dubbed “ ag-gag bills ” by activists. But there are still many people who refuse to remain silent in the face of animal and human abuse. The Food Integrity Campagin and The Government Accountability Project have this week published a pair of affidavits from USDA inspectors reporting the unsafe use of chemicals in poultry processing plants and their effects on worker safety. Read the rest of USDA Whistleblowers Warn of Chemical Hazards in Poultry Plants Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: affidavit , chemicals , contamination , inspector , iowa , Kansas , Missouri , montana , New York. , north dakota , offline processing , online processing , peracetic acid , poultry , processing plant , the food integrity campagin , the government accountability project , usda , whistleblower , worker safety        

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