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Gardening maintenance: A month by month guide

Every spring, people get excited to head to the store for gardening supplies. It’s fun to plant seeds and watch your garden grow, but anyone who wants a green thumb should how to tend plants in every season. It’s possible to garden all year round if you know what to look for and add to your […]

July 12th

Growing Climate Solutions Act moves forward with hearing, House version

Bipartisan legislation to support climate-smart farming methods picked up significant steam in Congress recently. The Growing Climate Solutions Act was introduced in the Senate in early June, and last Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee held a hearing on the bill. Last Friday, an evenly bipartisan group of representatives introduced a House version of the legislation. By […]

Farm bankruptcies on the rise – What can we do about it?

As extreme weather disrupts planting and trade wars shrink the market available to farmers, American agriculture is struggling. One recent report from the American Farm Bureau Federation found that farm bankruptcies were up 24% from last year — one of the steepest rises in modern history. At the same time, farm debt is reaching levels […]

July 7th

Monsanto owner Bayer reaches $10 billion settlement over Roundup cancer lawsuits

Agribusiness giant Bayer announced Wednesday that it reached a more than $10 billion deal to settle thousands of lawsuits that claimed exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup caused cancer. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams A statement from Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in 2018—and thus inherited lawsuits targeting the widely used weedkiller—said the settlement affects “75% of the current Roundup litigation […]

Pass the shiraz, please: how the wine industry can adapt to climate change in Australia

Many Australians enjoy a glass of homegrown wine, and A$2.78 billion worth is exported each year. But hotter, drier conditions under climate change means there are big changes ahead for our wine producers. As climate scientists and science communicators, we’ve been working closely with the wine industry to understand the changing conditions for producing quality wine […]

June 20th

Renewable Roundup: Cooking without gas (Who needs methane, anyway?)

Professional chefs are all agog about municipal bans on natural gas for heating and cooking. Some are suing Berkeley, CA, claiming that the bans on flame will destroy much of the industry. It sounds like a lot of hot air [sic], even gaslighting to me. I want, therefore, to know how much of the protest […]

June 17th

City compost programs turn garbage into ‘black gold’ that boosts food security and social justice

Almost overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed many Americans’ relationships with food. To relieve some of the stress associated with shopping safely for groceries and ensure food security, many people are once again planting “victory gardens.” This tradition hearkens back to previous generations who cultivated home gardens during both World Wars. By Kristen DeAngelis, University […]

June 13th

It’s time to rethink the disrupted US food system from the ground up

Corn stover (stalks, leaves and cobs) left behind after harvesting becomes a mulch and cover crop for soybeans on a Tennessee farm. Lance Cheung, USDA By David R. Montgomery, University of Washington; Jennifer J. Otten, University of Washington, and Sarah M. Collier, University of Washington The Conversation The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic shutdowns have […]

June 10th

Ecoright News: Bipartisan ag bill rewards climate-friendly farmers

Indiana Senator Mike Braun joined a bipartisan group of senators, including Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to introduce the Growing Climate Solutions Act, a bill which would break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. The bill has the support of the American Farm Bureau Federation, National […]

Citizens’ Climate Lobby applauds Sens. Braun, Stabenow, Graham & Whitehouse for agriculture, climate bill

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have introduced a bipartisan bill called the Growing Climate Solutions Act. According to the senators’ press release, the bill “will break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart […]

‘Quietly putting hundreds of species at risk,’ Trump opens marine protected areas to commercial fishing

In a move that environmentalists warned could further imperil hundreds of endangered species and a protected habitat for the sake of profit, President Donald Trump on Friday signed a proclamation rolling back an Obama-era order and opening nearly 5,000 square miles off the coast of New England to commercial fishing. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams “We’re opening […]