In his first year running the US Department of Agriculture, Secretary Sonny Perdue has displayed a curious tendency to say things he really shouldn’t. The most recent example is his striking off-the-cuff comment about a big court judgment won by neighbors of a massive hog farm and its stinking cesspool..what about the rest of us…the polluters should all be WRITING CHECKS to their neighbors…RIGHT…? Does this look like a family farm or a commercial operation…?
A lawsuit this week will call for the state to regulate confinement hog operations, following a landmark jury victory in a nuisance case against Smithfield in North Carolina…we are just getting started…more…LAWYERS..!
The Global Rundown NASA predicts widespread water scarcity after a study shows freshwater decline in 19 global hotspots. Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan agree to study the impact of filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. A leaked report warns that the construction of Cambodia’s largest dam could devastate the Mekong River. The Zambian government levies fees […]
Walmart Stores Inc.’s recent move to begin producing its own milk has prompted Texas-based Dean Foods to cancel contracts with more than 100 farmers in eight states….could this get worse…will there be more…?
Molten salt storage in concentrated solar power plants could meet the electricity-on-demand role of coal and gas, allowing more old, fossil fuel plants to retire…how is that a bad thing..? Falling prices…scary for the BIG GUYS…!
A heat wave sent temperatures spiking 30 degrees above normal in part of the Arctic, and sea ice is taking a nosedive. That ice loss has scientists worried…as well they should be…where will we go if we had to…?
Rural homeowners in Bartholomew County say a big, nearby hog farm – a concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO – is hurting their property values…TRY SELLING YOU HOME WHEN YOU LIVE NEXT TO A FACTORY FARM THAT OPERATES 24 HOURS PER DAY…7 DAYS A WEEK…YOU SMELL IT…FEEL IT…BREATHE IT…! ASK YOUR REALTOR…DOES THAT AFFECT MY PROPERTY VALUES…WHAT SHOULD MY SELLING PRICE BE…?
1. Helps the big get bigger and rich get richer Over the last three decades, American agriculture has become increasingly consolidated. As of 2015, a majority of our food (51 percent) came from farms with over $1 million in annual sales – up 20 percent since 1991. Federal policy has historically contributed to this consolidation…PLEASE READ THIS…THEN CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL AND …TELL THEM TO STOP THE MADNESS…PLEASE..!
On Monday, May 14, a coalition of concerned landowners, family farmers, environmental advocates and policy makers will gather together to announce the launch of a national campaign to ban factory farming in the United States. Food & Water Watch will also release a new report, The Urgent Case for a Ban on Factory Farms.
Amid conflicting scientific studies and growing public concern over the impacts of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the U.S. National Toxicology Program has launched research to examine the health risks of glyphosate and glyphosate-formulations…COUNTRIES HAVE ALREADY BANNED THIS STUFF…STATES OF BANNED IT…IT’S TIME…STOP IT..!
NFFC today sent this letter to Congressional and USDA agriculture leadership urging immediate action on the dairy crisis….this will get a lot worse…consumers are making HEALTHIER choices with their food dollars..!
The private-public partnerships give us a sense we’re part of a community working together to improve our watersheds…PROTECTING OUR SOIL IS NOW JOB #1…you can’t protect the water without fixing the land issue…!