NC bill would ease hog farm biogas permitting

This year's farm bill includes a provision creating a general permit for animal operations to build and operate farm digester systems for capturing methane for energy.

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Tyson Foods' expansion in west Tennessee is pitting longtime farmers against one of the nation's biggest protein suppliers

Scores of Tyson chicken farms have sprung up in west Tennessee in the past three years, as GOP lawmakers stripped environmental oversight.

Iowa Select killed family farms and transformed pork production forever

Iowa’s largest hog producer courted power and turned farming into a numbers game. Businesses like it are increasingly the norm.

‘Significant’ lagoon breaches are just one problem northern Missouri hog farmer faces

State’s hands-off approach to smaller concentrated animal feeding operations is taking a toll on the environment, critics say.

The food we eat is contributing to the rise of superbugs, report suggests

Researchers identified "antibiotic resistance genes" in waterways and soils near factory farms in the U.S., according to a report shared exclusively with Newsweek.

Maryland agency seeks to overturn ruling that it must curb foul poultry air

The Maryland DOE plans to appeal a state judge's ruling that the agency must account for ammonia discharges to the air before issuing water permits to high-density poultry farms.

Livestock, farm runoff put Iowa's Raccoon River on most endangered list

American Rivers leader: 'We’re sounding the alarm because pollution in the Raccoon River is putting drinking water supplies and public health at risk.'

Indiana General Assembly: 2/3rds of environmental bills filed are dead

As the session passes its halfway point, more than two-thirds of bills related to the environment are now dead. Here's what they would have done.

Information on factory farms is spotty at best. The government has been hogtied from doing more

CAFOs have been a point of contention between the livestock industry and environmental activists since they began to proliferate in the 1990s, overtaking small, pasture-feeding operations as the dominant form of animal agriculture in the US.

After pork giant’s cruel killings exposed, FBI pursued critics

The agency, seeking information on an animal rights group, attempted to recruit a former truck driver as an informant, the truck driver says.

After pork giant's cruel killings exposed, FBI pursued critics

The agency, seeking information on an animal rights group, attempted to recruit a former truck driver as an informant, the truck driver says.

Environmental bills to pay attention to this session

Hemp, hog farms and forever chemicals: More than 75 bills related to the Indiana environment were filed this legislative session. Here are the ones to watch.


North Carolina: Smithfield project that converts hog waste to energy worries nearby residents

The N.C. Division of Air Quality granted Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy one of the permits they need to move forward in completing a controversial project to create natural gas by using hog waste in Sampson and Duplin County.

Claire Kelloway: Tom Vilsack for USDA secretary is what's wrong with the Democratic party

Our planet and rural communities cannot afford four more years of Vilsack’s aggressive corporatism.

Gabriel N. Rosenberg, Jan Dutkiewicz: The meat industry’s bestiality problem

Big Agriculture’s artificial insemination is abusive. Most states have rewritten old laws to absolve it—but some haven’t.
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U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

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Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

Food dyes linked to attention and activity problems in children

"Most consumers have no idea that something that is allowed in the food supply by the FDA could trigger adverse behaviors."

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Biden takes a run at America's glaring environmental problems. Can he succeed?

President Biden counts on a tenuous Congressional majority to dramatically alter environmental policy.

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