The U.S. still uses many pesticides banned in other countries

About 150 agricultural pesticides that the World Health Organization considers “hazardous” at some level to human health were used in the United States in 2017, according to U.S. Geological Survey data.
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Fertilizer use driving rapid rise in potent nitrous oxide emissions

Emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) have surpassed projections by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, jeopardizing the goals of the Paris Agreement.


Farmers are facing a phosphorus crisis. The solution starts with soil.

Overuse of fertilizer has led to phosphorus shortages and water pollution. But farms might not need so much to grow healthy crops.

Trump funnels record subsidies to farmers ahead of Election Day

Despite an extraordinary government bailout, America’s agriculture sector remains under severe economic pressure.

How the animal agriculture industry surveils, punishes critics

A respected Bay Area veterinarian endures widespread attacks following an industry “alert” about her criticisms of factory farms.

The world’s largest insect farm will grow hundreds of millions of beetles—for eating

In France, the new farm will supply a low-carbon source of protein for pet food, fertilizer, and fish feed, replacing land-intensive options such as soy or cows.

Automated harvest is coming. What will it mean for farmworkers and rural communities?

The pandemic is making robots in the field more appealing to farmers and investors. But advocates say not everyone is likely to benefit equally from the shift.

Proposed new poultry farm in Chatham County: 750,000 birds, taxpayer-funded — and lots of secrets

Although not the farmer, Sen. Tom McInnis of Richmond County owns the land for a proposed poultry farm near Goldston in Chatham County.

Cultivating sacred grains for the bread of life

How an agricultural chaplain is seeking to revive the ancient tradition of grain cultivation and heirloom wheat for churches and communities.

One Michigan county tells the story of a nation plagued by water pollution

Farms housing thousands of animals are one of several sources contaminating the Pine River and dividing a mid-Michigan community.

New soil documentary promises a powerful solution to the growing effects of climate change

The makers of 'Kiss the Ground' explain how our actions to improve soil and food in the next 20 years will shape a thousand years of human civilization.

Factory farming’s government-issued air pollution pass

The pollutants wafting from these operations are largely unregulated by the federal government.

Kristina Hubbard, Cathleen McClusky: How patents threaten small seed companies

The use of wide-ranging utility patents by a few powerful multinational corporations could make it harder for small companies to breed future crops.

Iowa farmers face climate-fueled destructions, while the industry says it's 'just weather'

Flooding, drought, and a derecho storm have recently upended Iowa’s farms, but the Iowa Farm Bureau and the USDA are actively pushing back on the climate narrative.

Harvest of shame: Farmworkers face coronavirus disaster

Agricultural counties across the U.S. face high rates of COVID-19, a POLITICO analysis reveals.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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