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.
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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.'

Measuring equity through city trees

Planting trees is a way to build community and bolster benefits to human and environmental health.

Katie Rock: Climate change answer for Iowa cannot include gas; it's too risky

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. We owe the legacy of a clean, carbon-free energy transition to future generations.


How the loss of soil is sacrificing America's natural heritage

A new study points to a stunning loss of topsoil in the Corn Belt — the result of farming practices that have depleted this once-fertile ground.


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 hundreds of meatpacking workers die from COVID-19, Congress wants answers

A key House subcommittee cited reports by ProPublica and other news outlets in launching an investigation into how the country’s meatpacking companies handled the pandemic, which has killed hundreds of workers to date.

Silvia Secchi: Tom Vilsack is the wrong person to tackle USDA's vexing challenges

The Biden-Harris transition team is touting its "Build Back Better" approach, and they appear serious about climate change. The Vilsack nomination, however, screams "Build More of the Same."


Ryan Bradley: Iowa clean water lawsuit ripples to fishing in Mississippi

Regulating agricultural waste runoff in Iowa is a momentous step in the right direction, and it will protect Gulf fishermen for generations to come.

Climate change is making Iowa and Illinois hotter, wetter and more humid. Do you know what that means for your business?

Record flooding, droughts and a sweeping inland hurricane have decimated farm fields, small businesses and the livelihoods of countless Iowans over the last decade plus.


Todd Dorman: Fewer impaired waters in Iowa, but impaired leadership remains

State regulators and agricultural interests have long delayed and resisted setting a water quality standard for nutrient pollution. After all, what we don't know can't make them look bad.


Get out the vote efforts in farm country are reaching young, Latinx, and rural voters

The pandemic has moved voter outreach online. And in states like Iowa, it’s bringing a renewed focus to a voting block focused on working conditions in ag and sustainable food systems.

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.
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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

EHN.org 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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