impacts of agriculture

Debunking the Farm Bureau's Attack on the Clean Water Act

In a desperate, last ditch effort, the American Farm Bureau Federation is attempting to foil efforts to clarify Clean Water Act protection for the nation's water resources. However, their aggressive campaign only reinforces the value of clean water to our livelihoods and communities and our national economy.

Our Heroes: Los de Mora Local Growers' Cooperative

Los de Mora Local Growers' Cooperative, a producer group of 35 family farms and ranches in the Mora, NM area, has voted to require all livestock producer-members to become Animal Welfare Approved, which ensures animals are raised in accordance with the highest welfare standards in the US.

Our Heroes: Tiffany Haworth of the Dan River Basin Association

It's been a year like no other for Tiffany Haworth, executive director of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). In early February, a coal ash waste pond on the banks of Dan River began to spill its toxic contents into the river. Here, Tiffany shares how DRBA responded to one of the worst coal ash spills ever to occur in the US.

WHO Sounds Alarm Over Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

The WHO has released a landmark, 256-page report warning that the world may be headed for a post-antibiotic era. According to the CDC, two-thirds of patients afflicted by a recent Salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms tested resistant to one or more antibiotics.

Years of Living Dangerously Recap: Episode 1, Dry Season

Judging from episode one of Showtime's new Years of Living Dangerously documentary series, we're in for a visually stunning, compelling and fascinating ride as climate change is discussed in the most human terms possible. It's riveting, truly must-see viewing. Here are some highlights and fun tidbits from the premiere!

Dark Water Sheds Light on Animals and Oil Spills

Dark Water, a new play now on stage in New York City, tells the story of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through the eyes of the animals. The play holds a mirror up to human behavior and asks, "What kind of a future do we want?" Right now it's looking like one filled with environmental disasters.

Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 4, Ends Meat

Spoiler alert! Here it is, our recap of the final episode of Farmed and Dangerous, the explosive series on the conflicting messages - and messengers - about the food we eat. We're almost sorry to see Buck Marshall go!

Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 3, Raising the Steaks

Chip and Sophia hang out with one of his cows and we find out what's behind his passion for sustainable ag and farming. But will good food advocates be able to stop Animoil's Mega Farm? And does Buck Marshall root for the machines when he watches The Matrix?

Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 2, Passing the Buck

Chip's viral exploding-cow video earns him a seat on The Morning Show, so Buck Marshall sends his daughter Sophia to stand up for Animoil. Chip tries to rally the public to request Senate hearings on PetroPellet safety - will he succeed? Here's our recap of Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 2.

Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 1, Oiling the Food Chain

If you're interested in a funny, accessible onramp to Big Ag 101, the Farmed and Dangerous web series (sponsored by Chipotle) is worth a watch. Here's our recap, complete with some Fun Tidbits and our favorite Buck Marshall moments from Episode 1. (So what's with the Man in Black?)

Where's the Love Hershey? On Chocolate and Labor (Part II)

Maybe February should be "Child Labor Month." With almost 60 million pounds of chocolate produced for Valentine's Day alone, and a great portion of that produced using child labor, you may want to step away from the chocolate display at your local drugstore and seek out some Fair Trade chocolate.

Our Heroes: Marc Yaggi of Waterkeeper Alliance

Today Ecocentric kicks off the latest installment of Our Heroes with "Know Your Waterkeeper," a short series of weekly interviews with Waterkeepers from around the country. First up is Waterkeeper Alliance Executive Director Marc Yaggi, who turned his childhood love of water into a long-standing career, making water protection a main focus of his life.

Taking the High Road Toward A Sustainable Food System

Taking the high road in labor practices is critical to the establishment of a truly sustainable food system. In honor of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we celebrate ongoing progress and increasing momentum as food workers continue to organize for fair wages and better working conditions.

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