|The EPA Doesn't Know How to Deal With 300 Million Tons of Animal Poop|
Bloomberg - 8/20/2015. By Mark Drajem - Rene Miller grew up on a seven-acre slip of Duplin County, N.C., where her mother, Daisy, raised corn, chickens, and hogs. Now, what was a neighbor’s tobacco farm across the narrow two-lane road is a field where a giant sprinkler sprays waste from an industrial hog-raising operation onto whatever happens to be planted there – corn, hay, soybeans. The force of the liquefied manure is so strong it splatters the street sign Miller installed to mark Daisy Miller Lane. “I can’t go out in my yard to watch the cars go by. I can’t put my clothes out on the line,” she says. “It stinks.”
|There Might Be Fracking Wastewater on Your Organic Fruits and Veggies|
Mother Jones - 8/20/2015. By Josh Harkinson - The US Department of Agriculture's organics standards, written 15 years ago, strictly ban petroleum-derived fertilizers commonly used in conventional agriculture. But the same rules do not prohibit farmers from irrigating their crops with petroleum-laced wastewater obtained from oil and gas wells – a practice that is increasingly common in drought-stricken Southern California.
|Schooner Loaded with 11 Tons of Local Food to Set Sail for Boston|
The Free Press - 8/20/2015. By Andy O’Brien - It’s been about a hundred years since cargo schooners sailed the waters of Penobscot Bay with any regularity, but this Sunday, August 23, the two-masted Harvey Gamage will set off from the Fox Islands Thorofare at North Haven, loaded up with a ton of locally produced food.