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October 14, 2021 Simplifying sustainability to speed up action

Source: The Packer

A year ago I was hopeful that the North American produce industry would get behind the meaningful incorporation of sustainability practices and thinking in its businesses to help mitigate some of the biggest risks it is facing.

April 28, 2021 Viewpoint: ‘The Dirty 8’ — Which are most notorious advocacy groups spreading disinformation about food, farming, biotechnology and agricultural sustainability

Source: Genetic Literacy Project

Under the guise of promoting industry transparency or protecting the environment, these organizations continually spread falsehoods about pesticides, biotech crops and related technologies, often with substantial financial...

February 25, 2021 Michael Shank: USDA far more open now to sustainability practices - Commentary

Source: VT Digger

Since receiving President Joe Biden’s nomination for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is indicating that he’s newly committed to a USDA that prioritizes sustainability, regenerative and climate-resilient...

November 18, 2020 Sustainable fisheries are facing a moratorium

Source: The Hill

Some politicians and environmental organizations have embraced a version of an initiative called 30x30 (“thirty by thirty”) that would damage our nation’s sustainable fisheries and robust fisheries management process.

July 13, 2020 Viewpoint: Organic food represents a ‘reactionary’ ideology that doesn’t promote health or sustainable farming?—and should not be subsidized

Source: Genetic Literacy Project

However, the health and environmental benefits it claims are based on shaky scientific foundations. The very philosophy of “organic” is questionable from a methodological point of view.

July 19, 2019 The Rise of Coffee Shaming

Source: The Atlantic

Millennials make up less than a quarter of the overall U.S. population, but in 2016, they drank an estimated 44 percent of the nation’s coffee.

July 10, 2019 New Coke Didn’t Fail. It Was Murdered.

Source: Mother Jones

For more than three decades, New Coke has been held up as the bad idea by which all other bad ideas are measured. Do a quick Google search for “the worst idea since New Coke” and you’ll find an encyclopedia of face-palms....

May 31, 2019 The US drinking water supply is mostly safe, but that’s not good enough

Source: The Conversation

Most Americans take clean drinking water for granted as a convenience of modern life. The United States has one of the world’s safest drinking water supplies, but new challenges constantly emerge

March 6, 2019 Viewpoint: Anti-GMO Organic Consumers Association helps Russia spread dangerous myths raising fake concerns about vaccines and biotechnology

Source: Genetic Literacy Project

Russian trolls are meddling wherever and whenever they can to cause societal strife. Radio Free Europe reports that Russian trolls may have contributed to the massive measles outbreak in Europe ...

January 23, 2019 Viewpoint: GMO crops are key to sustainable farming—why are some scientists afraid to talk about them?

Source: Genetic Literary Project

Sustainable intensification. . .comprises agricultural processes or systems in which production is maintained or increased while progressing toward substantial enhancement of environmental outcomes. It incorporates these...


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