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‘Dirty Dozen’ — Dirtier Than You Think

This opinion article takes a look at Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list of “the 12 fruits and vegetables that purportedly have the greatest pesticide residues” to see what should really be a concern and what should not. Read more

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Leak Threat Looms Over EPA Following Inauguration

The incoming Trump administration could trigger a renewed and intensified culture of leaks at the Environmental Protection Agency, several former EPA staffers and a high-level career staffer currently at the agency, told Bloomberg BNA. Read more

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Bloomberg Expands Effort to Curb Tobacco Use World-wide

 Michael Bloomberg is committing $360 million to be used between 2017 and 2022 to help raise tobacco taxes, implement smoke-free laws and pursue other strategies to curb tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries, according to Bloomberg Philanthropies, the philanthropic arm of his foundation. Read more

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California Drought is a U.S. Problem

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows the state has suffered from drought conditions for five years. But that’s only part of the story, says Steve Runyan, a farm and rural real estate appraiser based in Bakersfield. The other parts of the story have to do with water use and distribution problems.[…]

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Highlights from the 2015 USDA ERS Farm Sector Income Forecast

U.S. Farm Sector Profitability – The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has issued its 2016 outlook for net farm income which is forecast to “… decline for the third straight year. Net cash farm income for 2016 is forecast at $90.1 billion, down 14.6 percent from the 2015 estimate. Net[…]

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