Media/News Archive

7 of the Best Farm Camps for Kids

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Modern Farmer
by Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Source: Elliott McCrory

Nothing against archery, canoeing, or lanyard crafts, but agrarian experiences are where it’s at right now. And these summer camps afford children ages 4 to 16 the opportunity to milk Holsteins and harvest carrots. The seven options below, which range from half-day sessions to week-long sleepaway adventures, represent the best of the farm set.

Riverton, Utah

Day campers care for rabbits and goats, grow vegetables from seed, even take tractor tours of the 10-acre fifth-generation Petersen Family Farm. Bonus: Attendees can return in fall to harvest pumpkins they planted in summer. (Ages 5–12; from $200 a week. petersenfarm.com)

Webberville, Michigan

Northfork Farm & Outback’s sleepaway sessions school the junior horsey set in riding, grooming, stall-mucking, and calf-roping. Off-saddle camp fun: a re-created Old West town and Native American village, plus two swimming holes. (Ages 8–15; from $700 a week. northforkoutback.com) Read Full Article »

Groups Sue to Force FDA to Act on Chemical in Food Packaging

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Center for Food Safety

Perchlorate is highly flammable and
used in rocket fuel
Source: Steve Jurvetson

The Natural Resources Defense Council and Center for Food Safety, on behalf of themselves and four other public health and environmental organizations, sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today to force it to act on a petition to ban perchlorate in food packaging. The groups filed the petition in December 2014.  The agency missed a June 2015 deadline to respond to the petition.

Co-petitioners include Breast Cancer Fund, Center for Environmental Health, Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Environmental Working Group.

Perchlorate impairs hormone production critical to brain development and poses a health threat, particularly to fetuses, infants and children. FDA has approved it for certain specific uses, including as an anti-static agent in plastic packaging for dry foods such as beans, rice and flour. Read Full Article »

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ Produce Named Worst for Pesticide Exposure

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

ABC News
by Dr. Gretchen Winter

Source: David Lenker

Those tart, sweet strawberries you’re eating this summer may be putting more than antioxidants in your system. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) declares strawberries the worst culprit for pesticide exposure this year, demoting the worst offender for the last five years, apples, to second place.

The “Dirty Dozen” list, updated annually by the EWG, outlines which produce items are most likely to contain pesticides. The goal of this list is to help people consider which produce may be best to buy organic, according to the organization. Topping the “Dirty Dozen” list are strawberries, apples, nectarines, and peaches. The “Clean Fifteen” lists items the EWG says you can safely eat with minimal concern for pesticides, including avocados, sweet corn, and pineapples. Read Full Article »

Two-thirds of Europeans Support Ban on Glyphosate, Says Yougov Poll

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The Guardian
Arthur Neslen

Source: Chafer Machinery

Survey of more than 7,000 people across the EU’s five biggest states backs prohibition of the most widely used agricultural chemical

Two-thirds of Europeans support a ban on glyphosate, the most widely used agricultural chemical in the world’s history, according to a new Yougov poll.

A prohibition on the herbicide ingredient was backed by three-quarters of Italians, 70% of Germans, 60% of French and 56% of Britons, in a survey of more than 7,000 people across the EU’s five biggest states.

Up to 150 MEPs in Strasbourg are expected to give urine samples today and tomorrow to see if they contain residues of the ingredient, ahead of a symbolic vote on prohibition this Wednesday.

Previous tests have found traces of the residue in the urine of people from 18 different European countries, and in over 60% of breads sold in the UK. Read Full Article »

Major Pest Control Company Announces a Huge Change to Protect Bees

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

HuffPost
by Chris D’Angelo

Source: Day Donaldson

A commonly used insecticide is suspected of contributing to the collapse of bee populations.

In an effort to better protect the planet’s most important pollinators, pest control company Ortho says it will remove from its products a class of chemicals thought to be linked to declining bee populations.

The company, a division of Scotts Miracle-Gro, said in an announcement Tuesday it would “immediately begin to transition away from the use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides for outdoor use.” Read Full Article »