Many organic farmers rely on raw manure as a fertilizer, but the FDA says it’s a safety risk.
You can avoid some chemicals by eating organic food, but that’s not an option for everyone. Besides, even that doesn’t address issues involving heavy metals or salmonella or god knows what else in our food supply. These are environmental problems, and one governmental responsibility on which everyone ought to agree is that environmental problems should be regulated until they’re solved.
Despite mounting evidence of its catastrophic effects, world leaders seem unable to deal with the crisis.
One reason for that is the politicisation of climate science itself, with some groups trying to undermine the consensus among experts about global warming and its effects.
There’s evidence that using antibiotics to help pigs grow faster doesn’t make economic sense.
Here is a fun article to read if you were still doubting the ability of corporations to buy politicians….
in summary, these bills:
- were written by wall street lobbyists
- take away regulation to limit excessive financial risk taking (this seems like a particularly good idea in the shadow of the great recession)
- result in campaign contributions from corporations to representatives who vote yes
- have support from both parties in the House
- are not for the people
Scientists have delved deeper into the mystery of dying bees, and discovered that the cause of the problem is more pervasive than thought.
While the overarching issue is simple — chemicals used on crops kill bees — the details of the problem are increasingly more complex, including what can be sprayed, where, how, and when to minimize the negative effects on bees and other pollinators while still assisting in crop production. Right now, scientists are still working on discovering the degree to which bees are affected and by what. It will still likely be a long time before solutions are uncovered and put into place. When economics come into play, an outright halt in spraying anything at all anywhere is simply impossible.
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