Corporate Farming News

Corporate Farming Notes: Arsenic and Honeybees

Chickens in industrial operations are fed caffeine, arsenic, banned antibiotics, and the active ingredients in Tylenol and Benadryl. That’s what researchers from Johns Hopkins University and Arizona State University found when they tested feather meal made from chicken feathers.

Corporate Farming Notes

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has conducted a plant pest risk assessment and an environmental assessment on 2,4-D-resistant corn engineered by Dow. APHIS has proposed to deregulate the genetically modified, herbicide resistant crop. They will accept public comment through Feb. 27, 2012.

 

Increasingly, weeds resistant to glyphosate have created a perverse incentive for chemical companies to design new herbicide-resistant crops. Ironic, in that decreasing the use of 2,4-D and other herbicides was a common rationale for widespread use of glyphosate-resistant crops.

Corporate Farming Notes

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning recently announced an allocation of $100,000 from the Supplemental Environmental Project Fund to a new coalition of farm and commodity groups. Nebraska Farm Bureau, Cattlemen, Pork Producers, and the Nebraska State Dairy Association formed the coalition to oppose efforts of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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