Corporate Farming News

What’s Driving Corporate Ag?

In April, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, Crop Insurance: Savings Would Result from Program Changes and Greater Use of Data Mining, which recommends Congress better target federal crop insurance subsidies to smaller family farms and ranches.

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.

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