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Open letter to the NY Farm Bureau—Research shows that fracking is shrinking the PA dairy industry. Time to protect NY farming.

An Open Letter to New York Farm Bureau, We now know that gas drilling is shrinking the Pennsylvania dairy industry.  Two recent studies by researchers at Cornell and Penn State independently show these negative impacts.  But last year, in written … Continue reading

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Federal court ends FDA coma lasting since the disco era: antibiotics and livestock

A lot has happened in the past month on federal policy concerning the overuse of antibiotics in livestock. A quick refresher on the issue: 80 % of antibiotics used in the US are given to livestock, endangering public health by … Continue reading

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pneumonia blog — will the antibiotics work?

A funny thing happened to me on the way to writing about a federal court telling the FDA to take action to protect us against drug resistance bacteria caused by overuse of antibiotics in livestock. I got bacterial pneumonia. Now … Continue reading

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National organization of farmers and local farming communities act against hydrofracking, citing risk to food and agriculture.

Citing threats to food safety and agriculture from gas drilling, national farming organizations, and local farming communities took actions this week against hydrofracking. From the Canadian National Farmers Union, “Hydraulic fracturing a danger to water, food, farmland: NFU calls for … Continue reading

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Cattle drive to states with good grass and abundant clean water—including NY

Two weeks ago I got an email from a farmer who had just shipped a herd of 40 cattle from Texas to his farm in Wisconsin. The cattle had been sold due to scarcity of grass on Texas range land … Continue reading

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CDC letter on Ohio shale gas drilling and public health. First publication of full text letter.

The CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ADSRD) has weighed in on a three year history of drinking water contamination in Medina, OH. They recommended that immediate action be taken to avoid explosion in homes.  The problems developed … Continue reading

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Thinking about grassland is not just for farming nerds…….a video

Grasslands cover 70% of worldwide agricultural area. In developing countries, more productive grassland is key to feeding almost a billion people living on less than $1/day. Grasslands have thrived for tens of millions of years. Large grazing ruminants are basic … Continue reading

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Food stamps feed the economy…..(and people too).

There’s been a lot of food stamp bashing in the air recently, what with Newt Gingrich trying to label Obama the “food stamp president”. But it turns out that food stamps (aka SNAP—Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) does more for the … Continue reading

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Hydrofracking impact on the health of livestock and humans– new study from two Cornell researchers

Two Cornell researchers just released an important  academic study on impact of hydrofracking on the heath of livestock and humans. This study also raises serious questions about safety and monitoring of the food supply.  Dr. Oswald is a professor of … Continue reading

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Shale gas drilling and public health: From CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. First publication of full text email.

Below is the full text of last week’s email from Dr. Christopher Portier, head of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  I believe it’s the first publication of the full text, … Continue reading

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