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Pesticides: Despite ‘demonization,’ organic farmers widely use them

(Here's an interesting article on pesticide use in organic farming; reposted here by permission of Genetic Literacy Project.) Pesticides: Despite demonization, organic farmers widely use them by Andrew Porterfield - Originally posted December 7, 2015 - Genetic Literacy Project One principal “advantage”...

Washington Wheat Farmers Use the Best Technology to Produce the Best Wheat

Washington Wheat Farmers Use the Best Technology to Produce the Best Wheat by Jonelle Foutz Do you ever think about the food you eat? Where did it come from? How was it grown? With concerns about food safety, pesticide use and...

GMOs and Human Health: GMOs Part IV

GMOs and Human Health:  GMOs Part IV The following excerpt is from the Penn State Ag Science Magazine Spring/Summer 2015 Edition. Ask just about any scientist if GMOs are bad for our health and he or she will say, “Probably not.”...

Food Waste Reduction

The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) defines food waste as; “the component of food loss that occurs when an edible item goes unconsumed," as in food discarded by retailers due to color or appearance and plate waste by consumers....

What Are GMOs?: GMOs Part I

What Are GMOs?:  GMOs Part I The following excerpt is from the Penn State Ag Science Magazine Spring/Summer 2015 Edition. Indeed, there is a vast rift between scientific evidence for the benefits and risks of GMOs and the public’s perception of...

Weed Resistance: Weeds Find a Way!

The agricultural industry is constantly adapting new ways to responsibly manage weeds while producing a safe product for consumers, and minimize negative effects on the environment. Plants naturally evolve to decrease vulnerability to threats. This process has been occurring as...

Regulating GMOs: GMOs Part II

Regulating GMOs:  GMOs Part II The following excerpt is from the Penn State Ag Science Magazine Spring/Summer 2015 Edition. Since the introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops in 1996, farmers have adopted the technologies widely. In 2014, around the globe, nearly...

Global Production of Biotech Crops: GMOs Part III

Global Production of Biotech Crops: GMOs Part III The following excerpt is from the Penn State Ag Science Magazine Spring/Summer 2015 Edition: In 2014, 28 countries worldwide produced a total of 181.5 million hectares (448.49 million acres) of biotech crops. To...

Truth About Snake River Dams

Fact or Fiction: Truth About Breaching the Snake River Dams Debates and court battles about the future of the Snake River Dams have persisted for decades as opponents of the dams’ existence argue vehemently that breaching them is the only...

Did you know?

Did You Know? Herbicides can aid soil conservation. The use of herbicides reduces the need for tilling, preventing soil erosion and water loss.

Did You Know? Yakima County has the most organic farms of any county in Washington?

Fact or Fiction?

Fiction: Organic farming means grown without pesticides.

Fact: The USDA approves a lengthy list of pesticides for organic farming. Take a look here.

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Proposed Washington Carbon Tax is The Wrong Approach: 5-Part Series

Our state’s most vulnerable residents and our agricultural industry will take the hardest blows if Governor Inslee’s latest push for a Washington State carbon...

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