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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.”...

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...

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...

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...

Going Gluten Free?

3 Million Going Gluten Free without Celiac Disease Celiac disease rates have held steady in recent years at less than one percent of the U.S. population, but more than three million non-celiac Americans now follow a gluten free diet, according...

Washington’s Water Laws: Favoring Fish over Residents

Legal conflict concerning Washington’s water laws has intensified over the last four years. One of the most recent rulings, Hirst v. Whatcom County, has brought the debate over water rights to a head in our communities and our courts....

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...

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....

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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