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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”...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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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Myth busting: Do farmers ‘drench, douse or slather’ crops in pesticides?

(The following article is re-posted by permission of Genetic Literacy Project in Washington D.C. see links to original website below.) Myth busting: Do farmers 'drench,...

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