What's Up at the EPA, and More Food News

May 19, 2017
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The EPA Really Wants You to Like GMOs
The recently-passed budget “allocates $3 million to ‘consumer outreach and education regarding agricultural biotechnology,’ which includes genetic engineering of food and commodity crops. The money is to be used to tout ‘the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian impacts’ of biotech crops and their derivative food products.” – Washington Post

Rare Win for Environmentalists: A Methane Emissions Rule Stands
In the last months of his administration, Obama finalized a rule that required energy companies to contain the methane burned off at drilling sites, enough to power nearly 5 million homes each year. The House passed a bill to reverse this rule, but it died in the Senate so the rule stands. -- PBS

The Top USDA Scientist Should Actually Be a Scientist
Trump’s expected appointee to the position, Sam Clovis, “has never taken a graduate course in science and is openly skeptical of climate change.” – ProPublica

Pesticide Drift Sickens Workers in California
Winds picked up insecticides from a nearby orchard, causing severe illness in 50 farmworkers in Bakersfield, California. “The active ingredient in the insecticide the workers were exposed is Chlorpyrifos. It was slated to be banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration, but in March that ban was canceled. The EPA said there wasn't enough solid evidence.” – Kern Golden Empire

Prepare to Have Great-Grandma Envy
“A great-grandmother from India is winning hearts with her cooking videos. Mastanamma doesn't have a birth certificate to prove her 106 years but has millions of followers who can't have enough of her recipes and #GrannyWisdom.” – BBC

Article from Edible Communities at http://www.ediblecommunities.com/sustainable-food/whats-epa-and-more-food-news
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