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Food

USDA doesn’t care about GMO contamination of alfalfa

The feds are refusing to do anything after Monsanto's GMO alfalfa contaminated a Washington farmer's crop, saying the marketplace should sort it out.

Politics

Big Coal, Republicans go after Obama’s energy nominee, saying he’s too green

Rob Binz, Obama's pick to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, thinks renewables are a good hedge against fossil fuels. So he's being crucified.

Climate & Energy

Fracking study downgrades methane worries, escalates enviro infighting

Environmental Defense Fund helped pay for a study that found fracking might not be so terrible for the climate. Other green groups are not pleased.

Food

America’s kids eating healthier, getting fitter

The sweet news from a new study is that children are exercising more, watching TV less, and eating more healthful foods than they used to.

Business & Technology

Pebble Mine project in Alaska is on the ropes

One of two companies that wanted to build a massive gold and copper mine near Bristol Bay has pulled out of the project, leaving its future uncertain.

Food

Herbicide drift threatens vineyards

Wisconsin is home to a flourishing grape-farming industry. Who knew? But that industry is threatened by pesticides from corn and soy farms.

Politics

Bobby Jindal to axe officials who took on Big Oil

The Louisiana governor is giving the boot to flood-control officials who sued oil companies over billions of dollars in damage to coastal marshes.

Climate & Energy

Oil and fracking chemicals spill into Colorado’s floodwaters

Pipelines are sagging and snapping. Chemical tanks are toppling over. Oil and gas wells are inundated. As if the floods haven't caused enough tragedy already.

Food

Wasted food is a huge climate problem

If wasted food were a country, it would be the world's third largest contributor to climate change, after China and the U.S.

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