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Thanks to the hard work of non-profits like EarthJustice, the super toxic pesticide AZM has finally been banned in the U.S. "This pesticide, originally developed as a nerve gas, has been poisoning people, particularly farmworkers, and insects for decades." http://earthjustice.org/blog/2013-october/azm-reign-of-poisoning-ends

DEFENDING THE RIGHT TO BAN FRACKING When the people of Dryden, New York, stood up to powerful corporations and banned oil and gas drilling within town limits, industry took them to court. Representing the Town, Earthjustice stepped up to defend the right of communities to control what happens on their own land—and we won. IMPORTANCE: Our win held the line against fracking and provided inspiration for hundreds of similar communities across the country.

This links to the CLF Scoop post: "Maine’s Most Lucrative Fishery Threatened by Pesticides?" http://www.clf.org/blog/ocean-conservation/lobsters-threatened-pesticides/

"2013 Forum: Protecting Life: From Research to Regulation (Tyrone Hayes)" - Beyond Pesticides. WOW. Tyrone Hayes' talk about the dangers of pesticides starts slow, but boy does it get interesting. If you are concerned about breast cancer, prostate cancer, or infertility; check out what Hayes has to say about the industrial agriculture herbicide Atrazine that is now polluting American water.

The EPA has approved yet another highly toxic "neonicotinoid" pesticide called sulfoxalfor that is lethal to honeybees and other pollinators. Earthjustice has joined forces with America's honey producers to force the EPA to protect bees and the many important crops they pollinate. Read more:

What happens to urban chickens when they stop laying?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/10/economist-explains-11

High wages don’t mean low profits — and Costco proves it - let's shop here instead of Walmart

Alexis Bayden-Mayer had this to say about the new US-Japan organic trade agreement: "Unfortunately, it's rare that standards go up when trade agreements are negotiated. Countries tend to meet at the lowest common denominator. OCA doesn't want standards for food production to be decided in trade agreements. It should be up to the Japanese people how they want their food produced, and we want the same right of food sovereignty here in the U.S."

The linked Real Food Challenge post announces that "Over 130 universities join student-designed startup to measure sustainable food." http://www.realfoodchallenge.org/blog/over-130-universities-join-student-designed-startup-measure-sustainable-food

"Trade laws undo local progress on food systems" via Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy http://www.iatp.org/blog/201511/trade-laws-undo-local-progress-on-food-systems #localfood