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  • US eases land restrictions meant to protect Sage Grouse in West | AP News

     The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species.

    Post date: Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:30
  • NEW ZEALAND SHOOTINGPOLITICSU.S. NEWSBUSINESSWORLDTECH & MEDIATHINKSPORTS SHARE THIS — U.S. NEWS Food stamp changes would mainly hurt those living in extreme poverty, study finds | NBC News

    The Trump administration’s proposed rule change to food stamp work requirements could leave hundreds of thousands of the most financially vulnerable Americans without the monthly assistance that allows them to purchase food, a new study finds.But approximately 755,000 people across the country would not meet the new work requirements and lose eligibility in three months, according to the USDA’s own estimates, and various states would see different degrees of impact. The brunt of the losses would be felt by 11 states: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Washington.

    Post date: Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:29
  • Study: Slower-growing birds would harm environment | Watt Ag Net

    A new study estimates as many as 68 percent more slower-growing broiler birds would be needed to produce the same amount of breast meat as conventional birds.

    Post date: Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:27
  • Gene Editing helps blind mice see | Gene Engineering News

    When a team of scientists delivered the gene for a retinal opsin into the genome of the ganglion cells of blind mice, the mice acquired vision that lasted a lifetime. “That this system works is really, really satisfying, in part because it’s also very simple,” noted Ehud Isacoff, PhD, professor of neurobiology at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and lead author on the paper. “Ironically, you could have done this 20 years ago.” 

    Post date: Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:26
  • Chinese Dairy Leader Purchases New Zealand’s Major Milk Supply Co-Operative | CX Live

    Chinese dairy behemoth Yili announced on Monday that it will buy New Zealand’s second largest dairy co-operative, Westland, in cash for no more than NZ$246 million 

    Post date: Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:24

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Are corporations taking over America’s food supply?

15 March, 2016

Family farms.  The foundation of America’s food security.  According to the USDA, 97 percent of farms are family farms, and they grow 90 percent of the food produced. But national policies to keep food affordable (American’s spend less than 7 percent of their paycheck for food) and the boom and bust cycles of farming have resulted in larger, more concentrated farming practices. 

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