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USDA & EPA Have Much More to Do to Protect Bee Populations – GAO Report

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have yet to adequately address threats to bee populations in the U.S., as directed by the 2015 White House Pollinator Health Task Force.

The USDA has not yet developed a plan for the monitoring of wild, native bee populations, and the EPA has not yet collected data on commonly used pesticide mixtures in order to assess their risks, according to the report. Read the full report here. Highlights document below.

GAO Bee Report

Take Action to Stop USDA Suppression of Evidence on Neonicotinoids – Center for Food Safety

Think scientific research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is unbiased, Christopher? Think again. Last week, Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, a decorated Senior Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), filed a whistleblower complaint accusing the federal agency of suppressing research findings that challenge the safety and efficacy of a heavily used…

Bowing to His Industry Masters, Vilsack’s USDA Dumps Sustainability Considerations in New Dietary Guidelines

Notice posted by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell. Continue reading down below for an analysis of the Vilsack decision by Michele Simon of Eat Drink Politics 2015 Dietary Guidelines: Giving You the Tools You Need to Make Healthy Choices Posted by Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Burwell,…

2014 USDA Organic Survey Highlights Press Release

Sales from U.S. Organic Farms Up 72 Percent, USDA Reports WASHINGTON, Sep 17, 2015 –Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of the 2014 Organic Survey, which show that 14,093 certified and exempt organic farms in the United States sold a total of $5.5 billion in organic products…