Renewable Farming

Month: September 2016

Examples of comments submitted to EPA on glyphosate safety

Several groups and individuals concerned about glyphosate health issues are urging friends and neighbors to send their facts to an FDA advisory panel which is meeting Oct. 18 through 21 to evaluate the “carcinogenic potential” of glyphosate. We’ve collected some of their comments and include them below the green lines in this report. Here’s the …

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Why building a biologically sound farm is the foundation for great opportunity

Sept. 29, 2016 — You’ve probably heard that the Chinese word character for “crisis” is a merger of two characters: “Danger” and “Opportunity.”  Today’s farmers face one of the most insidious dangers of a generation — the threat of polluting our planet with toxins and unhealthy food. But that creates an awesome opportunity for farmers …

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Double-crop beans… in CANADA…. after winter canola… could go 35 bu.

Here’s another live example of how the growth promotant, Lignition, intensifies chlorophyl efficiency in converting carbon dioxide into plant sugars.  Lignition developer Dave Sutherland sent this photo of maturing soybeans in southern Ontario. The beans had been drilled July 12 following harvest of winter canola. The seed is a DeKalb variety which needs 2,500 heat …

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Why Dave Schwartz’ corn stays healthy long after neighboring fields died

“Late-September cornfields on Dave Schwartz’ farm in Guthrie County, IA are amazing to see. They all contain bright green stalks with browning husks. Compared to neighbors’ fields, the difference is day versus night,” says crop consultant Bob Streit. Bob provided these photos from his Sept. 18 visit to Dave’s fields. We interviewed Dave for details …

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German lawmakers ask regulators to curb Bayer-Monsanto deal

German parliament members “pilloried” Bayer’s buyout of Monsanto this week, report Bloomberg writers Patrick Donahue and Naomi Kresge.  The debate Wednesday “laid bare the depth of resistance to Bayer buying a U.S. company that many Germans view as a champion of genetically-modified crops and a weedkiller they believe might cause cancer.” The writers quote one …

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As weed resistance builds, total herbicide use keeps climbing

The total pounds of active herbicide applied in the U.S. accelerated from 2005 to 2011. That’s the latest detailed data available reported in a comprehensive study by researchers at four universities. They include the University of Virginia, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, and Kansas State University. The trendline projected on through 2016 indicates that farmers will …

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EPA released evaluation Sept. 12 claiming glyphosate does not cause cancer

The Environmental Protection Agency made available to the public on Sept. 12 a “Glyphosate Issue Paper: Evaluation of Carconogenic Potential” in which EPA cites a lack of evidence that glyphosate causes cancer.  This document establishes the rationale for re-approval of glyphosate use in the United States. The key finding is that glyphosate is “not likely to …

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