EPA Can’t Figure Out What to Do with 300 Million Tons of Animal Poop

When President Obama came into office, his appointees to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promised anti-farm activists and other environmental groups that a crackdown on animal waste was in the works. But nearly seven years later, no new rules have been proposed on how to further restrict about 300 million tons per year of animal waste, causing activists to cry foul.

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Putin Orders the Destruction of Embargoed Foodstuffs from the West

According to official data, the average cost of foodstuffs in Russia increased by 14.3 percent in the first half of this year, largely because of the embargo of Western products. In late June, Putin announced his decision to extend the embargo on perishable food products from the European Union for one year, in response to the extension of the sanctions taken by Brussels against Moscow for its role in the crisis in Ukraine.

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The Big Ratchet: How to Feed a Hungry Planet

In her book The Big Ratchet, Ruth DeFries explains how humanity went from hunger to plenty by making more efficient use of Earth’s resources. Even with more people than ever before, “Our current problems are more about abundance than about lack of food. Our species has never had to grapple with such surplus,” she writes.

Dairy farmers, Anthony Paudoie and his father Jean-Louis, harvest wheat in a field with their harvester on July 14, 2014 at a farm of Le Pin, near Nantes, western France. The Loire Atlantique department is the second milk producer in France with 840 million liters of milk per year.