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June 21, 2021 | Legal Document

USDA: Comments on Supply Chains for the Production of Agricultural Commodities and Food Products

We urge USDA to prioritize projects that leverage private, federal, and local funding, produce the greatest public benefit, or create the greatest prioritization for supply chain projects that offer multiple health, economic, social, and environmental benefits. Additionally, we urge USDA to dedicate significant resources to ensuring that grants are accessible, flexible, and minimize barriers to participation.

May 14, 2021 | Letter

USDA: Comments in response to Notice of Request for Public Comment on the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, 86 Fed. Reg. 14403 (Mar. 16, 2021), Docket No. USDA–2021–0003

Agriculture must be part of any solution to the climate crisis. Agriculture is vulnerable to the more extreme and variable weather that climate change is bringing and at the same time contributes substantial quantities of greenhouse gases (GHG) – equivalent to approximately a third of U.S. total GHG emissions when properly calculated to include all climate change impacts related to agriculture.

April 27, 2021 | Letter

New York: Comments on Proposed Part 350 - Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law

Food waste is a top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. When food waste rots in landfills, it produces methane, a greenhouse gas over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide in its global warming strength. According to New York State’s inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, in 2014, landfill emissions made up about 58% of the State’s methane emissions and about 5% of its total greenhouse gas emissions.

April 14, 2021 | Case

Challenging Approval of Streptomycin as a Pesticide on Citrus Crops

A coalition of public interest groups, including farmworker, health justice and conservation organizations, sued the Environmental Protection Agency for approving widespread spraying of streptomycin, a medically important antibiotic, on citrus trees to prevent or treat citrus greening disease or citrus canker.

April 8, 2021 | In the News: CleanLaw

Environmental Racism in North Carolina Hog Farming

Alexis Andiman, Attorney, Sustainable Food & Farming Program, Earthjustice: "Title VI connects to health and the environment because many state agencies receive money from EPA and Title VI prevents those agencies from accepting that money and also authorizing pollution that has an unjustified unequal impact."