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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Programs to keep salads germfree raise wildlife & conservation concerns

While no one argues against improved germ control, conservation agencies and environmental groups say that the new Leafy Greens rules are triggering changes that will erode hard-won gains in protecting wildlife and its habitat. For example, the rules encourage some growers to eliminate erosion-controlling hedgerows that might harbor disease-carrying animals and to keep out deer by erecting tall fencing that may block wildlife-migration corridors. Judith Redmond, a co-owner of the certified-organic Full Belly Farm near Sacramento, Calif., told Science News that the Leafy Greens rules threaten to put farming at odds with environmental goals. For the past 2 decades, she says, "a vanguard of farmers has been trying to figure out how to farm with nature [and] be good environmental stewards." More here.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 8:56 AM

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