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Fowling the Bay?: Media Reports Absolving Poultry Industry of Pollution are Premature

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Good news about the health of the Chesapeake Bay is rare, which might explain the media flurry surrounding new research that suggests pollution from poultry farms isn’t so bad after all. Representatives of the poultry industry hailed the research, implying that it proved that environmental regulations on farmers have been too stringent. But that conclusion …

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Maryland Blazes Trail to Get Arsenic Out of Chicken Feed

Read the full story at Grist. If you saw “Arsenic in Our Chicken?,” Nick Kristof’s much-read New York Times column from earlier this month, you’ve heard about the widespread use of some unexpected additives in chicken farming. Studies released this year detected caffeine, acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol), fluoxetine (the active ingredient in Prozac), various antibiotics, …

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Pfizer’s Fight to Keep Arsenic in Chicken Feed

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  By Alison Fairbrother and Donna Trussell Cross-posted with the Washington Spectator.  Arsenic is natural, but it’s still poison—not to mention carcinogenic—and therefore has no place in the food chain. But that’s just where it is because of the Pfizer drug Roxarsone, which is fed to factory-farm chickens to spur growth and give packaged poultry …

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Little Fish, Long Wait: Where we Stand on Menhaden Conservation

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In an historic vote in November 2011, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) decided to reduce the allowable harvest of Atlantic menhaden by as much as 37 percent from 2010 levels. This is the most significant management action ever taken for Atlantic menhaden, and has been lauded as a “science-based” decision that will leave …

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PTP Director Alison Fairbrother reviews Shawn Lawrence Otto’s Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America

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In December 2010, Republican House Majority leader Eric Cantor launched a website he called “You Cut,” encouraging citizens to identify “wasteful” grants awarded to scientists by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The agency, the premier U.S. institution that funds non-medical research in science and engineering, was poised for attack by citizen assailants. The aim, of …

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Omega Protein’s Legal Team Resorts to Name-Calling, Bashes NMFS

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Omega Protein’s lobbyists can hardly contain their disbelief. In an op-ed published in the January issue of The National Fisherman, David Frulla and Shaun Gehan, Washington lawyers representing Omega Protein, minimize efforts to limit over-exploitation of a fish species crucial to the Atlantic marine ecosystem by saying “menhaden have become a ‘cause célébre.’” Frulla and …

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