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7 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in Legislation, EPA, FDA, USDA, environment, agriculture

Legislation That Shaped Our Current Environmental Movement, Agricultural Industry and Food Safety

legislation, EPA, FDA, USDA

It is hard to progress forward unless you know where we have been. Therefore, I thought it vital that we review the history of environmental, agricultural and food safety legislation, including the development of important government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Although this list is not all-inclusive of past legislation, it should help you understand how certain government agencies developed and the role of government regulation.

1862 United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA

13 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in single-crop fields, monoculture, agriculture, shade-grown coffee

Single-Crop Fields: Mass-production gone wrong

single-crop fields, monoculture, agriculture

Have you ever known of a forest that had only one type of tree? Taking it a step further, have you ever seen any natural landscape made of just one type of plant? The answer is no because the natural landscape is made-up of hundreds of thousands of plants that developed and evolved based on survival and efficiency. Every plant has a specific and important role in the grand scheme of the natural landscape. And yet we continue to try and defy these natural ways with our single-crop fields. Why?