Latest Agriculture and the environment News

Gisele Bundchen fires back in feud with Brazilian Minister

Jan. 17, 2019 4:50 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian supermodel turned environmental activist Gisele Bundchen is pushing back against the agricultural minister in her homeland, along the way wading into a growing debate about the future of the Amazon. The brouhaha began Monday when Minister Tereza Cristina Dias accused...

Gisele Bundchen fires back in feud with Brazilian minister

Jan. 17, 2019 3:24 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian supermodel-turned-environmental activist Gisele Bundchen is responding to criticism from a Cabinet minister. Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias accused Bundchen of tainting the country's image abroad. Speaking in a radio interview Monday, the minister called the super...

Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet

Jan. 16, 2019 10:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A hamburger a week, but no more — that's about as much red meat people should eat to do what's best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world's diet. Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. Dairy foods should...

APNewsBreak: New pen may allow sale of horses for slaughter

Jan. 15, 2019 6:00 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in Northern California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency acknowledged in court filings in a potentially precedent-setting legal battle that it built the pen for...

Big winners in Trump rollback of wetlands rules? Developers

Jan. 14, 2019 8:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pointed to farmers Monday as winners from the administration's proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country, describing farmers crying in gratitude when he ordered the change. But under long-standing federal law and rules,...

EU OKs Poland's wild boar slaughter to fight swine disease

Jan. 11, 2019 11:06 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union's executive body is supporting Poland's slaughter of wild boars as a way of protecting farm pigs and meat production from the deadly African swine fever. The government's decision to shoot some 200,000 wild boars this hunting season has drawn wide public protests...

Poles protest govt plan for mass slaughter of wild boars

Jan. 9, 2019 1:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tens of thousands of Poles are protesting a government plan to hold a massive slaughter of wild boars as a way to stop the spread of the deadly African swine fever among farm pigs. Poland's veterinary and farming officials approved the plan last year to kill 185,000 wild boars this...

Environmental groups withdraw from Oregon wolf plan talks

Jan. 7, 2019 6:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental groups in Oregon announced Monday they have withdrawn from talks on how to manage the state's rebounding wolf population because of what they called a "broken" process, and concerns that state wildlife officials want to make it easier to kill wolves that eat livestock...

Good news for wild blueberries in faltering No. 1 state

Jan. 6, 2019 9:04 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Growers in the No. 1 wild-blueberry state suffered another bad year, but agriculture officials say there are reasons to believe Maine's historic and troubled industry is about to turn a long-awaited corner. Maine farmers collected about 57 million pounds of the wild fruit in 2018,...

Animal advocates: Fatal zoo mauling shows need for crackdown

Dec. 31, 2018 9:36 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fatal mauling of a zoo intern by a lion that escaped from a locked pen illustrates the need for North Carolina regulators to crack down on unaccredited exhibitors of dangerous animals, animal welfare advocates said Monday. Alexandra Black, 22, was attacked Sunday while cleaning an...