The North Carolina Department of Agriculture has activated it’s hotline to connect farmers with resources that can assist with agricultural emergencies. The toll-free number is 1-866-645-9403, and the line is answered 12 hours a day, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Farmers can also find recovery resources at www.ncagr.gov/disaster.
South Carolina Department of Ag Cancels Pesticide Waste Disposal
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture cancels three upcoming pesticide waste disposal events, one scheduled for today, another tomorrow and the last one on Thursday in St. Matthews, Furman, and Darlington, respectively. The events have been postponed due to the threat of tropical system Irma. Possible makeup dates will be announced at a later time.
GMO-Free Labeling Fear Based
The National Milk Producers Federation says manufactures are raising consumer fears with GMO-free labeling, along with fears over synthetic animal-growth hormones and high fructose corn syrup. The federation has launched a “Peel Back the Label” campaign as 70 percent of American consumers look at food labels when making purchasing decisions, and says some labels are misleading. For instance, one company has labeled its table salt as “GMO-free,” when it could never have been GMO in the first place because salt has no genes to modify. Additional products with mislabeling, according to the Federation, include tomatoes, peanut butter, and even bottled water.
Find more about the campaign online at www.peelbackthelabel.org.