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Joel Salatin on Meat Processing and the PRIME Act

Joel Salatin on Meat Processing and the PRIME ActOn July 23, Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced the PRIME Act (H.R. 3187), a bill that would empower states to pass laws allowing the sale of custom processed meat. Farmer/slaughterhouse owner Joel Salatin writes on how the current meat processing regulations work and how the PRIME Act can provide a huge shot in the arm to the local food movement.

For consumers unfamiliar with the vagaries of abattoir licensing, the difference between “inspected” and “custom” can sound like a foreign language. Why wouldn’t you say “inspected” and “uninspected”? To anyone looking at options, that seems like something you can compare. But “inspected” and “custom” sound like a cross between a vintage car and a driver’s license.


FTCLDF Member Bavuso Wins Virginia Right to Farm Case

Anthony Bavuso, eating a fresh oyster - FTCLDF Member Bavuso Wins Virginia Right to Farm CaseIn a major victory for Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund member Anthony Bavuso, a York County Poquoson Circuit Court Judge has ruled that the Virginia Right to Farm Act and a state zoning law prohibited York County from requiring Bavuso to obtain a special use permit in order to conduct oyster farming on his property. Bavuso and the York County Board of Supervisors (BOS) have been locked in a four-year battle over whether the farmer has the right to operate his oyster business on his land.


USGBC and UVA School of Medicine Awarded $1.2 Million Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Funds will help advance existing Green Health Partnership, research to promote healthy places

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVA) announced that they have been awarded a three year, $1.2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to advance their Green Health Partnership. This research initiative, led by Chris Pyke, Ph.D., (USGBC) and Dr. Matthew Trowbridge (UVA) directly addresses longstanding gaps in the availability of practical tools to promote healthy places.


Study Finds Aluminum Cans the Sustainable Package of Choice

Study Finds Aluminum Cans the Sustainable Package of ChoiceAluminum cans are the most recycled and highest value beverage container on the market today, according to a new report released by the Aluminum Association and Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), and available at   The aluminum can has the highest recycling rate of any beverage container and contains 70 percent recycled content on average – more than three times the recycled content of glass or plastic (PET) bottles. The study also found that aluminum can recycled material is worth nearly 300 percent more per ton than plastic or glass.


New Study Questions Economic Benefit Claims of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The claimed economic benefits of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) are overstated, lack sufficient supporting data, and fail to account for environmental and societal costs, according to a newly released analysis by Synapse Energy Economics of Cambridge, MA. 

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Benefits Review was commissioned by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and is today being released jointly with the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance, a coalition of 43 organizations in Virginia and West Virginia that are concerned about the impact of the ACP on affected communities and citizens.  SELC is a member of the coalition.


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