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Genetically Engineered Crops
4:22 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Study: GMO Crops Need More Herbicide To Fend Off 'Superweeds'

Charles Benbrook is a researcher with Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
WSU

Farmers of genetically engineered crops are dramatically increasing their use of herbicides. That’s according to a new study out of Washington State University. Researchers say farmers are spraying more in response to the rise of so-called “superweeds.”

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Wolf Hunt Ended
5:38 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Alpha Male Wolf In Wedge Pack Killed, Ending State Hunt

The hunt for the Wedge Pack is over. The alpha male of the pack was killed Thursday.
ForestWander Wikimedia Commons

Washington wildlife managers say the hunt for a pack of grey wolves is over. A state marksman killed the alpha male of the pack Thursday in far northeast Washington. The department has killed a total of seven wolves from the Wedge Pack since August.

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Fires Affect Hunting Season
5:19 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Northwest Fire Season Overlapping With Hunting Season

Wildfires have closed some prime hunting grounds in the Northwest.
Dennis Stern USFS Gila National Forest

Evacuation notices around the Northwest have subsided as fire crews beat back the threat of wildfire to homes and subdivisions.

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Response To Wolf Kills
5:52 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Wolf Kills Create Blowback For State, Conservation Group

The state’s decision to take out an entire wolf pack is causing blowback for state wildlife managers.
Northwest News Network

Washington wildlife officials killed three more grey wolves near the Canadian border Wednesday . That brings the total kill to five this week. The state’s decision to take out an entire wolf pack is causing blowback for state wildlife managers, and for one environmental organization that supported the action.

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Gillnet Ban
4:40 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Anti-Gillnet Coalition Suspends Ballot Measure Campaign

The sponsors of a measure to ban gillnets on the Columbia River say they're instead backing a separate effort by Oregon’s governor.
Daily Inter Lake FWS

The group that's asking Oregon voters to ban the use of gillnets along the Columbia River says it's suspending its ballot measure campaign. The sponsors of the measure say they're instead backing a separate effort by Oregon’s governor to do essentially the same thing.

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Washington's Apple Crop
4:52 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Much Of Washington’s Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked

Much of this year's apple crop will likely rot, because there are not enough workers to get all the fruit in time.
Anne Burgess Wikimedia Commons

Washington state apple farmers have the second largest crop in history but too few pickers to get it all in this harvest. A worker shortage means there won’t be enough people to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough.

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The Salt
11:07 am
Tue September 4, 2012

McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India

Even this Maharaja Mac, made specifically for the Indian market, will be off the menu at the new vegetarian McDonald's in India.
kawanet Flickr.com

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:13 pm

McDonald's, home of the iconic Big Mac, is going vegetarian. Well, at least in India, where 20 to 42 percent or more of the population (depending on how you count) eschews meat, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

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The Salt
10:06 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Portland Company Aims To Tame Food Truck Trash

Portland-based GO Box, a service that provides and cleans reusable take-out boxes for local food trucks, hopes to keep some of the city's food waste from going in the dumpster.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 7:39 am

With nearly 700 food carts licensed last year, Portland, Ore., is arguable a leader in the mobile food revolution. Lucky residents can choose between Iraqi-Jewish sabich, yeasted Belgian liege waffles, or Indonesian rendang, all served out of a friendly window on the sidewalk. But all of these mobile meals come with a downside — namely, trash.

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Fertilizer Fraud
5:09 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Oregon On The Lookout For Fertilizer Fraud

Many fertilizer products are used to cultivate marijuana.
Oregon Drug Enforcement Administration

The state of Oregon is on the lookout for fraudulent fertilizer. State regulators say it’s a growing problem for indoor gardeners. The Oregon Department of Agriculture recently cracked down on a California company that it says was selling a potentially harmful product.

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Protecting Dogs In Spokane County
5:44 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

County Takes Hard Line Against Leaving Fido In Hot Car

Officer Nicole Montano is the operations manager of the the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

One Northwest county is taking a hard line against dog owners who leave man’s best friend in the hot car this summer. Animal protection officers in Spokane County, Wash., say a prolonged trip to the mall could earn you criminal charges for animal cruelty – and a broken window.

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