Trump administration allows pesticides and GM crops in wildlife refuges
The Trump administration has reversed a ban on using neonicotinoid pesticides (linked to declining bee populations) and genetically modified crops in over 50 national wildlife refuges (out of 560 total). Limited farming activity is permitted in some of the wildlife refuges. Previously, a blanket ban had prohibited the use of neonicotinoids and genetically modified crops in the wildlife refuges, but now decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
It has also been reported recently that the Trump administration is opposing the World Health Organisation’s guidelines on limiting antibiotic use in healthy farm animals (read more here).
Read the full story here. A copy of the memo announcing the change in policy can be viewed here (PDF link). See also the Foodsource resource How do food systems affect land-use and biodiversity?
North America is the northern subcontinent of the Americas covering about 16.5% of the Earth's land area. This large continent has a range of climates spanning Greenland’s permanent ice sheet and the dry deserts of Arizona. Both Canada and the USA are major food producers and some of the largest food exporters in the world. Industrial farms are the norm in North America, with high yields relative to other regions and only 2% of the population involved in agriculture.