NOTICE OF PHOSPHATE MINING PUBLIC WORKSHOP

The DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Workshop on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the Turner Agri Civic Center (2250 NE Roan Street) in Arcadia. 

TOPIC: PHOSPHATE MINING WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAMS

Presenters will include:

  • Mike J. Coates, P.G., Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
  • Shannon Gonzalez, PWS, Flatwoods Consulting Group
  • Sheri A. Huelster, Cardno
  • Anthony J. Janicki, Ph.D., Janicki Environmental, Inc.

After the presentations and Board discussion, the public will have an opportunity to address the Board and present relevant information on the topic being discussed at the Workshop for 3 minutes each, unless otherwise allowed by the Chairman. The meeting will end at the conclusion of the presentations and the discussion. 

Members of the public who wish to present written materials are encouraged to submit such materials to the Board at least 5 business days prior to the Workshop.  No formal action concerning phosphate mining will be taken by the Board at the Workshop.

The meeting is open to the public. However, if you would prefer to participate virtually: 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99408255901?pwd=dEhxMUhLUENsQUhKMlFVY01FREJPZz09

Meeting ID: 994 0825 5901; Passcode: 719286

One tap mobile: +16465588656,,99408255901#,,,,*719286# US

If special accommodations are required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals should contact the County Administrator’s Office by calling 863-993-4800 at least forty-eight hours prior to the Workshop.

Environmentalists sue over plan to allow radioactive phosphogypsum in roads

Environmentalists sue over plan to allow radioactive phosphogypsum in roads. The product comes from phosphate mining, which is big business in Florida.

To learn more, visit this article:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/2020/12/18/environmentalists-sue-over-plan-to-allow-radioactive-phosphogypsum-in-roads/

Riverview phosphogypsum stack and processing plant that sit right on Tampa Bay, Florida.

EPA approves use of radioactive phosphogypsum in roads

EPA approves use of radioactive phosphogypsum in roads, reversing long-held policy. Supported by the fertilizer industry, the change holds major ramifications for Florida.

To learn more, visit this article:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/2020/10/14/epa-approves-use-of-radioactive-phosphogypsum-in-roads-reversing-long-held-policy/

Riverview phosphogypsum stack and processing plant that sit right on Tampa Bay, Florida.

Championing Regenerative Agriculture

In September 2019 , the Organic Consumers Association reported that concerned farmers and activists are championing an alternative to the “normal” industrial agriculture which strips our soils of nutrients, releases carbon and has a continual need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. They are targeting their elected officials for a fair playing field for small farm regenerative operations which promote healthy soil and more nutrient dense food.

Linking Arms: Farmers, Consumers and Climate Activists Launch National Coalition for a Green New Deal

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Last week, Organic Consumers Association (OCA), joined Regeneration International (an organization we helped co-found and continue to support) and the Sunrise Movement to officially launch the national coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal

Five members of Congress joined us in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to call for a Green New Deal for farmers and ranchers.

Earlier in the day, we delivered a letter to every member of Congress, signed by more than 500 individual farms, and 50 organizations representing more than 10,000 farmers and ranchers, asking Congress to support the Green New Deal Resolution.

Representatives of the Women, Food & Agriculture NetworkIndiana Farmers Union and American Sustainable Business Council joined in the press conference, which was covered by multiple media outlets, including PoliticoThe HillCivil Eats and FERN AgInsider.

Why is a consumer and environmental advocacy group like OCA so invested in this new coalition of farmers and ranchers—?

Because we’re facing a food crisis. A soil crisis. A water crisis. And a climate crisis. And there’s just no way we solve these interconnected issues without “linking arms” and working together.Read MoreStudy: Plant Diversity Leads to More Carbon Stored in the Soil

two young girls in a garden with a magnifying glass

A new study confirms what most scientists already know, and what proponents of industrial agribusiness either don’t get, or won’t admit: Nature abhors a monoculture.

The study suggests that by restoring biodiversity, we can vastly enhance the soil’s potential to store carbon.

That’s good news for the climate. And there are co-benefits: healthier, more resilient soil and plants, not to mention wildlife habitats.

Scientists have long believed that soil aggregates—clusters of soil particles—were the principal locations for stable carbon storage. These clusters develop when tiny particles of soil clump together.

Mycorrhiza—the microscopic fungi which live in healthy soils—produce sticky compounds that help “glue” these clusters together helping to stabilize and protect the carbon particles inside them.

Now, a recent study out of the Michigan State University (MSU) Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, suggests that this soil clustering is most efficient when soil has a healthy “pore structure.” And the key to a healthy pore structure is plant biodiversity.Read MoreListen to the Farmers

farmer sitting in a corn crop field with a small wooden box of harvested corn

Last month, a United Nations report prepared by more than 100 experts from 52 countries warned of a looming global food crisis if we don’t hurry up and address global warming by ending the exploitation of the world’s land and water resources.

The solution, according to the experts? Change the way we produce food and manage land.

But how do we do that? When the biggest exploiters of our resources—the agribusiness and chemical giants—have access to a bottomless pit of money they can use to influence the people who write our food and farming policies?

We do it by building a grassroots lobbying force too powerful to be ignored.

And we do it by putting the farmers and ranchers who are ready to produce food and manage land regeneratively in the driver’s seat. 

Help us keep up the momentum. Your donation today will help power a national coalition of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers who will fight for a healthier food and farming system.Read MoreView all articles

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