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Letter to the editor: This year, keep your lawn natural and diverse

Is your lawn safe enough for your kids to play on? If you do the “weed and feed” routine, it’s time to rethink. Current lawn culture encourages the use of chemicals, with deceptive descriptions like “healthy lawn.” But don’t be fooled, because pesticides and fertilizers have many risks.

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Letter to the editor: Too many hogs, too much corporate greed

Two thousand four hundred ninety-nine. That is the magic maximum number of hogs allowed to construct a new confined animal feeding operation (CAFO, or factory farm) in Iowa without notifying local or county officials or adhering to state government regulations. Only a cursory review and approval by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and filing a plan for manure management with the county auditor, are required. There are no minimum requirements for acreage or distance from residences, schools, parks and sources of water unless the CAFO contains 2,500 hogs or more. […]

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Pipeline fight continues this week in Iowa City

The NoDAPL movement is alive and well in Iowa, with numerous actions and events in the coming week. Tonight, supporters will rally ahead of the Iowa City Council meeting where the council will consider a request to divest further from banks that support the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tomorrow, 100 Grannies for a Livable Future and […]

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