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Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers / foodgatherers.org

For the last three decades, Food Gatherers has recovered food that would otherwise be wasted. It has put it to good use by helping feed the hungry in Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair chats with Food Gatherers president and CEO Eileen Spring. They look back at how the organization has grown, what it has  has accomplished and what the future may hold. 


New Partnership To Work Toward A Cleaner Lake Erie

Oct 17, 2017
Lake Erie
Public Domain Pictures / publicdomainpictures.net

A new partnership has a plan to keep Lake Erie clean.  The MI CLEAR group is made up of farmers, conservationists, environmental leaders, and more.  Those groups are teaming up with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Flint Water
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The state needs to improve its oversight when it comes to the Flint water crisis.  That is a finding by the Michigan Auditor General released in a report Monday.


The Governor Heads To China For Seventh Time

Jul 31, 2017
Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The governor is in China today.  He left the country Sunday and is expected to return a week from Tuesday. 


Dog
Alan Levine / flickr.com

If you want to take your favorite dog out to eat with you, you might soon be in luck. 


Bottled Water
Steven DePolo / flickr.com

A new audit shows a state department is not in compliance with regulations on bottled water inspections. 

Backyard Farmers Upset with State Proposal

Feb 12, 2014

Backyard farmers blast proposal to exclude them from "Right to Farm" law
By Jake Neher

A state board is expected to decide next month whether to strip protections from Michiganders who raise chickens and other livestock in residential areas.

Dozens of "backyard farmers" and their supporters blasted the proposed rule change Wednesday at an agriculture commission meeting in Lansing. It would exclude them from Michigan's Right to Farm Act, which protects farmers from nuisance complaints and lawsuits.