Publications

Blast Zone: Natural Gas and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline — Causes, Consequences and Civic Action

The Rachel Carson Council’s new and comprehensive report, Blast Zone, explores the economic and political forces driving the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), the proposed $5.5 billion, 600-mile structure that will transport fracked natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale Basins to markets in Virginia and North Carolina.

Blast Zone concludes that the ACP is “unnecessary, unsafe, and unjust.”

The report also highlights dozens of local, regional and national organizations working for a just transition to a clean energy future.  Blast Zone is ideal for students, faculty, journalists, policymakers, and all citizens looking for a deeper understanding of the forces behind the expansion of natural gas infrastructure, and how to get involved.

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Fowl Matters: Public Health, Environmental Justice, and Civic Action around the Broiler Chicken Industry

The Rachel Carson Council’s comprehensive report, details how the 21st-century chicken industry has sacrificed the environment, climate, human health, workers, growers, animals, and more. Poultry operations generate 300 million tons of waste annually, and the effects on neighbors and consumers are not reflected in the price of a conventional chicken breast.

“The modern-day chicken industry is a profitable, $32.7 billion polluter,” writes author Zoë Ackerman, Associate Program Director at the Rachel Carson Council (RCC). “Communities living near poultry production, processing, and incineration facilities experience a disproportionate share of environmental and climate-related harms. This is called environmental and climate injustice.”

Fowl Matters provides maps, data, resource and research links, and a full listing of national and local organizations working to help scholars, students, and citizens who want to help build a healthier and more just future. “Those at a distance from the epicenter of harm are essential to the movement for sustainable agriculture,” says co-author Dr. Robert Musil, President and CEO of the RCC. “This guide for research and action highlights how communities, campuses, and advocacy organizations can join the transition.”

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Fowl Matters Fact Sheet

Provides a quick overview of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) focusing on broiler chickens. The USDA defines broiler CAFOs as annually raising and slaughtering 500,000 or more chickens for meat consumption.

Broiler CAFOs are concentrated in what is known as the southeast poultry corridor. Poultry farming is now the number one agricultural operation in North Carolina and in 2014 had an economic impact of $12.8 billion.

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Pork and Pollution: An Introduction to Research and Action on Industrial Hog Production

“The modern world worships the gods of speed and quantity, and of the quick and easy profit, and out of this idolatry monstrous evils have arisen.”

—Rachel Carson, foreword to Animal Machines

One million pounds of manure: the amount of fecal matter that livestock in the United States produce every four seconds. On a daily basis, factory-farmed hogs in North Carolina alone turn out more waste than do people in six states—California, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Texas—and most of it goes untreated and unregulated. The unseen effects of cheap barbecue and bacon wreak havoc on air, water, soil, and on the health and well-being of communities around the country. These will only worsen with extreme weather, rising temperatures, and sea level rise. For journalists, college faculty and students interested in our modern food system, and community organizers eager to reimagine it, this new, up-to-date report on the environmental and public health effects of industrial pork by the Rachel Carson Council.

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hog graphic3Pork and Pollution Fact Sheet

This introduction to research and action on industrial hog production provides a quick overview of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). Also covers the negative effects of hog factory farms including water and air pollution, use of antibiotics leading to antibiotic resisteance, and workers health.

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 Layout 1The Buzz on Bees

Approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination

There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven to nine recognized families living on every continent except for Antarctica.

On average, a worker bee in the summer lasts six to eight weeks. Their most common cause of death is wearing their wings out. In that short lifetime, they fly the equivalent of 1 1/2 times the circumference of the earth.

The peak population of a colony of honeybees is usually at mid-summer (after spring buildup) and results in 60,000 to 80,000 bees per colony.

To make one pound of honey, the bees in the colony must visit 2 million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles and will be the lifetime work of approximately 768 bees. A single honey bee will visit 50-100 flowers on a single trip out of the hive. A bee hive may be home to as many as 60,000 bees.

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Layout 1Special Report: What’s in Your Food?

According to the Environmental Working Group’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 samples tested by the USDA in 2013, contained pesticide residues. This report discusses the most widely used pesticides in America and the 12 most contaminated foods including, meats, dairy, fruits and vegetables.

EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce calculates that USDA tests found a total of 165 different pesticides on thousands of fruit and vegetables samples examined in 2013.

Pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables tested by USDA, even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) findings also indicate that the conventional fruit and produce industries are ignoring a striking market trend: American consumers are voting with their pocketbooks for produce with less pesticide. USDA’s Economic Research Service estimates that the organically-produced food sector has enjoyed double-digit growth in recent years.

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Layout 1Plant It and They Will Come

BENEFICIAL INSECTS – Insects that eat other insects (beneficials) help us in the garden by keeping the numbers of pest insects down.

BIRDS – Backyard feeding stations are especially appreciated in winter by feathered guests as well as those of us who watch them. We can provide plant-based feeding stations that supply seeds, berries, and nuts.

BUTTERFLIES – Butterflies are more than a delightful presence on warm summer days. As pollinators and part of the food chain, they also contribute to a garden’s health and biodiversity.

BEES (NATIVE) – Most flowering plants need pollinators in order to produce fruit or seeds. Native bees are some of the most efficient pollinators.

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fracking_compendium_coverFracking Compendium

Highlights from the Compendium

• Air pollution
• Water contamination
• Inherent engineering problems that worsen with time
• Radioactive releases
• Occupational health and safety hazards
• Noise pollution, light pollution and stress
• Earthquake and seismic activity
• Abandoned and active oil and natural gas wells (as pathways for gas and fluid migration)
• Flood risks
• Threats to agriculture and soil quality
• Threats to the climate system
• Inaccurate jobs claims, increased crime rates, and threats to property value and mortgages
• Inflated estimates of oil and gas reserves and profitability
• Disclosure of serious risks to investors
• Medical and scientific calls for more study and more transparency

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Layout 1Get Some Green Back

The “Green Mantle™ Initiative: Get some Green Back” gives 12 ways to help protect yourself, your family, your pets, your fellow citizens, and the wildlife work force that supplies useful ecosystem services-while also indicating how doing so can save you money. The “Initiative” includes ways to lower your energy use while reducing greenhouse gas production; it recommends using fewer chemical pesticides to reduce risk to the environment and to human health. Topics include:

• Healthy food choices   • Recycling & trash reduction
• Energy conservation   • Pest control indoors & out
• Landscape maintenance & wildlife support   • Water conservation
• Healthy home practices   • Pet safety
• Home construction & maintenance   • Transportation
• Environmental education & leadership   • Celebration of the anniversary of Rachel Carson’s birth

Full color, 8 page brochure

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behind_the_wallBehind the Wall

American Religion and Global Climate Change

Ideal for classrooms, colleges, congregations, and individuals who want to understand the origins of religious environmentalism and how to work with religious Americans who care about global climate change. Behind the Wall: American Religion and Global Climate Change is an authoritative, yet readable report from the Rachel Carson Council and its President and CEO, Dr. Robert K. Musil.

Can environmentalists, scientists, activists, and people of faith work together? What do America’s main religions have to say about climate change? Why do many, many millions of Americans believe in the science of global climate change while taking action based on their own faith tradition? And can a religious climate movement really have any political clout?

How Americans with a religious faith have understood and acted upon the nation’s largest environmental challenge – dangerous, anthropogenic global climate change – is the focus of this report.

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Layout 1The Bald Eagle – Symbol of Our Nation

This 12 page publication is loaded with facts, games and more. Removing one chemical, DDT, from the environment contributed in large measure to the recovery of the nation’s symbol and most beloved bird.

The Bald eagle became our national symbol in 1782. In 1963, only 400 breeding pairs of Bald eagles existed in the U. S. This was due in large part to the use of the insecticide DDT.

Includes:
• Bald Eagle facts
• You Can Draw
• Word Search
• Glossary of terms
• Food Chain and Biomagnification
• Bald Eagle’s Status: Past and Present
• Raptors.

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Layout 1Snoopy only lands on Toxic-Free Lawns!

This brochure details ways to make sure your yard is chemical pesticide-free for the safety of yourself, your children and your pets!

Includes:

• Common interests of parents and pet owners
• Advantages of organic lawn care
• Why chemically treated lawns are especially dangerous for pets.
• Case report on young Labrador Retriever
• References

Available in English and Spanish

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Layout 1About Rachel Carson for Little Earthkin Friends

This 29 page publication includes a short biography of Rachel Carson and is full of great activities, trivia questions, stories and much more for kids of all ages.

Whether it’s a planting chart to attract wildlife, tips on how you can protect your family and the earth or a family activity page about wetlands exploration, this publication provides a wealth of information and fun!

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