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Planters Take on Monsanto Over Seed Fees &#151 and Sometimes Go to Jail

Four months in prison last year hardened Kem Ralph's will to beat agrichemical giant Monsanto in a fight that has made him a cause celebre among farmers who save seed. >> Read the Full Article

'Green' Buildings Take Root in New York State

They're growing gardens insulated with 4 inches of Styrofoam on roofs — and collecting wastewater to irrigate nearby parks — at the 28-floor Battery Park Solaire Building in New York City. There's even a dense stand of bamboo trees to soak up nasty toxic heavy metals that might get into the runoff water. >> Read the Full Article

Highways, Development Imprison Black Bears

When Murphy regained his freedom 4 1/2 years ago, he became one of a handful of Florida black bears living in coastal Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. >> Read the Full Article

Dean Foods Sees Soy Milk as Good Source of Income

Anyone who thinks soy won't amount to a hill of beans hasn't looked at Dean Foods Co.'s Silk business. >> Read the Full Article

Tax Breaks Could Provide Windfall for Alternative-energy Industry

The wind energy industry is expected to exit its funk now that Congress has passed a tax bill that includes an extension of wind-power incentives through next year. >> Read the Full Article

India's Kashmir Govt to Fight Ban on Shahtoosh Wool

India's Jammu and Kashmir state plans to fight a global ban on the trade in super-fine shahtoosh wool, which environmentalists say is produced by killing a rare Tibetan antelope. >> Read the Full Article

Pond Suspected Link in Chain of Bird Flu Infection in Cambodia

The latest outbreak of bird flu in Cambodia may have originated from pond water containing the droppings of infected wild birds, a senior agriculture official said this week. >> Read the Full Article

Groups Challenge Rules Allowing Fewer Reviews of Pesticides' Impact on Endangered Species

Environmental groups went to court Thursday against Bush administration rules that allow the use of new pesticides with fewer checks on how they affect endangered species. >> Read the Full Article

Federal Plan Would Cut Back Bull Trout Habitat

A recovery plan being finalized this week would sharply reduce the amount of federally designated critical habitat for the threatened bull trout in three Western states and eliminate federal requirements for such habitat in Montana. >> Read the Full Article

Acid Rain Pollution Rose 4 Percent in 2003

Emissions of sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain, rose 4 percent in 2003, but probably will not compromise long-term air quality goals according to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency. >> Read the Full Article