Environmental Group Caught Pushing Fake News on FL Farmers

Environmental Group Caught Pushing Fake News on FL Farmers

Water wars continue in Florida

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
March 24, 2021

Last week, the Center for Biological Diversity and Calusa Waterkeeper landed themselves in hot water after publishing a false article to further their extreme anti-farming agenda.

The article suggested that Florida sugarcane farmers are the cause of chronic Manatee exposure to glyphosate in Florida and Georgia, and lead to further pollution of the Okeechobee waters.

The published study pushes the false idea that Lake Okeechobee is polluted by fertilizers and pesticides from fields to its south.

The author essentially concludes that “[Lake Okeechobee] receives nutrient loads and other pesticides from the Everglades Agricultural Area.”

However, a fact-based article released by the Fort Myers News-Press claims that farmers south of Lake Okeechobee are clearly not to blame.

Scientists find that 93% of the pollution originates in the north of the lake, but exactly 0% of all water came from the Everglades agricultural area.

You cannot blame the Center for Biological Diversity and Calusa Waterkeeper for writing this, they’ve been fighting against Everglade farmers since their establishment.  For example, their membership to the Everglades Coalition, which includes the Everglades Foundation.  The study also included an acknowledgment that its lead author received a scholarship funded by the Everglades Foundation.

Remember the CBD is the same group that sued President Donald Trump at least 200 times during his term in office.

Not only that, but they are also a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, which has reported receiving funds of over $240,000 from Paul Tudor Jones, a billionaire and anti-farming activist in the Everglades area.

There doesn’t appear to have not been a significant economic impact yet, but if successful, the Center for Biological Diversity and Calusa Waterkeeper could put at risk the 12,500 jobs within the sugar cane industry in South Florida.

The Manatees mentioned in the story with traces of chemicals found in their systems were located in Georgia and North and Central Florida, not in the South Florida agriculture community.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is an 18-year-old Pre-law student and has lived in Florida for 15 years. He is a member of the Benjamin Franklin Society of Scholars, received the 'Spirit of the American Legion' award, and was the President and founder of his high school's debate and moot court teams. On the side, he enjoys football, academics, politics and is a self-proclaimed patriot.