|Our View: Federal food fight targets the vulnerable|
Portland Press Herald - 10/31/2013. Editorial - Starting Friday, the approximately 250,000 Mainers who rely on food stamps will have fewer resources to spend on filling their plates. That’s the day when a temporary boost from the 2009 stimulus bill will expire. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will be cut by $5 billion nationwide. The average family of four will lose the funds for a week’s worth of meals a month.
|Measuring Farmland Biodiversity|
Solutions - 10/31/2013. Biodiversity – the diversity of genes, species, and habitats – is among the natural resources under threat by the growing human population.1 In Europe, an estimated 50 percent of all wild species are reliant on agricultural habitats, leading to close interactions between farming and wildlife.
|Climate change to disrupt soil nutrients in drylands|
Environmental News Network - 10/31/2013. By Jan Piotrowski, SciDevNet - The increased aridity expected this century as a result of change may disrupt the balance of key soil nutrients with a knock-on effect on soil fertility threatening livelihoods of more than two billion people, a study finds.