|The Saturday Profile|
The New York Times - 1/29/2016. By Sally McGrane - In the deep stillness of a forest in winter, the sound of footsteps on a carpet of leaves died away. Peter Wohlleben had found what he was looking for: a pair of towering beeches. “These trees are friends,” he said, craning his neck to look at the leafless crowns, black against a gray sky. “You see how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s so they don’t block their buddy’s light.”
|GMOs for thought|
Science News - 1/29/2016. By Rachel Ehrenberg - Agricultural economist Matin Qaim, of the University of Göttingen in Germany, has been studying the social and financial impacts of genetically modified organisms for years. Yet he is not blindly pro-GMO and his interpretation of his own study’s results was nuanced.
|Aroostook organic farming pioneers transitioning to next generation|
Bangor Daily News - 1/29/2016. By Anthony Brino - Jim Gerritsen came to Bridgewater, Maine, from the West Coast in 1976 for practical reasons. “The research showed it was the best soil for the best price.” Forty years later, after growing the Wood Prairie Farm into a successful organic seed business and fighting the likes of Monsanto, Jim and Meg Gerritsen are stepping back a bit and starting the process of passing on the farm to their four children.