|Are ‘local’ meats 20 minutes away – or a day’s drive?|
Portland Press Herald - 3/20/2016. By Meredith Goad - Steve Burger raises happy pigs. At Winter Hill Farm in Freeport, he feeds them whey from the farm’s cheese-making operation and allows them to forage during the growing season. He has developed a regular customer base of butcher shops, markets and restaurants, and demand is strong – almost too strong. Even though he has grown and winterized his operation so that he now harvests between six and 10 pigs a month, year-round, he can’t fill every request for local pork that comes in.
|In win for beekeepers, Minnesota links insecticide to damaged hives|
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 3/20/2016. By Josephine Marcotty - In the first test of a landmark environmental law, Minnesota has compensated two beekeepers whose hives were severely damaged last spring by toxic dust that drifted off the fields of a neighbor planting corn.
|Can the off-target effects of gene editing be reduced to almost nothing?|
GM Watch - 3/19/2016. An article in Science Daily reports on a study in the journal Nature that concluded that the off-target effects of CRISPR-Cas gene editing can be reduced to virtually nothing. Is this the ‘holy grail’ of GM – a genetic engineering technique that really is precise and predictable? We asked scientists for their views. A summary of the feedback is as follows.
|Tiny Vermont Brings Food Industry to Its Knees on GMO Labels|
ABC News - 3/19/2016. By Lisa Rathke - General Mills' announcement that it will start labeling products that contain genetically modified ingredients to comply with a Vermont law shows food companies might be throwing in the towel, even as they hold out hope Congress will find a national solution.