|US and Canada approve new multi-trait GM corn|
Food Navigator News - 7/21/2009.By Caroline Scott-Thomas – Monsanto and Dow Chemical Company have received regulatory approval for a new variety of genetically modified (GM) corn, which they say could increase whole farm yields by five to ten percent.
|Food alliance plows new ground Down East|
Bangor Daily News - 7/21/2009.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias, Maine: Nearly 60 members of the Washington County Food Alliance, a farming cooperative, have banded together over the past six months to solve issues such as marketing, transportation, bulk purchases and branding.
|Blueberry harvest gets out of a jam|
Portland Press Herald - 7/20/2009.By Beth Quimby – Like just about everything else growing this summer, blueberries are running late in Maine. But if the sun ever stays out, growers of both the signature Maine wild blueberry and the cultivated variety say they could harvest a bumper crop this summer. Blueberries usually are ripe by this time of year, but the weeks of rain in June and early July have delayed the process. The blueberries are plentiful and plump, but they now need some prolonged heat and sunshine to turn sweet and deep blue.
|As farmers battle weeds ‘conventionally’, the chemical treadmill speeds up|
Grist - 7/20/2009.By Tom Philpott – I’m an ag nerd, so sometimes you’ll catch me reading stuff like Delta Farm Press – a trade publication for large-scale farmers in the deep south. I find the damnedest things on those reading jags. Here’s one: farmers down there – which is cotton, soy, and corn country – are having a hell of a time controlling weeds, and resorting to evermore complex herbicide cocktails to combat them.