|Notorious Insecticides Found in Half of Sampled Streams in US|
Common Dreams - 8/19/2015. By Andrea Germanos - A class of insecticides linked to the decline of bees has more found in more than half of the streams in the United States where samples were taken, new research has found. Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say it is the first national-scale study of the presence of neonicotinoids, or "neonics," in urban and agricultural land use settings across the nation.
|Meet the Nation's First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals|
Common Dreams - 8/19/2015. By Nadia Prupis - When schools in California's Sausalito Marin City District return to session this August, they will be the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainably sourced and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). More than 500 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City and Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito will eat fresh, local food year-round, thanks to a partnership with the Conscious Kitchen, a project of the environmental education nonprofit Turning Green.
|New Monsanto Spray Kills Bugs by Messing With Their Genes|
Mother Jones - 8/19/2015. By Tom Philpott - In MIT Technology Review, Antonio Regalado examines the genetically modified seed industry's latest blockbuster app in development – one that has nothing to do with seeds. Instead, it involves the industry's other bread-and-butter product: pesticide sprays. The novel sprays in question are powered by a genetic technology called RNA interference, which promises to kill specific insects and weeds by silencing genes crucial to their survival, while leaving nontarget species unscathed.
|What Is Killing America's Bees and What Does It Mean for Us?|
Rolling Stone - 8/18/2015. By Alex Morris - There was a moment last year when beekeeper Jim Doan was ready to concede defeat. He stood in the kitchen of his rural New York home, holding the phone to his ear. Through the window, he could see the frigid January evening settling on the 112-acre farm he'd just been forced to sell two weeks earlier. On the other end of the line, his wife's voice was matter-of-fact: "Jimmy, I just want to say I'm sorry, but the bees are dead."