|Scientists Hope to Cultivate an Immune System for Crops|
The New York Times - 6/16/2016. By Carl Zimmer - The world’s crops face a vast army of enemies, from fungi to bacteria to parasitic animals. Farmers have deployed pesticides to protect their plants, but diseases continue to ruin a sizable portion of our food supply.
|New rules to regulate Europe's hormone-disrupting chemicals|
The Guardian [UK] - 6/16/2016. By Arthur Nelsen - The European commission has launched the world’s first system for classifying and banning endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), against a barrage of criticism from scientists, NGOs, industry and consumer groups.
|It’s time to stand up for consumers’ right to know what’s in their food|
Bangor Daily News - 6/16/2016. By Brian Langley and Michelle Dunphy - Congress has only a few days left to pass a GMO labeling bill through the Senate and House before Vermont’s mandatory labeling law takes effect July 1. And while Maine, Vermont and Connecticut have clearly spoken on the issue, there is still discussion in Washington around developing a “compromise” piece of legislation that would pre-empt existing bills in those states.
|Cultivating the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers|
USDA - 6/15/2016. According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s most recent Ag Census data, the number of young people entering farming continues to decline, but the number of new farmers and ranchers over the age of 35 is on the rise, as is the number of smaller farms and ranches nationwide. Ensuring there will be a new generation of beginning farmers and ranchers – regardless of age or production choice – is important to the future of U.S. agricultural production.