|Will Denmark Become the World’s First 100% Organic Country?|
EcoWatch - 1/30/2016. By Cole Mellino - The Danish government is working on drastically increasing the nation’s supply of organic food. Last year, The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries released an ambitious plan to double the area under organic cultivation by 2020 from 2007 levels.
|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.”
|Upper Midwest farmers transitioning to organic can get aid|
Associated Press - 1/29/2016. By Blake Nicholson - Bismarck, N.D.: North Dakota and Minnesota are helping farmers with the three-year transition from traditional crops to organic production, an effort that the industry's main trade group says could boost the acreage of organically grown crops in the U.S. if it takes root beyond the upper Midwest.
|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.