|The N2 dilemma: Is America fertilizing disaster?|
Grist - 2/5/2010.By Tom Philpott – Where does our food come from? These days, most people might think corn, the ubiquitous grain that provides the bulk of feed for our livestock; most of the sweetener for our soft drinks and snacks; and a large amount of our cooking fat. But where does the corn – and other staple crops – come from? The answer to that question lies beneath our feet. Healthy soil is our food system’s bottom line.
|Details on NAIS and animal traceability|
La Vida Locavore - 2/5/2010.By Jill Richardson – As I noted before, NAIS is toast. However, the USDA does plan to do SOMETHING in its place. A new PDF put out by the USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has more details about the future of animal traceability. In short, there will be a new system but it will ONLY cover animals moving across state lines.
|Cancer and pesticides: victims fight for justice|
The Ecologist - 2/4/2010.By Diana Smith – After long battles, three farmers in France have won legal claims that their cases of cancer and Parkinson's disease were caused by working with pesticides. Now they want to help others fight similar cases.
Treehugger - 2/4/2010.By Alex Davies – Genetic engineering is coming to the forests … Two industry giants, International Paper Co. and MeadWestvaco Corp., are planning to transform plantation forests of the southeastern United States by replacing native pine with genetically engineered eucalyptus, a rapidly growing Australian tree that in its conventional strains now dominates the tropical timber industry.