|Bills Seek To Protect Organic Crops From GE Seeds|
Maine Public Broadcasting - 4/17/2009.By A.J. Higgins – Are Maine's farmers benefitting from biotechnology or are they really planting the seeds of their own destruction? That's one of the questions confronting the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. Today the Committee took up several bills dealing with genetically engineered seeds and the preservation of organically grown crops. And farmers are trying to find common ground on the issue.
|Husson talks involve ethics, animal rights|
Bangor Daily News - 4/17/2009.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Bangor: When eating an omelet, should the diner consider whether the chicken that provided the egg lived in a cage or roamed free? Should the chicken’s quality of life even be considered?
|Earth day reflections on food as an environmental issue|
Grist - 4/17/2009.By Tom Philpott – The rise of industrial agriculture in the 20th century dramatically expanded our distance from the processes that sustain us. In a sense, most of us now live like royalty – separated from the land, as removed as we choose to be from the drudgery of growing and cooking food, with the ability to procure food from dizzying distances with little more than a finger snap.
|Bees rejoice: one potential cause of Colony Collapse Disorder identified|
Treehugger - 4/17/2009.By Michael Graham Richard – Colony collapse disorder has been attributed to all kinds of things like pesticides, cell phones, fungus, different viruses, GMOs, etc. But according to a study published in the journal Environmental Microbiology Reports, the sole culprit (at least in the cases studied) seems to be the parasitic fungi Nosema ceranae.