|Big Swath Of U.S. Sizzles In Blazing Heat|
National Public Radio - 6/9/2011.A third day of unseasonable heat blistered the eastern half of the country Thursday, making tornado cleanup miserable in Massachusetts, sending country music fans in Tennessee to hospitals and leaving Special Olympians in Pennsylvania gulping gallons of water.
|Certified slaughter facility coming to Washington County|
Bangor Daily News - 6/8/2011.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Alexander: Economic officials say they cannot measure the importance of a state-certified slaughter facility in Washington County to farmers there and in southern Aroostook County. Because the closest inspected slaughter facilities were hours away and livestock are seriously stressed during transport, many Washington County farmers limited the number of animals they raised in spite of heavy demand for local meat.
|Roundup birth defects: regulators knew world’s best-selling herbicide causes problems|
Huffington Post - 6/8/2011.By Lucia Graves – Washington: Industry regulators have known for years that Roundup, the world's best-selling herbicide produced by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, according to a new report released Tuesday. The report, "Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?" found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate, the chemical on which Roundup is based, can cause birth defects in laboratory animals.
|US Universities in Africa ‘land grab’|
The Guardian [UK] - 6/8/2011.By John Vidal and Claire Provost – Harvard and other major American universities are working through British hedge funds and European financial speculators to buy or lease vast areas of African farmland in deals, some of which may force many thousands of people off their land, according to a new study.