|Golden Rice: Lifesaver?|
The New York Times - 8/24/2013. By Amy Harmon - One bright morning this month, 400 protesters smashed down the high fences surrounding a field in the Bicol region of the Philippines and uprooted the genetically modified rice plants growing inside.
|One of the first fruit trees planted in America is still alive and well at age 383|
Treehugger - 8/24/2013. By Stephen Messenger - When the first European settlers stepped foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620, the landscape they encountered must have felt like the epitome of wildness. In time, of course, cottages and farmhouses, roads and footpaths would sprout up even there as 'civilization' took root. But little could they have guessed, from those fragile early shoots, that the whole wild continent would be tamed in just a few short centuries. It may be hard to believe, however, but one of America's earliest settlers is still alive today - and still bearing fruit after 383 years.
|Farmers: Monsanto’s GMO Crop Could Create Pesticide Disaster|
The Cornucopia Institute - 8/23/2013. By Sehvilla Mann, Indiana Public Media News - As Red Gold Incorporated Director of Agriculture Steve Smith watches cans of tomato sauce whip down the line at the company’s processing plant in Orestes, he says it is his job to worry about the bite pesticide drift takes out of his growers’ yields. Each year, a handful of Red Gold’s suppliers see yields diminished by drift damage, and he worries that number could mushroom if the government approves crops genetically engineered by the Monsanto Company to tolerate an herbicide called dicamba.
|Crop of young farmers growing in Maine|
Bangor Daily News - 8/23/2013. By By Abigail Curtis - Her head shaded from the sun by a wide-brimmed hat, Rachel Katz crouched in verdant rows of watermelons and cantaloupes late Wednesday afternoon while her two small children helped fill plastic crates with the fruit to sell for the next day’s market.