|Have we learned nothing since “Silent Spring”?|
The Independent - 1/7/2011.By Michael McCarthy – Nicotine, found in tobacco, is a deadly substance – and not only for smokers. It has long been known as a powerful natural insecticide, and its presence in the tobacco crop has evolved to deter pests; it is toxic to virtually all of them.
|Germany dioxins: Officials probe 'illegal activity'|
BBC News - 1/7/2011.German officials are investigating possible "illegal activity" after a company allegedly supplied 25 animal feed makers with 3,000 tonnes of contaminated fatty acids. Tests from the Harles und Jentzsch plant in Schleswig Holstein found excessive levels of the poisonous chemical dioxin, officials said. Some 4,700 German farms have been shut. Officials say the dioxin levels pose no risk to humans, but contamination fears have spread across Europe.
|House GOP drops word ‘organic’ from committee charged with oversight|
Grist - 1/7/2011.By Tom Laskawy – Want some good news about the GOP's takeover of the House? Look elsewhere. Want some more bad news? You're in the right place. Food blog La Vida Locavore discovered something that indicates the new Republican majority on the House Agriculture Committee intends to massively de-emphasize organic agriculture.
|License requirements muddle effort to sell local foodstuffs|
Kennebec Journal - 1/5/2011.By George Smith – A lot of food criminals live in Maine. Did you bake bread or pastries for your church Christmas fair? Sell your pickles at the community craft fair? Offer your jams and jellies at the school fundraiser? Law breakers, every one of you!