|Scotts tests genetically modified grass seed at homes|
The Columbus Dispatch - 1/31/2014. By Mary Vanac - After nearly two decades of research and some controversy, Scotts Miracle-Gro in Marysville is preparing to test a genetically modified grass seed in the family lawns of a small number of employees this growing season.
|Agriculture committee tables bill to fund Maine food hubs|
Kennebec Journal - 1/30/2014. Associated Press - The goal of the bill is provide more local foods to Maine schools by creating a $6 million bond issue and providing grants that would allow groups to start the hubs, where small farmers can aggregate their products for distribution. It would also fund programs to train schools’ food service workers on the preparation and procurement of Maine-grown foods.
|Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients|
National Public Radio - 1/30/2014. By Richard Gonzales, The Salt - In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved a massive five-year farm bill that costs nearly half a trillion dollars. The bill includes some reductions to food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year.
|Roundup 'Weed Killer' Threatens Coral Reefs, Persists In Seawater|
GreenMedInfo.com - 1/30/2014. By Sayer Ji - A new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin indicates that the world's most popular herbicide glyphosate (aka Roundup), used primarily in GM agriculture, is particularly resistant to biodegradation in coral reef collected sea water, and could therefore be a major contributor to the decline of marine coral reef systems such as the Great Barrier Reef.