|Butterfly decline signals trouble in environment|
The Washington Post - 6/30/2013. By Darryl Fears - Butterflies are the essence of cool in the insect world, a favorite muse for poets and songwriters, who hold them up as symbols of love, beauty, transformation and good fortune. But providing good fortune apparently goes only one way. As humans rip apart woods and meadows for housing developments and insecticide-soaked lawns, butterflies across the country are disappearing.
|Mass. Rep. Ellen Story seeks labels for foods made with genetically modified organisms|
Gazettenet - 6/30/2013. By Richie Davis - On the one hand, Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, says her constituents include scientists who insist there’s no health danger from eating genetically engineered foods in small quantities. On the other hand, plenty of her constituents are very concerned that genetically modified foods are dangerously toxic or at least that not enough is known about them.
|Down on the farm, frustration's up|
Portland Press Herald - 6/29/2013. By M. L. Johnson, AP - The failure of Congress to pass a farm bill leaves the nation's dairy farmers under a cloud of uncertainty.