|Study finds pesticide link to childhood leukemia|
Organic Consumers - 7/30/2009.Agence France Presse: Washington - Patients with childhood leukemia have elevated levels of household pesticides in their urine, according to a new study by the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
|Neighbors near and far aid vandal-damaged farm|
Kennebec Journal - 7/30/2009.By Craig Crosby – Leo Murphy knew he was doing something right when the waitresses at an Augusta restaurant began giving him money. "I went to Rebecca's and the girls were leaving me their tips," Murphy said. "I think it's unbelievable, really." Those tips, along with a fistful of checks and cash and a piggy bank's worth of change, were handed over Wednesday to Spencer Aitel and his wife, Paige Tyson, co-owners of Two Loons Farm, an organic dairy farm in China.
|Berry growers assess tough new fungus|
Bangor Daily News - 7/30/2009.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Jonesboro, Maine: As blueberry growers filed out of a meeting at the University of Maine research center Wednesday night, one muttered under his breath, “This is going to be a nightmare.” He was talking about Valdensinia leaf spot, a fungus just now being found in Maine’s blueberry fields, and the steps growers must take to eradicate it. “If you see it, get rid of it,” Dr. Seanna Annis, a plant pathologist at the University of Maine, told more than 50 growers at the meeting. “Be vigilant. You may have to give up that area to save the rest of the field.”
|With House food-safety bill on the verge of passing, questions remain|
Grist - 7/30/2009.By Tom Philpott – The House will vote today on a momentous, controversial plan to overhaul a large swath of the nation’s food-safety system. The vote comes amid yet another round of recalls. On Tuesday, the FDA announced the voluntary recall of “one lot” of salmonella-tainted cilantro, distributed by a company called Frontera Produce.