|Risk, bacteria, and the tragedy of food-safety reform (updated)|
Grist - 11/29/2010.By Tom Philpott – After all the back-and-forth in our recent – and, if I may say, extremely informative – Food Fight debate on S. 510, I hold to the same opinion I expressed at first: that S. 510 represents a small step in the right direction, so long as it doesn't crush the alternative food systems that are emerging to challenge Big Food.
|Wikileaks: State Department wants intel on African acceptance of GMOs|
Grist - 11/29/2010.By Tom Laskawy – The Wikileaks release of U.S. State Department classified diplomatic cables may be problematic, but it has been quite a trove of information on the workings of our diplomatic corps. For the most part, the dump has confirmed things that we already knew about U.S. policy – and that seems to be the case regarding the one mention of agricultural policy in these thousands of emails and documents to which I was alerted.
|Odor improving at HerbKomp facility|
Kennebec Journal - 11/28/2010.Clinton – A stinky problem that had become a public nuisance is now being fixed at the HerbKomp facility on Route 100, state officials say. Most of the smelly odors had been created at the composting operation by seafood – shellfish parts, animal bones and lobster-claw rubber bands – that had been scattered around and not properly covered, according to inspections by the state Department of Agriculture.
|‘There is food all over the place’|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 11/28/2010.By Beth Quimby – Farmer Denis Thoet has packed his root cellar with beets, potatoes and carrots and filled a storage room in his house with garlic, onions and squash. His freezer is stuffed with the leftovers from the food he grows for 69 households that each bought a share of this year's harvest.