|Could a user fee curb excessive antibiotics use?|
Summit County Citizens Voice - 12/30/2013. By Bob Berwyn - Massive use of antibiotics for food production is only marginally beneficial and poses a huge long-term risk to human health, researchers in Canada say. In a new paper, the scientists proposed a user fee that could help curb excessive application antibiotics in the agriculture and aquaculture industries.
|From the Sky to the Land, Pollution's Toxic Toll on China|
Common Dreams - 12/30/2013. By Andrea Germanos - The thick smog that has blanketed major cities is not the only menace pollution has unleashed on China. Roughly 8 million acres of the country's farmland is too polluted with heavy metals and pesticides to grow food, a government official said Monday.
|Pollution Rising, Chinese Fear for Soil and Food|
The New York Times - 12/30/2013. By Edward Wong - Chenjiawan, China: The farm-to-table process in China starts in villages like this one in the agricultural heartland. Food from the fields of Ge Songqing and her neighbors ends up in their kitchens or in the local market, and from there goes to other provinces. The foods are Chinese staples: rice, cabbage, carrots, turnips and sweet potatoes. But the fields are ringed by factories and irrigated with water tainted by industrial waste.
|Monsanto’s scary new scheme: Why does it really want all this data?|
Salon - 12/29/2013. By Lina Khan - Imagine cows fed and milked entirely by robots. Or tomatoes that send an e-mail when they need more water. Or a farm where all the decisions about where to plant seeds, spray fertilizer and steer tractors are made by software on servers on the other side of the sea.