|Strawberries, Raspberries and Bagged Salads|
Write to Farm - 8/15/2013. By Michael Tabor and Nick Maravell - Brian Snyder of PASA turns his blog over to two experienced farmers who critique FDA’s proposed Food Safety Modernization Act rules. Comments are due to FDA by Nov. 15.
|Why this year’s Gulf dead zone is twice as big as last year’s|
Grist - 8/15/2013. By Tom Philpott - First, the good news: The annual “dead zone” that smothers much of the northern Gulf of Mexico - caused by an oxygen-sucking algae bloom mostly fed by Midwestern farm runoff - is smaller this year than scientists had expected. Now, for the bad news: This year’s “biological desert” (NOAA’s phrase) is much bigger than last year’s.
|EPA unveils new pesticide label to protect bees|
The Des Moines Register - 8/15/2013. By Christopher Doering - The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled Thursday a new pesticide label that prohibits the use of some pesticide products where bees are present, a step to help with the sharp decline in recent years of the insect vital to pollinating crops and producing honey.