|Thoughts on an Organic Check-off|
The Cornucopia Institute - 2/15/2013. By Jim Riddle - If an organic check-off is implemented, I am concerned that organic agriculture could be forever relegated to a niche market status, when the larger goal is to change all of agriculture to be ecologically sustainable. Organic should be integrated into all agricultural programs, including research and promotion, rather than being pushed off to the side with its own pot of money.
|GMO fail: Monsanto foiled by feds, Supreme Court, and science|
Grist - 2/15/2013. By Tom Laskawy - It’s been a good week if you enjoy a little GMO schadenfreude. The FDA has reportedly bowed to public pressure to extend the comment period on its approval of genetically engineered salmon, and Illinois, Maryland, and Iowa are the latest states to buck GMOs by introducing labeling bills into state legislature. Even the Supreme Court has an opportunity to take Monsanto down a peg.
|When Resistance Is Futile: Bring In The Robots To Pull Superweeds|
National Public Radio - 2/14/2013. By Grant Gerlock - A future without weeds would be a kind of farmer utopia, but currently, herbicide-resistant "superweeds" are part of today's reality. Some researchers, though, are looking for a solution that seems ripped from science fiction: weed-seeking robots.