|Global Grain Stocks Drop Dangerously Low as 2012 Consumption Exceeded Production|
Earth Policy Institute - 1/17/2013. By Janet Larsen - The world produced 2,241 million tons of grain in 2012, down 75 million tons or 3 percent from the 2011 record harvest. The drop was largely because of droughts that devastated several major crops - namely corn in the United States (the world’s largest crop) and wheat in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Australia.
|Hybrid Seeds vs. GMOs|
Mother Earth News - 1/16/2013. By Vicki Mattern - The term “hybrid,” which you’ll often see in seed catalogs, refers to a plant variety developed through a specific, controlled cross of two parent plants. In contrast, GM varieties (sometimes called “genetically modified organisms,” or “GMOs”) are a whole different animal, as we’ll explain in a bit.
|Counting the Vanishing Bees|
The New York Times - 1/16/2013. By Dylan Walsh - When United Nations experts noticed that crop production was flagging in seven countries around the world, from Brazil to Nepal, they contacted Gretchen LeBuhn, an associate professor at San Francisco State University who studies bees.