|BPA ban should be extended to keep children safe|
Biddeford Journal Tribune - 1/16/2013. It’s tough to defend a recommendation favoring continued use of a harmful product in baby food packaging. And yet, that’s what the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and the LePage administration, are doing in their recommendation in favor of allowing continued use of bisphenol-A (BPA) in such packaging.
|Will World Act to Protect Bees from Pesticidal 'Nerve Agent'?|
Common Dreams - 1/16/2013. Jon Queally - In what environmental campaigners say could be the hopeful "death knell" for a certain family of pesticides long believed to be harming the health of the world's bee colonies, a new report released Wednesday says that use of such chemicals should be deeply curtailed and urgency given to identify potential risks the chemicals pose to other plant pollinators.
|Crop insurance claims likely to hit $16 billion in wake of 2012 drought|
Grist - 1/16/2013. By Philip Bump - The 2012 megadrought was the worst since the Dust Bowl. Initial measurements suggest that it was responsible for a significant drop in the country’s economic growth in the middle of the year as corn prices spiked and farmers struggled to make ends meet. Which will be easier to accomplish given the government’s likely $16 billion crop insurance payout.
|Aisle be damned: How Big Food dominates your supermarket choices|
Grist - 1/16/2013. By Andy Bellatti - It’s no surprise that gigantic, multinational companies own most of the dominant organic brands out there. Big Food’s tentacles stretch far: Just four companies control 80 percent of the beef market, and many competing brands in the snack aisle huddle under the umbrella of the same parent company.