|The Killing Fields: Industrial Agriculture, Dead Zones and Genetically Engineered Corn|
Huffington Post - 8/1/2013. By Elizabeth Kucinich - Scientists are predicting one of the largest dead zones ever in the Gulf of Mexico this year, with estimates ranging from 7,286 to 8,561 square miles, or as large as the state of New Jersey. Dead zones are the oxygen-deprived bottom waters of bays and oceans. The lack of oxygen kills off bottom-dwelling marine organisms and chases away others that can no longer survive in them.
|National Farmers Union supports country-of-origin meat labeling|
LaCross Tribune - 8/1/2013. The National Farmers Union has agreed to intervene in a federal court case that seeks to block implementation of new U.S. meat label rules. “We are intervening in this lawsuit in order to stand up for the USDA’s final Country-of-Origin rule,” said Darin Von Ruden, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union.
|Want to become an urban naturalist? Try trailing a toddler|
Grist - 8/1/2013. By Emma Marris - I write about environmental science for a living, and I consider myself a pretty big nature fan. When I’m out in a park on an officially nature-centric outing, I am able to slow down, calm down, and really enjoy the flora and fauna, large and small. And my kids get free rein.