|World Food Prize laureates warn against labeling, other anti-biotech efforts|
The Des Moines Register - 10/16/2013. By Lynn Hicks - Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, Mary-Dell Chilton of Syngenta and Robert T. Fraley of Monsanto emphasized the benefits and safety of genetically modified crops and addressed criticisms in a press conference Thursday at the World Food Prize’s Borlaug Dialogue. The three will be awarded with the prize Thursday night for their research, which led to the development of biotech crops, which, by 2012, were grown around the globe by 17.3 million farmers.
|Why Home Economics Should Be Mandatory|
Mother Jones - 10/16/2013. By Tom Philpott - I was a rotten high school student, a shirker and smart-ass of the first rank. I even found myself purged from a typing class for bad behavior – an event I regret to this precise moment, since touch-typing is obviously a convenient skill for someone in my profession.
|Commentary - Climate Resilient Agriculture starts with Soil Protection|
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs - 10/16/2013. By Dr. Rattan Lal - The extreme weather and drought the U.S. has experienced in 2012-13 may become a new norm and the impacts of global climate change will be even more severe in certain regions, known as global hotspots, in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South America. These regions are already prone to declining agronomic yields and increased food insecurity due to the adverse effects of climate change.
|Hungry Owl Project: Pest control on the wing|
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/15/2013. By Carey Sweet - The woman on the phone was frantic. She had bought an old farmhouse and discovered a large owl had moved into the attic. At the bottom of its roost was a pile of tiny crushed bones and bits of fur.