|Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yards; Superfund site blamed|
Environmental Health News - 7/28/2014. By Brian Bienkowski - St. Louis, Michigan: Jim Hall was mowing the town’s baseball diamond when he felt a little bump underneath him. “And there it was, a dead robin,” he said. Just last week, he found another one. “Something is going on here,” said Hall, who has lived in this mid-Michigan town of 7,000 for 50 years. Two dead birds may not seem like much. But for this town, it’s a worrisome legacy left behind by a chemical plant-turned-Superfund site.
|Bee research tainted by corporate funding, MPs say|
The Guardian [UK] - 7/28/2014. By Damian Carrington - Criticial future research on the plight of bees risks being tainted by corporate funding, according to a report from MPs published on Monday. Pollinators play a vital role in fertilising three-quarters of all food crops but have declined due to loss of habitat, disease and pesticide use. New scientific research forms a key part of the government’s plan to boost pollinators but will be funded by pesticide manufacturers.
|HVNC accepts award in Pittsburgh|
Boothbay Register - 7/28/2014. By Andy McEvoy - Hidden Valley Nature Center’s cofounders Bambi Jones and Tracy Moskovitz attended the American Tree Farm’s Annual Convention in Pittsburg, Penn., July 17-19. They were there to receive their 2014 North East Regional Outstanding Tree Farm Award. Three other regional winners were also recognized.
|Boom times for garlic in Maine|
Portland Press Herald - 7/27/2014. By Mary Pols - Roberta Bailey and Rob Lemire’s garlic fields at Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro are not visible from the road, but on a hot July day, the smell wafts all the way to their mailbox. That’s the power of approximately 1,000 pounds worth of allium sativum growing in rich Kennebec River soil.