Bon Appetit - 3/28/2013. At the market, look for sturdy stems showing a solid interior when cut. The all-red varieties, grown mostly in hothouses and sold in supermarkets, are milder than the robust green-and-red field-grown kind. Rhubarb couldn't be easier to grow, so why not plant a crown or two?
|Mystery Malady Kills More Bees, Heightening Worry on Farms|
The New York Times - 3/28/2013. By Michael Wines: Bakersfield, Calif. - A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to have expanded drastically in the last year, commercial beekeepers say, wiping out 40 percent or even 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of the nation’s fruits and vegetables.
|Pesticide makers propose plan to help bees|
The Guardian [UK] - 3/28/2013. Reuters - Syngenta and Bayer, top producers of the pesticides blamed for a sharp fall in bee populations around the world, have proposed a plan to support bee health to try to forestall a European Union ban on the products.
|Organic 101: Almost 25,000 Certified Operations at Your Fingertips|
USDA - 3/28/2013. By Miles McEvoy - Last week the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) published the 2012 list of certified organic operations. Our online database now provides information on 17,750 certified USDA organic farms and processing facilities in the United States. That’s almost a 240 percent increase since the NOP began tracking this data in 2002.