|Grain trust: annual conference secures future for bread in Maine|
Bangor Daily News - 7/29/2009.By Emily Burnham – The American culinary giant James Beard called bread the “most fundamentally satisfying of all foods.” This weekend in Skowhegan, there will be a lot of very satisfied eaters – and bakers, farmers and millers – at the third annual Kneading Conference, July 30-Aug. 1 at Tewksbury Hall.
|Maine’s wild blueberry crop imperiled by leaf spot fungus|
Bangor Daily News - 7/28/2009.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Trescott, Maine: With fog swirling around her, Seanna Annis, a blueberry pathologist at the University of Maine, scanned the low bushes along a gravel road through the blueberry fields Sunday evening. She stopped, brought out a magnifying lens and pinched a leaf from a plant. “Yes,” she said, seconds after examining the spotted leaf. With that, the farmer knew his field was lost. Even though the plants are lush with fat blueberries just days from harvest, they must be burned.
|Northeast Tomatoes Lost, and Potatoes May Follow|
The New York Times - 7/28/2009.By Julia Moskin – Ripe local tomatoes, keenly anticipated by growers and cooks, will be missing from many markets, farm stands and farm shares this summer. Although there are no official estimates yet on crop loss, a severe outbreak of late blight fungus in tomatoes, first noted in June, is sweeping through farms and gardens in the Northeast. John Mishanec, an educator with the integrated pest management program at Cornell University, compared the highly contagious and incurable disease to a “nuclear explosion” in the region’s tomato crop. “And unless the weather changes, it’s going to get worse,” he said.
|Guess who’s controlling our food supply?|
Common Dreams - 7/27/2009.By Rob Smart – I have a difficult time accepting genetically modified (GM) foods at face value. My primary concerns have to do with what we know, and, more importantly don’t know about how this “promising” technology may or may not be impacting human health and our environment.