|Senators urge prison time for maple syrup deception|
Portland Press Herald - 10/25/2011.Washington – Vermonters take their maple syrup seriously. So much so that the state's U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would make it a federal felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, to sell something labeled as maple syrup when it is not.
|Quick and dirty: Congress may rewrite the Farm Bill in two weeks|
Grist - 10/24/2011.By Tom Laskawy – Last month, I wrote that prospects for reforming the Farm Bill were dim. My prior assessment is turning out to be outrageously optimistic. Earlier this week, according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the House and Senate Ag Committees suddenly announced that they would write the entire 2012 Farm Bill in the next two weeks.
|Monsanto sprouting a produce-seed line|
Los Angeles Times - 10/24/2011.By P.J. Huffstutter – Monsanto Co., whose genetically modified corn and soybeans have reshaped America's heartland and rallied a nation of fast-food foes, wants to revolutionize the produce aisle. The agribusiness giant already has quietly stepped into the marketplace with produce grown from its seeds.
|Gorgeous and hardy: the garden of the future?|
Portland Press Herald - 10/23/2011.By Tom Atwell – The Yardscaping demonstration garden has been completed, after 10 years of planning and a bit more than four years after the first plants went in. The garden covers about 2.5 acres between Interstate 295 and Back Cove, just east of the athletic fields that are closer to the parking lot on Preble Street Extension, and it already has won an award.