|Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil|
The New York Times - 3/9/2015. By Erica Goode - Fort Worth: Gabe Brown is in such demand as a speaker that for every invitation he accepts, he turns down 10 more. He is talking about farming, specifically soil-conservation farming, a movement that promotes leaving fields untilled, "green manures" and other soil-enhancing methods with an almost evangelistic fervor. Such farming methods, which mimic the biology of virgin land, can revive degenerated earth, minimize erosion, encourage plant growth and increase farmers’ profits, their proponents say.
|Maple sugaring season set to flow this week|
CentralMaine.com - 3/9/2015. Sap from Maine’s sugar maple trees could start to run by midweek, kicking off the sugaring season. After a cold winter, there is a perception that the season is starting late. But Kathy Hopkins, an educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, said that may be based on the early seasons that maple syrup producers have enjoyed over the past few years.
|The Roots of Your Health: the Science of Soil|
Resilience - 3/9/2015. By Lynda Brown, Sustainable Food Trust - Earlier this year, US soil microbiologist Elaine Ingham, of Soil Foodweb Inc. fame, caused several gasps at the Oxford Real Farming Conference with her controversial lecture, ‘The Roots of your Profits’. Ingham’s message is that if you are interested in health, you have to be interested in soil.
|A new theory for why the bees are vanishing|
Vox - 3/9/2015. By Brad Plummer - Honeybees and wild bees alike are mysteriously dying off all over the world. And scientists have long struggled to pinpoint why, exactly, that is. But the best explanation may be that it's not just one thing hurting the bees – it's lots of different things working together, often in unexpected ways.