|Scientists Say Supposedly Miraculous Ingredients in Weed Killers Don't Actually Work|
Mother Jones - 7/29/2015. By Tom Philpott - Before pesticides go from the laboratory to the farm field, they have to first be vetted by the Environmental Protection Agency. But they're commonly mixed — sometimes by the pesticide manufacturers, sometimes by the farmers themselves — with substances called adjuvants that boost their effectiveness (to spread more evenly on a plant's leaf in the case of insecticides, or to penetrate a plant's outer layer, allowing herbicides to effectively kill weeds). Despite their ubiquity, adjuvants aren't vetted by the EPA at all; they're considered "inert" ingredients.
|Owning Food: In Search of a Common Good|
Resilience - 7/29/2015. By Sophie Laggan, Sustainable Food Trust - Understanding property rights helps to explain the structural problems in our economic system and how they relate to the management of resources. For a sustainable food system, this knowledge is paramount.
|Bee-harming pesticide firms took part in key meeting on their ban|
The Guardian [UK] - 7/29/2015. By Damian Carrington - The manufacturers of controversial pesticides took part in a key meeting on whether a Europe-wide ban on their chemicals should be lifted in the UK, according to newly published documents. The record of the meeting of the UK government’s expert committee on pesticides (ECP) had previously been suppressed.
|Greenhouse Gas Emissions from US Corn Belt have been Underestimated |
Environmental News Network - 7/29/2015. From: University of Minnesota - Estimates of how much nitrous oxide, a significant greenhouse gas and stratospheric ozone-depleting substance, is being emitted in the central United States have been too low by as much as 40 percent, a new study led by University of Minnesota scientists shows.