|Norway Devotes Big Bucks To Crop Diversity|
Environmental News Network - 9/27/2013. By Sophie Wenzlau, Worldwatch Institute - Earlier this week, the government of Norway pledged US$23.7 million to conserve and sustainably manage some of the world's most important food crops, citing the critical need for crop diversity at a time when populations are soaring and climate change is threatening staples like rice and maize.
|Prions – in plants? New concern for chronic wasting disease|
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism - 9/27/2013. By Ron Seely - Prions – the infectious, deformed proteins that cause chronic wasting disease in deer – can be taken up by plants such as alfalfa, corn and tomatoes, according to new research from the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison.
|Cantaloupe Farmers Arrested – Will There Be Others?|
Las Vegas Guardian Express - 9/27/2013. By Lisa Nance - In 2011, the most lethal outbreak of food poisoning this nation has ever seen happened after cases of cantaloupe shipped from a Colorado farm were eaten. The cantaloupes harbored the deadly bacteria, listeria, hospitalizing 147 people and killing 33. Cantaloupe farmers, Eric and Ryan Jensen, are being held responsible for the outbreak and have been arrested. But, as details of the crime begin to appear it begs the question of whether our food supply is safe and will there be others arrested for similar offenses.
|Safety of New Pesticide Technology Is Under Review|
Roll Call - 9/27/2013. By Philip Brashe - The agency said it “recognizes the need to better understand the scientific issues concerning the assessment of the risks to human health and the environment that RNAi technologies may pose before any regulatory decisions concerning these products can be made.”