|Family Farms Turn To Pizza For Fast Cash And Customers|
Maine Public Broadcasting - 8/19/2015. By Zoe Sullivan - Across the U.S., small farmers have been struggling for years with low commodity prices and rising production costs. Even for organic farmers, who can justify higher prices, making a profit is tough.
|Maine Farm Bureau names new executive director|
Bangor Daily News - 8/19/2015. By David Bright - Alicyn N. Ryan, holder of a Doctor of Plant Medicine degree from the University of Florida, has been named executive director of Maine Farm Bureau. She succeeds long-time Maine Farm Bureau Executive Secretary Jon Olson, who retired at the end of June.
|A Franken-Sized Salmon?|
Food & Water Watch - 8/19/2015. By Tim Schwab - Beyond being designed and engineered by humans and created in a laboratory, GMO salmon and Frankenstein’s monster may also share another defining feature – larger-than-normal proportions. AquaBounty Technologies, the company behind GMO salmon, has always insisted that its fish grow much faster than normal Atlantic salmon – but not larger. But, according to a recently released scientific review from the Canadian government, AquaBounty doesn’t have a shred of evidence supporting this claim.
|Honey bees rapidly evolve to overcome new disease|
Science Daily - 8/19/2015. Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology - An international research team has some good news for the struggling honeybee, and the millions of people who depend on them to pollinate crops and other plants. These valuable pollinators have faced widespread colony losses over the past decade, largely due to the spread of a predatory mite called Varroa destructor. But the bees might not be in as dire a state as it seems, according to research.