|Is Monsanto Giving Up on GMOs?|
Mother Jones - 1/29/2014. By Tom Philpott - Monsanto's latest Annual R&D Pipeline Review, a document released earlier this month that showcases the company's research into new product lines, foretells all kinds of impressive-sounding stuff. But a surprising amount of the company's new research, even for its most lucrative crops like corn and soy, promise either new iterations of herbicide tolerance and Bt, or rely on classical breeding – not biotechnology.
|Hawaii lawmakers move to block local bans on GMOs, pesticides|
Grist - 1/29/2014. By John Upton - Late last year, the Kauai and Hawaii County councils passed laws restricting the use of pesticides and experimental GMOs on their slices of Hawaiian paradise. But those laws could soon be sunk by state lawmakers.
|Bowdoin Grows Its Organic Gardens, Acquires 19-century Barn|
Bowdoin Daily Sun - 1/28/2014. Bowdoin is planning to create a new organic garden on campus to add to its plots on Coffin Street and Pleasant Hill Road. The new garden, which will be phased in over the next two summers, will provide salad greens and other vegetables to the dining halls. Sara Cawthon, Bowdoin’s organic garden manager, anticipates that the convenient location of the new garden on Harpswell Road will draw in more student volunteers who can pop over to weed or help prepare seeds in between classes.
|Making Pictures, Finding Solutions in Nicaragua|
The New York Times - 1/28/2014. By David Gonzalez - The health crisis Ed Kashi encountered among sugar cane workers in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, last year was stark. Over the course of two weeks he spent in the area, there was a funeral every day for workers who had died of chronic kidney disease. Though he had gone there on a commission for a nongovernmental organization that was helping the workers, he left convinced that he had to continue his documentation on his own.