|Buzzkill: EPA rejects beekeepers’ pesticide petition|
Grist - 7/24/2012. By Claire Thompson – Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected a petition that beekeepers and environmental groups filed back in March asking EPA to stop sales of clothianidin, a pesticide believed to be harmful to bees. EPA said use of the chemical does not present an “imminent hazard.”
|Continuing drought, heat bring fear of global food crisis|
Common Dreams - 7/19/2012. The continuing drought and record heat leaving parched crops in their wake have pushed corn and soy prices to historic highs as farmers and analysts suggest the consequences could be widespread and include spikes in global food prices.
|How droughts will reshape the United States|
The Washington Post - 7/18/2012. By Brad Plumer – More than half of the continental United States is currently suffering through the worst drought in 50 years, with heat and a lack of rain rippling through the middle of the country. Crops are wilting, soils are cracked, and some dried-out forests are catching fire. U.S. corn production in particular is dwindling.
|Federal chemical safety system needs a complete overhaul|
Kennebec Journal - 7/17/2012. Op-ed by Russell Libby – Eighteen months ago, I was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer – kidney and prostate – and I've been in a continuous medical cycle since. Generally, the doctors don't want to talk about the root causes of the diseases. I've eaten a healthy diet for decades, worked outdoors on my farm and kept in reasonably good shape. So what it is that triggered cancer in me, and not in the next person?