|GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health|
The New England Journal of Medicine - 8/20/2015. By Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. - Two recent developments are dramatically changing the GMO landscape. First, there have been sharp increases in the amounts and numbers of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops, and still further increases – the largest in a generation – are scheduled to occur in the next few years. Second, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified glyphosate, the herbicide most widely used on GM crops, as a “probable human carcinogen” and classified a second herbicide, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), as a “possible human carcinogen.”
|Schooner Loaded with 11 Tons of Local Food to Set Sail for Boston|
The Free Press - 8/20/2015. By Andy O’Brien - It’s been about a hundred years since cargo schooners sailed the waters of Penobscot Bay with any regularity, but this Sunday, August 23, the two-masted Harvey Gamage will set off from the Fox Islands Thorofare at North Haven, loaded up with a ton of locally produced food.
|Healthy Soil, Organic Methods Transfer Carbon from Atmosphere to Soil|
Organic Farming Research Foundation - 8/20/2015. Agricultural soils could absorb enough atmospheric carbon to reduce the threat of catastrophic climate change, but only if farmers and ranchers worldwide abandon damaging practices and work to restore soil health, researchers say.
|There Might Be Fracking Wastewater on Your Organic Fruits and Veggies|
Mother Jones - 8/20/2015. By Josh Harkinson - The US Department of Agriculture's organics standards, written 15 years ago, strictly ban petroleum-derived fertilizers commonly used in conventional agriculture. But the same rules do not prohibit farmers from irrigating their crops with petroleum-laced wastewater obtained from oil and gas wells – a practice that is increasingly common in drought-stricken Southern California.