|Secret Merger Plan Created for State Agencies|
Down East - 12/13/2011.by George Smith. The LePage administration has prepared a detailed plan for the governor’s proposed merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Conservation, although it has not been circulated and its existence was a surprise to some key people in those agencies whom I contacted for comments.
|The bugs that ate Monsanto|
Grist - 12/13/2011.By Tom Laskawy – Now that 94 percent of the soy and 70 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. are genetically modified, Monsanto – one of the companies that dominates the GMO seed market – might look to some like it's winning. But if we look a little closer, I'd say they're holding on by a thread.
|Young farmers work to change 2012 Farm Bill|
Grist - 12/13/2011.By Lindsey Lusher Shute – Across the U.S., young people are heeding the call for a more just, sustainable, and healthy food system, and are heading to the fields to build it themselves. They are working on farms and starting their own small-scale farm businesses from scratch. But, as the National Young Farmers' Coalition recently revealed, there are big obstacles getting in the way of these green entrepreneurs.
|How designing smarter farmers’ markets will help our cities survive|
Treehugger - 12/13/2011.By Lloyd Alter – Daniel Carmody, President of the Eastern Market in Detroit, is a passionate speaker, and entranced many of us attending the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference in Buffalo this fall. It seemed, at first, an odd choice of speaker at a conference about old buildings. But in fact, he demonstrated how important the growing and distribution of food can be to the rebirth and revitalization of our cities and towns.