|Interviewed: Ken Greene of Hudson Valley Seed Library|
Shareable - 12/20/2014. By Nasimeh Bahrayni-Easton - In 2004, Ken Greene was working as a librarian in Gardiner, New York when he decided to go beyond the bounds of his own personal garden and take his passion for seed saving into a more public, community-based arena. He began the Hudson Valley Seed Library out of the Gardiner Public Library, initially just adding the seed varietals to the library catalog as another item that patrons could "check out."
|The Soil, Silent Ally Against Hunger in Latin America|
Inter Press Service - 12/19/2014. By Marianela Jarroud - Latin America and the Caribbean should use sustainable production techniques to ensure healthy soil, the basic element in agriculture, food production and the fight against hunger.
|Pesticides in your food? Don't worry, says USDA|
Reuters - 12/19/2014. By Carey Gillam - More than half of food tested by the U.S. government last year for pesticide residues showed detectable levels of pesticides, though almost all were within levels the government considers to be safe, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As has been the case with past analyses, the USDA said it did not test this past year for residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide and the world's most widely used herbicide. A USDA spokesman who asked not to be quoted said that the test measures required for glyphosate are "extremely expensive... to do on an regular basis".
|Christmas tree farms a gift for beneficial bugs|
Times-News (North Carolina) - 12/19/2014. By Nathaniel Axtell - A year-long study of Christmas tree farms by a local N.C. State researcher finds that when it comes to pollinators and other beneficial insects, Christmas tree farms keep on giving long after the holiday season is over.