|Asian bee-eating hornets spreading rapidly in France|
Treehugger - 8/19/2009.By Matthew McDermott – As if we didn't have enough to worry about with declines in bee populations... Reuters reports that colonies of bee-eating Asian hornets (Vespa veluntina) are spreading rapidly in southwestern France.
|Maine livestock farmers an endangered species|
Kennebec Journal - 8/19/2009.Letter to the Editor by Roger Fortin – Maine farmers are experiencing a gigantic forage crop failure due to continuous soaking rains. Our dairy and beef farmers, in fact, all livestock producers, face feed shortages this year combined with historic low commodity prices.
|Rising rate of obesity endangers health reform|
Kennebec Journal - 8/19/2009.Op-ed By Dr. Wendy Wolf – ... The increasing rate of obesity in children and adults (including the elderly) and the parallel growth in chronic diseases related to obesity including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some forms of cancer deserve as much attention as any other wide-spread epidemic.
|Close to home: gardeners keep it in the family|
Portland Press Herald - 8/19/2009.By Amy Martin – Gardening isn't just in the ground. It's in the blood. Kay Doucette traces her gardening skills back to her mother. "My parents made us work in the garden, and I hated every minute of it, or so I thought," she said. Doucette tied for the first-place Green Thumb award with Jack Doherty last month. The Scarborough Garden Club hosted the annual contest, in which gardens are nominated and judged by a panel of club members.