|Honey laundering: tainted and counterfeit Chinese honey floods into the US|
Grist - 8/18/2011.By Tom Laskawy – If it's possible to write a blockbuster story about honey, Food Safety News has done it: "A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities."
|Politics, farmers and change: the end of rural America|
Huffington Post - 8/17/2011.By Dave Murphy – This week President Obama returned to Iowa, where he launched his successful bid to the White House, to speak about "jobs and economic security" in rural America. For farmers and rural advocates this tour is really about something much larger than electioneering or a new jobs program, it's about the survival of rural America.
|379 years later, time for some new farming blood|
Kennebec Journal - 8/16/2011.By Kathy McCormack – Dover, N.H.: It's a good season for the beloved sweet corn on the 379-year-old Tuttle Farm. It also looks good for the crops that weren't there a year ago, produced by a group of visiting young farmers – eggplant, peppers, pumpkins and sunflowers.
|Wet summer could spell potato blight|
Kennebec Journal - 8/16/2011.AP – Exeter: Maine potato farmers could be facing potato blight because of the wet summer. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association says three farms along the state's central coast have "suspicious" crops. In a new report, the group said heavy rain could mean trouble for potato farmers in Aroostook County and the central coast.