|New generation: Growing up reading Rachel Carson, scientists unravel risks of new pesticides|
Environmental Health News - 9/25/2014. By Alanna Mitchell - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Christy Morrissey is driving her white pickup truck along the endless prairie highway, windows open, listening for birds. She points to the scatter of ponds glinting in the landscape, nestled among fields of canola that stretch as far as the eye can see. An ecotoxicologist at the University of Saskatchewan, she knows that nearly every pond is laced with neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used insecticides, deadly to insects at a minute dose of a few parts per trillion.
|The Science is Still Out on GMO Moths|
Food & Water Watch - 9/25/2014. By Genna Reed - The USDA has made available for comment, the environmental assessment of the field trial of the genetically engineered diamondback moth, cooked up in a lab to supposedly protect cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and their kin from pesky invaders.
|Invasive plant beats ‘weapons’ but not goats|
Futurity - 9/25/2014. By Tim Lucas - Phragmites australis, or the common reed, is a rapid colonizer that has overrun many coastal wetlands from New England to the Southeast. Land managers traditionally have used chemical herbicides to slow phragmites’ spread but with only limited and temporary success. Now, field experiments have identified a more sustainable, low-cost alternative: goats.