|In the Battle Against Malnutrition, UN Expert Says Junk Food is the Real Culprit|
Civil Eats - 12/6/2016. By Elizabeth Grossman - Hilal Elver is sounding an alarm for the world to hear. Earlier this fall, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food told the United Nations (UN) General Assembly that, despite all the high-profile work being done around the globe to fight hunger and malnutrition, “the world is not on track to reach globally agreed nutrition targets.”
|Beyond Pesticides, Organic Consumers Launch Pesticide Policy Reform Mapping Tool|
Organic Consumers - 12/6/2016. Two national non-profit advocacy groups, Beyond Pesticides and Organic Consumers Association (OCA), today launched the Map of Local Pesticide Reform Policies, a resource for communities and activists that documents pesticide policies adopted by local communities to protect people, pollinators and the environment. The map spotlights over 115 communities in 21 states that have taken local action to protect their communities from the adverse effects of pesticides by substituting a range of alternative tactics, from eliminating highly toxic chemicals to the adoption of organic practices.
|UNH Research Finds Microbial Traits, Not Plants, Determine Abundance of Soil Organic Matter|
University of New Hampshire - 12/5/2016. Healthy soil is rich in organic matter, but scientists have yet to fully understand exactly how that organic matter is formed. Now a team of University of New Hampshire scientists have uncovered evidence that microbial pathways – not plants – are the chief originator of the organic matter found in stable soil carbon pools.