|What farming fish ‘organically’ could mean|
Mid-Missouri Public Radio - 1/22/2015. By Kristofor Husted - When it comes to organic certification, there are strict guidelines for food producers to follow. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture in considering a set of rules for organic farmed fish. The problem is several consumer groups say the recommended rules don’t go far enough to meet the strict standards of other organic foods.
|When it comes to variations in crop yield, climate has a big say|
Science Daily - 1/22/2015. University of Minnesota - What impact will future climate change have on food supply? That depends in part on the extent to which variations in crop yield are attributable to variations in climate. A new report has found that climate variability historically accounts for one-third of yield variability for maize, rice, wheat and soybeans worldwide – the equivalent of 36 million metric tons of food each year.
|GM insecticidal plants have no future – study|
GM Watch - 1/22/2015. The paper below, by Alexander Viktorov, PhD, of the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the Russian Academy of Sciences, shows that GM insecticidal plants such as Bt plants are no more sustainable than chemical insecticides.
|Iowa Farmers Group Asks for Improved Pesticide Drift Protections|
Beyond Pesticides - 1/22/2015. The Iowa Farmers Union filed a petition yesterday with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship for rulemaking to improve pesticide drift incident responses, penalties, and support to farmers harmed by pesticide drift.