|UNH Researcher Receives Grant to Study Effects of Pesticide Treatments on Weeds|
University of New Hampshire - 8/7/2017. By Lori Wright - A researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire has received a federal grant to determine if pesticide seed treatments inadvertently protect weed seeds in the soil from being attacked by naturally occurring invertebrate and fungal species.
|The Nitrogen Problem: Why Global Warming Is Making It Worse|
Yale Environment 360 - 8/7/2017. By Richard Conniff - It is a painful lesson of our time that the things we depend on to make our lives more comfortable can also kill us. Our addiction to fossils fuels is the obvious example, as we come to terms with the slow motion catastrophe of climate change. But we are addicted to nitrogen, too, in the fertilizers that feed us, and it now appears that the combination of climate change and nitrogen pollution is multiplying the possibilities for wrecking the world around us.
|There’s trouble in the wild blueberry business|
Portland Press Herald - 8/6/2017. By Mary Pols - Nancy McBrady, the executive director of the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, stood in the kitchen at Fork Food Lab in Portland watching chefs from national restaurant chains (such as Applebee’s) and food service corporate kitchens (such as Sysco) compete to make the best dish from a box full of Maine ingredients. The star was wild blueberries, both fresh and frozen, and all around the commercial kitchen, 10 chefs were pureeing, sauteeing and garnishing with Maine’s tiny native berry.
|Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts|
Reuters - 8/6/2017. By Sharon Bernstein - Weaverville, Calif. - Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.