|Why insect pests love monocultures, and how plant diversity could change that|
Science Daily - 10/12/2016. University of California, Davis - Left to its own defenses, a farm field growing a variety of plants tends to attract fewer insect pests than a field growing just one type of crop. While scientists and farmers have noted that difference for years, the reasons behind it have been poorly understood. A new study explains that much of it may have to do with the nutritional needs of insects. Returning plant diversity to farmland could be a key step toward sustainable pest control.
|Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It|
The New York Times - 10/10/2016. By Anahad O’Connor - The beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have given millions of dollars to nearly 100 prominent health groups in recent years, while simultaneously spending millions to defeat public health legislation that would reduce Americans’ soda intake, according to public health researchers.