|Monsanto defeated? That's what the Syngenta merger shows us|
The Ecologist - 1/27/2016. Monsanto has acquired a commanding role in the biotech, seed and agro-chemical industries, writes Carmelo Ruiz. So why is the company desperate to merge with its rival Syngenta? The truth is the company is in deep trouble, as its top-selling Roundup herbicide runs out of steam, and its rivals combine to challenge its dominance.
|Corn Ethanol Deadlier Than VW Emissions Scam|
Environmental Working Group - 1/27/2016. By Emily Cassidy - Volkswagen could be fined up to $90 billion for violating the federal Clean Air Act by jerry-rigging diesel engines to burn cleaner on emissions tests. The added air pollution will cause up to 60 premature deaths of Americans a year. Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, points out that the government's mandate to blend corn ethanol into gasoline also increases emissions of NOx and other hazardous pollutants. A 2010 study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that the added emissions from the corn ethanol mandate “are anticipated to lead to up to 245 cases of adult premature mortality.”
|Our Opinion: No reason Maine should rush ahead on GMO labeling|
CentralMaine.com - 1/26/2016. By the Editorial Board - Maine got it right two years ago when the Legislature passed a law requiring labels for food products that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as soon as New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut do the same.
|Land Trusts Aid Beginning Farmers in Land Procurement|
Resilience - 1/26/2016. By A.J. Hughes, Yardfarmers - The average age of American farmers is 58.3 years, and new farmers are needed to carry the torch. One of the biggest barriers to beginning farmers is access to land. But obstacles are meant to be overcome, and land trusts provide an effective way to preserve farmland while blazing a pathway for retiring farmers to pass their land on to others.