|The context of USDA’s GE sugar beet decision|
Seed Broadcast - 8/7/2012. By Kristina Hubbard – You’ve probably heard that USDA recently deregulated Roundup Ready sugar beets following a court-ordered Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Organic Seed Alliance has written before about the threat this genetically engineered (GE) trait poses to the integrity of organic and other non-GE crops.
|State expects to investigate use of pesticide on Messalonkee Lake dam|
Kennebec Journal - 8/7/2012. By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling – Oakland: The state's pesticides control board is expected to launch an investigation today into the spraying of a weedkiller on a dam on Messalonskee Lake. Ed Pearl, a former director of Friends of Messalonskee Lake, said that he was driving past the dam on the north end of the lake Friday afternoon when he saw a man spraying a liquid in a blue tank sprayer on weeds growing out of the dam's boards.
|Cut back on corn for ethanol, not conservation|
Kennebec Journal - 8/7/2012. Washington Post op-ed – Congress' response to the drought afflicting the farm belt gets curiouser and curiouser. By now it's clear that the main impact is on the corn crop, about 40 percent of which usually goes to feed cows, pigs and chickens. As supply shrinks, prices spike, and producers of meat and poultry get hit. The House of Representatives has responded with $383 million in aid to cattle producers, paid for by cutting back soil conservation programs.