|Using Microscopic Bugs to Save the Bees|
Environmental News Network - 10/27/2014. Brigham Young University – Treating Foulbrood is complicated because the disease can evolve to resist antibiotics and other chemical treatments. Losing entire hives not only disrupts the honey industry, but reduces the number of bees for pollinating plants. Now an undergraduate student at BYU, funded by ORCA grants, has produced a natural way to eliminate the scourge, and it’s working: Using tiny killer bugs known as phages to protect baby bees from infection.
|EPA Adds 23 Chemicals, Including BPA, to Key List for Scrutiny, Possible Action|
Bloomberg BNA - 10/27/2014. By Pat Rizzuto, Chemical Regulation Reporter - The Environmental Protection Agency has added 23 chemicals – including bisphenol A (BPA), seven phthalates and two flame retardants – to a key list of chemicals that will have particular uses carefully scrutinized for possible regulation or other controls.
|Local Food for the Military|
The New York Times - 10/26/2014. Op-Ed by Eva M. Clayton - Littleton, N.C. – In big cities and small towns around the United States, people are embracing local agriculture, flocking to farmers’ markets and flocking to “locavore” restaurants, reaping a wide range of nutritional, environmental and economic benefits. Yet one segment of the population is largely missing out on this bounty: the millions of members of the American military and their families.
|Stalking the wild apples: find an “heirloom” in your backyard|
Bangor Daily News - 10/26/2014. By Kate Cone - I’m still in the throes of writing the beer book and I know I should be starting at five in the morning and not getting up from my desk til five in the evening. But it’s just in my nature to get fascinated by some other topic. And that topic is Maine heirloom apples. Whose fault is it?