|Maine granola company to be first solar-powered, net-zero facility in New England|
Bangor Daily News - 11/18/2015. By Kathleen Pierce - Hiram: Two rows of gleaming photovoltaic panels outside the former Hiram Elementary School are about to get busy. On Tuesday, the founders of GrandyOats, a growing granola and trail mix company, unveiled the 100 percent solar-powered infrastructure. When the company moves this month from its former site in an old dairy barn in Brownfield to Hiram, GrandyOats will be New England’s first net-zero food facility. Full operation at the new location is expected by the end of the year.
|Farm Confessional: Here’s My Beef with Farmers Who Claim Organic When They Are Not|
Modern Farmer - 11/18/2015. By Brian Barth - Brian Bruno of Apple Ridge Farm produces vegetables, poultry products, pork, and hydroponic lettuce, and operates a wood-fired bakery, all on his 7.2 acre homestead in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. The farm is Certified Naturally Grown, an alternative to USDA Organic certification that relies on farmers to certify their peers, rather than a third-party certification agency. Bruno recently attempted to become certified organic, but found that the rules and record-keeping requirements were at odds with his business model.
|Pesticides stop bumblebees from pollinating apple trees, research shows|
The Guardian [UK] - 11/18/2015. By Damian Carrington - The world’s most widely used insecticides harm the ability of bumblebees to pollinate apple trees, scientists have discovered. The finding has important implications for agriculture and the natural world, say the researchers, as many food crops and wildflowers rely on bee pollination to reproduce.
|New Finding Says Glyphosate (Roundup) not Carcinogenic? Not so Fast|
Beyond Pesticides - 11/18/2015. Last week, the European Union’s (EU) European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) announced its determination that the popular herbicide glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.” This is in direct contrast with findings released earlier this year by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which classified glyphosate a ‘probable carcinogen.’ However, these seemingly conflicting conclusions from these premier scientific agencies are put into perspective by knowing that EFSA’s report is limited in that it reviewed glyphosate alone, unlike IARC which reviewed glyphosate and its formulated products (Monsanto’s Roundup) which are more relevant for evaluating risks to human health.