|Indoor urban farms called wasteful, 'pie in the sky'|
Cornell Chronicle Online - 11/24/2015. By Stacey Shackford - It seems a sensible solution to urban space constraints and a desire for increased local food production: transform abandoned warehouses into indoor farms, or construct purpose-built vertical food factories. But Louis Albright, an emeritus professor of biological and environmental engineering who helped pioneer controlled-environment agriculture, warns that these "high in the sky" proposals intended to reduce food miles and rejuvenate communities may prove to be "pie in the sky" concepts with detrimental impacts on the environment.
|Don’t Let The DARK Act Sneak Through Congress|
Environmental Working Group - 11/23/2015. By Mary Elle Kustin - Some lawmakers are trying to slip the darkest part of the DARK Act onto the must-pass spending bill Congress will consider. Such a move is aimed at Vermont, Alaska, Connecticut, and Maine, which have passed state laws requiring genetically engineered, or “GMO,” food to be labeled. The DARK Act provision would prevent those states from implementing their GMO labeling statutes, starting with Vermont, whose law is scheduled to go into effect July 2016.
|Agriculture Linked to DNA Changes in Ancient Europe|
The New York Times - 11/23/2015. By Carl Zimmer - The agricultural revolution was one of the most profound events in human history, leading to the rise of modern civilization. Now, in the first study of its kind, an international team of scientists has found that after agriculture arrived in Europe 8,500 years ago, people’s DNA underwent widespread changes, altering their height, digestion, immune system and skin color.