|Tick-born diseases may spread faster with global warming|
Treehugger - 12/31/2008.While some studies say global warming is not to blame for an upswing in tick-borne disease occurances, a new experiment shows that warmer temperatures are indeed a problem when it comes to ticks turning towards humans for lunch.
|Organics important for well-being of animals|
Portland Press Herald - 12/31/2008.The organic bandwagon had been cruising several years before my sister and I hopped aboard. "I don't want all those pesticides in my body," complained my 17-year-old sister one day. "They could give me cancer." Perhaps so, but carcinophobia wasn't why I ate organic.
|Mead: a now kind of drink|
Portland Press Herald - 12/31/2008.A local duo's modern take on the ancient beverage is a surprisingly dry white wine made from Maine honey. Maine Mead Works moved into an industrial space on Anderson Street in November 2007, but the sleek-looking bottles of its signature HoneyMaker Mead did not start hitting local store shelves until the week before Thanksgiving.
|California organic ag’s fertilizer-gate|
Grist - 12/29/2008.California regulators delayed action while fertilizer company duped organic farmers. For years, a California organic-input company was passing off synthetic fertilizer as organic and selling it widely to the state's organic farms (including nationally distributed giants like Earthbound Farms).