|Gary Paul Nabhan is hot on the trail of climate change|
The Boston Globe - 6/30/2011.By Aaron Kagan – Patagonia, Arizona: A lesser known symbol of climate change is the chili pepper. In a new book “Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail,’’ Gary Paul Nabhan examines the relationship between food production and global warming through the chili pepper.
|Congress should reward farmers who are good stewards|
Common Dreams - 6/30/2011.By Brenna Norton – In the 1980s and early 1990s, a variety of US Department of Agriculture-supported conservation practices, requirements, and incentives were effective in reversing high levels of soil erosion. In recent years, relatively high soy and corn prices have given farmers incentive to expand planting onto marginal lands. The promise of high profits, and a perverse federal commodity subsidy system that rewards intensive mono-cropping, is just too good to resist.
|Time to end the chemical war against superweeds|
Greenpeace International - 6/30/2011.By Lasse Bruun – Weed killers are used on a massive scale under the unproven assumption that they are safe. Roundup, one of the most common herbicides, is marketed by US agrochemical company Monsanto as “safe” for the environment and for humans – but “deadly for weeds.” Our new report, Herbicide Tolerance and GM Crops paints a very different picture.
|Canada seeks to breed stronger honeybees|
Treehugger - 6/30/2011.By Sami Grover – Many folks believe that the answer to saving the bees lies in either breeding for better genetics and/or encouraging nature and evolution to do the same. One program in Canada is setting out to actively breed better, more resilient bees – and it is enlisting the help of its local beekeepers to do so.