|Mexico goes back to the land|
The Guardian [UK] - 2/14/2011.By Gustavo Esteva – This is grim news: food prices are reaching record levels worldwide. The thousands of farmers who have killed themselves over the past decade seem to have no precedent. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation's director, the goal to reduce the number of hungry people by half will only be achieved in 2050.
|Kid-Safe law under attack|
Bangor Daily News - 2/14/2011.By Hannah Pingree – In the spring of 2009, The Washington Post uncovered details of a brainstorming meeting of “industry insiders” at a Washington, D.C., club about how to best tamp down public concern over the chemical bisphenol-A, known as BPA. The insiders were particularly concerned about mothers, who were becoming more and more aware of the dangers of BPA.
|Looking for a new blueberry? Think pink|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/13/2011.By Tom Atwell – Nancy and I have been putting together our orders for spring planting this year. Some of the items we are trying are just for curiosity. One of the big curiosity plants is "Pink Lemonade" blueberry, which showed up for the first time in a number of catalogs.
|Animal welfare debate fires up in Germany|
Treehugger - 2/13/2011.By Christine Lepisto – The question of animal welfare shot straight into consumer awareness with the recent dioxin-contaminated egg scandal in Germany. Now, Germany's Agricultural Minister, Ilse Aigner, has proposed no less than an end to practices such as caging of laying chickens, branding of horses and cattle, and castration of piglets without anesthesia.