|Will the farm bill prop up doomed crops in this extreme climate?|
Grist - 7/11/2012. By Tom Laskawy – Things are looking bleak for corn farmers in the Midwest. Drought conditions and above-average temperatures are likely to continue for some time and now even soybeans – corn’s sister commodity – are succumbing to the weather. The economic implications for the entire Midwest – and not just farmers – are dire.
|Bt toxicity confirmed: flawed studies exposed|
Institute for Science in Society - 7/11/2012. By Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji – A new study confirms that the Cry1Ab Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin present in genetically modified (GM) crops kills the larvae of the two-spotted ladybird (Adalia bipunctata L.), a species that GM supporters claim to be unaffected by the toxin. The study raises questions regarding the integrity of previous work published by GM proponents, whose experimental protocols were re-tested and shown to lack the scientific rigour required to pick up signs of toxicity even in target insects that the pesticide is designed to kill.
|Record US drought causes corn shortage, price hikes|
Common Dreams - 7/11/2012. Due to extreme drought conditions and record heat waves across the country, corn yields are projected to be the lowest in nearly a decade, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The statistics have also sparked concern over food prices in the near future.
|How your chicken dinner is creating a drug-resistant superbug|
The Atlantic - 7/11/2012. By Maryn McKenna – Adrienne LeBeouf recognized the symptoms when they started. The burning and the urge to head to the bathroom signaled a urinary tract infection, a painful but everyday annoyance that afflicts up to 8 million U.S. women a year. That was two years ago, and LeBeouf has suffered recurring bouts of cystitis ever since. She is one of a growing number of women, and some men, who have unknowingly become infected with antibiotic-resistant versions of E. coli, the ubiquitous intestinal bacterium that is the usual cause of UTIs.