|'Yes We Can' Create a Sane Food Policy in the US|
Common Dreams - 12/6/2008.Two extensive reports released in April indicate that our current method of devising food policy is broken and that the current system is doing tremendous harm in many areas, including those that are of particular interest to President-elect Obama: human health, the environment, and global poverty.
|The Price is Right?|
Bangor Daily News - 12/6/2008.The price paid for wild blueberries this year has dropped about 40 percent, according to some growers, and blueberry experts are blaming a bumper crop and a poor economy. This year’s crop is estimated to be 90 million pounds, compared with an average of 75 million pounds. Final harvest and price figures will not be available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture until mid-January.
|It’s in the Cran ...|
Bangor Daily News - 12/6/2008.Vivian Chi Hua Wu, a University of Maine assistant professor of food science and human nutrition who is one of the world’s foremost cranberry researchers, believes the cranberry is a kind of superfood with the power to fight food poisoning and improve food safety. (Bangor Daily News photo by Kate Collins)
|O Christmas tree, how natural are thy branches? Are Christmas trees really ever green?|
Grist - 12/5/2008."Can you decorate your Fraser fir without getting pesticide residue in your lungs and on your skin?" Sure, if the tree is certified organic by the Department of Agriculture. Or if it is a Certified Naturally Grown tree, which meets the same basic requirements: it was raised without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, using sustainable methods like composting and erosion control.