|A merger in name only|
Bangor Daily News - 9/28/2012. By George Smith, George’s Outdoor News – Maine’s Department of Agriculture merged with the Department of Conservation on August 30, a date established in law by the legislature and governor. But the only thing merged was the name. It’s now the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. No one moved. No programs merged. No money was saved.
|50 years after ‘Silent Spring’ we have ignored Rachel Carson’s findings to our peril|
Washington Spectator - 9/27/2012. By Joseph J. Mangano and Janette D. Sherman – Fifty years ago, a Johns Hopkins–educated zoologist did something that few at the time thought was possible. With the publication of one book, she started a national debate about the universally accepted use of synthetic pesticides, the irresponsibility of science, and the limits of technological promise.
|USDA Oks tofu as a meat substitute in school lunches|
Grist - 9/27/2012. By Philip Bump – School lunches can now offer tofu as a “meat alternate,” thanks to a little-noticed announcement from the Department of Agriculture in January. If you’re looking for it in the government code, it’s at “7 C.F.R. 210.10(c)(2)(i)(D) of the regulatory text for the NSLP,” so just flip on over to that sub-sub-sub-sub-subsection.
|Fires in the field|
The Contrary Farmer - 9/27/2012. By Gene Logsdon – If you want to see the landscape of hell painted prettily on a farmland horizon, watch a field of corn on fire. It is hellish enough, in my view, to see corn fields stretching away in every direction from sea to shining sea with no houses, barns, trees, fences, grazing animals or any other sign of human habitation in sight. But when a curtain of fire is rushing across this land of the free and home of the brave, the effect is terrifying.