|A low-tech treatment for bee plague|
The New York Times - 1/27/2009.As I climbed the final slope, I could see that two of the hilltop hives were already thrumming with activity: bees lifted off from the entry holes, catching the light and rising like sparks on a wind; and bees spiraled in for a landing, returning already from their first outings. The third hive, however, was conspicuously quiet — its entrance a small dark hole offering no sign of life. Colony Collapse, I thought: The bee plague.
|$40,000 grant to benefit grain project|
Bangor Daily News - 1/27/2009.SKOWHEGAN, Maine - A $40,000 grant will help a local group expand local grain production, building on a gristmill plan already in action with the recent purchase of the former Somerset County Jail. Heart of Maine Resource Conservation and Development in Bangor, and the Kneading Conference in the Skowhegan area have been awarded the grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation.
|EPA releases new report on toxins in sewage sludge|
Organic Consumers - 1/26/2009.What's the downside to clean water? Dirty sludge. A nationwide survey of sewage treatment plants shows that the sludge they produce – the residue from cleaning up wastewater – contains a wide variety of toxic metals, pharmaceuticals, flame retardants, and other compounds, including some antibiotics in surprisingly high concentrations.