|Neonicotinoid pesticides cause harm to honeybees|
Science Daily - 6/24/2016. Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz - One possible cause of the alarming bee mortality we are witnessing is the use of the very active systemic insecticides called neonicotinoids. Researchers have discovered that neonicotinoids in low and field-relevant concentrations reduce the concentration of acetylcholine in the royal jelly/larval food secreted by nurse bees.
|Conventional breeding outpaces biotech efforts to produce nutrient-efficient crops|
GM Watch - 6/24/2016. An article in Nature entitled ‘The Race to Create Super-Crops’ discusses the global race to develop crops that grow well in soils depleted of nutrients, reports the Third World Network. Conventional crop-breeding techniques that rely on examining plants' physical characteristics and then selecting for desirable traits, such as growth or the length of fine roots, appear to be outpacing the high-tech route of genetic engineering.
|The Cosmos, the Earth, and Your Stomach: The Story of Soil|
Resilience - 6/24/2016. By Toby Hemenway, Pattern Literacy - “Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough, and I will move the world.” With these words, the ancient Greek philosopher Archimedes taught us the power of leverage points. It’s a key concept in permaculture design, too. When we deeply understand the system we’re working with – be it a garden, a business, a community, or even a personal relationship – we can spot the places where a small, perfectly located nudge will beget a large response.