|Monsanto’s bt cotton kills the soil as well as farmers|
Institute for Science in Society - 2/23/2009.A recent scientific study carried out by Navdanya, compared the soil of fields where Bt-cotton had been planted for 3 years with adjoining fields with non GMO cotton or other crops. The region covered included Nagpur, Amravati and Wardha of Vidharbha which accounts for highest GMO cotton planting in India, and the highest rate of farmers suicides (4000 per year).
|Score one for sustainable food|
Grist - 2/23/2009.By Tim Philpott – Obama taps a real reformer, Kathleen Merrigan, for deputy USDA secretary. Last time a president had the occasion to name a deputy USDA secretary, I had a rhetorical cow, man. Back in 2005, President Bush chose Chuck Conner, a man who had previously worked as a flack for Archer Daniels Midland, for that position. Could Bush have made a more explicit bow to the gods of agribusiness?
|Severe drought adds to hardships in California|
The New York Times - 2/22/2009.By Jesse McKinley – Mendota, Calif. – The country’s biggest agricultural engine, California’s sprawling Central Valley, is being battered by the recession like farmland most everywhere. But in an unlucky strike of nature, the downturn is being deepened by a severe drought that threatens to drive up joblessness, increase food prices and cripple farms and towns.
|Beginning gardeners needn’t worry about botanical names|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/22/2009.By Tom Atwell – Plant professionals are making gardening too complicated, according to Allan Armitage, a professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia and one of the nation's most successful garden writers.