|Business gets zesty for Maine spice merchants|
Portland Press Herald - 12/21/2011.By Meredith Goad – Dresden: Mulling spices are hot this time of year. Poultry and apple pie seasonings are popular too. But the biggest seller at Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants this holiday season is Saigon cinnamon, a variety that is stronger and sweeter because of its higher oil content.
|oh, SNAP! Grow gardens with food stamps|
Grist - 12/20/2011.By Claire Thompson – A few years ago, back when she still had a job in the natural-foods industry, "my kids only got the best in terms of food," said Corbyn Hightower, a mother of three who now lives outside Sacramento. Then, she said, "we lost everything, and we really started having to compromise."
|Stray showers of mercury getting into food chain|
The Guardian [UK] - 12/18/2011.Earth is being showered with mercury that can land anywhere and enter the food chain, a study has shown. The poisonous metal is released as a vapour by burning fuel then falls back to Earth and is easily absorbed by the aquatic ecosystem. Thousands of tonnes of mercury vapour are pumped into the air each year.
|Climate change may modify half earth’s plants|
Cosmos - 12/16/2011.Pasadena – By 2100, global climate change will modify plant communities covering almost half of Earth's land surface. Climate change will also drive the conversion of nearly 40% of land-based ecosystems from one major ecological community type – such as forest, grassland or tundra – toward another, according to a new NASA and university computer modelling study.