|Putting obesity out of business|
The Boston Globe - 7/24/2009.By Ellen Goodman – ... Now that two-thirds of Americans are overweight, the lethal effects of fat are catching up to those of cigarette smoke. We regularly hear the cha-ching of obesity costs in the healthcare debate. And we are beginning to see that Overweight America is not some collective collapse of national willpower, but a business plan.
|Chilean salmon industry plunges into an abyss of pesticides and antibiotics|
Grist - 7/24/2009.By Tom Philpott – Ninety percent of the salmon consumed in the United States comes from factory-style farms – most of it imported. Until very recently, our biggest supplier was Chile – whose salmon industry is in a state of collapse, ravaged by a virus called “infectious salmon anemia.”
|Chemical makers go on the offensive in agriculture|
Common Dreams - 7/23/2009.By Ernest Scheyder – The only green shoots the chemical industry has seen lately are coming from the one-time diminutive agricultural side of the business, a shift that has spurred both new partnerships and legal battles to stake out new territory and protect profits.
|Phosphorus matters II; keeping phosphorus on farms|
Energy Bulletin - 7/23/2009.By Marcin Gerwin – “Next to clean water, phosphorus will be one the inexorable limits to human occupancy on this planet” wrote Bill Mollison in Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual more than 20 years ago (1). It is that important that we design phosphorus recycling into our food systems. Phosphorus is an essential element for growing crops and no porridge, chocolate bar or cherry jam can be made without it.