|New Monsanto Spray Kills Bugs by Messing With Their Genes|
Mother Jones - 8/19/2015. By Tom Philpott - In MIT Technology Review, Antonio Regalado examines the genetically modified seed industry's latest blockbuster app in development – one that has nothing to do with seeds. Instead, it involves the industry's other bread-and-butter product: pesticide sprays. The novel sprays in question are powered by a genetic technology called RNA interference, which promises to kill specific insects and weeds by silencing genes crucial to their survival, while leaving nontarget species unscathed.
|What Is Killing America's Bees and What Does It Mean for Us?|
Rolling Stone - 8/18/2015. By Alex Morris - There was a moment last year when beekeeper Jim Doan was ready to concede defeat. He stood in the kitchen of his rural New York home, holding the phone to his ear. Through the window, he could see the frigid January evening settling on the 112-acre farm he'd just been forced to sell two weeks earlier. On the other end of the line, his wife's voice was matter-of-fact: "Jimmy, I just want to say I'm sorry, but the bees are dead."