|Disturbing New Evidence About What Common Pesticides Can Do to Brains|
Mother Jones - 4/13/2016. By Tom Philpott - For defense against the fungal pathogens that attack crops – think the blight that bedeviled Irish potato fields in the 19th century – farmers turn to fungicides. They're widely sprayed on fruit, vegetable, and nut crops, and in the past decade, they've become quite common in the corn and soybean fields. But as the use of fungicides has ramped up in recent years, some scientists are starting to wonder: What are these chemicals doing to the ecosystems they touch, and to us?
|Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015|
The New York Times - 4/13/2016. By Andrew Pollack - The world’s farmers have increased their use of genetically modified crops steadily and sharply since the technology became broadly commercialized in 1996. Not anymore. In 2015, for the first time, the acreage used for the crops declined, according to a nonprofit that tracks the plantings of biotech seeds.
|From fight club to food club in Portland|
Bangor Daily News - 4/12/2016. By Kathleen Pierce - At first glance it looks decrepit. The windows are boarded up, the floors uneven. Holes here and there are pitfalls for twisted ankles.