|The dying art of making ash wood baskets|
Bangor Daily News - 1/19/2012.By Kathryn Olmstead – When Roldena Sanipass was a girl she watched her mother weave strips of brown ash into traditional Micmac baskets. She could be seen in the background, pounding ash or cleaning splints while her mother, well-known basket maker Mary Sanipass, demonstrated her craft, but she didn’t have the confidence to weave one herself until she was 20.
|A chef and an architect farm organically in Maine|
The Boston Globe - 1/18/2012.By John Golden – Bowdoinham: The 8-acre Fishbowl Farm here overlooks the banks of picturesque Merrymeeting Bay, with farmland that has some of the richest, most nutrient-packed soil in Maine. Owners Gallit and Chris Cavendish have been farming for less than a decade. She came from a promising career as a professional chef. He left architecture.
|Scientists estimate up to 6.7 million bats dead from disease|
Treehugger - 1/18/2012.By David DeFranza – As many as 1 million bats, it was believed, had been killed by white nose syndrome – a mysterious fungus that attacks hibernating bats. However, this estimate, based on data collected in 2009, has proven to be dramatically lower than reality. According to a new study, as many as 6.7 million bats in North America have died due to the white nose outbreak.
|Resolving the food crisis: assessing global policy reforms since 2007|
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 1/18/2012.By Sophia Murphy – The recent spikes in global food-prices in 2007-08 served as a wake-up call to the global community on the inadequacies of our global food system. Commodity prices doubled, the estimated number of hungry people topped one billion and food riots spread through the developing world. A second price spike in 2010-11, which is expected to drive the global food import bill for 2011 to an astonishing $1.3 trillion, only deepened the sense that the policies and principles guiding agricultural development and food security were deeply flawed.