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January 23, 2015

 

graeme and ellen mckay packing seeds

MLK Day Service Projects, Burns Supper, Beef Checkoff

A day on, not a day off, for local food organizations. Haggis and mashed rutabaga for Burns Supper. And, ranchers get critical of federal beef checkoff program.

January 5, 2015

 

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Ag Industry At Odds Over Pesticide Studied In Bee Deaths

After studying 64 test plots of soybeans, the EPA did not see a significant difference in yields between plants treated with neonics and those without.

January 5, 2015

 

farming working in a field of greens

No Organic Certification? No Problem.

Living Roots grows food organically, but since they are not USDA certified, Michael Hicks has to come up with other ways to describe their growing practices.

November 26, 2014

 

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Crop Dusting Pilots Navigate Dangerous Airspace

According to the National Agricultural Aviation Association, 18 to 20 percent of commercial cropland receives some sort of aerial application.

July 25, 2014

 

Palmer Amaranth

Farmers Struggle Against Chemical-Resistant Weeds

At least 28 states have confirmed the presence of Palmer amaranth. And many are struggling with strains resistant to common herbicides.

June 3, 2014

 

beekeeper with hives

Is Corn Dust Killing Bees?

Farmers have used insecticides on their crops for decades, so many farmers are skeptical that these seed coatings are now killing bees.

May 27, 2014

 

Bees sharing nectar

Research Blames Neonics For Bee Deaths

A new Harvard study shows the strongest links yet between neonicotinoid pesticides and mass bee deaths over the last decade.

May 16, 2014

 

honeybees

Honeybee Deaths Are Down (Slightly)

Over 23 percent of honeybee colonies died last year, an improvement from nearly 30 percent mortality previously.

May 2, 2014

 

Raindrops coating unpicked apples in an orchard

EU Apple Ban Drubs North American Regs

The European Union has clamped down on an anti-browning chemical, effectively banning the import of apples and pears from the U.S. and Canada.

May 2, 2014

 

organic pears

What Does ‘Organic’ Label Really Mean?

What "organic" means to the USDA and what it means to consumers may be two different things.

March 3, 2014

Follow The Buzz 

A bee fitted with a homing device gathers nectar

Sleuths Track Bugged Bees To Smoke Out Colony Collapses

Scientists in Tasmania are tracking bees with tiny wireless devices in an effort to understand why hives are collapsing.

January 29, 2014

Save The Bees 

A honeybee slumps on a leaf

Beekeepers Seek More Sway Over New Pesticides

Beekeepers are pushing the EPA to consider impact on pollinators when reviewing new pesticides.

January 3, 2014

Problem Pests 

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New Crops Could Kill Insects By Targeting Their Genes

With rootworms building resistance to GM corn that makes its own pesticide, seed companies are working on new crops that target the insects’ genes.

December 16, 2013

Little Bugs 

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Under The Microscope: Microbes Can Help Farmers

Some microbiologists are focused on how to harness the good things microbes can do, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields.

October 31, 2013

Label Says 

Vegetables labeled and displayed at a Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods To Launch Sustainability Index For Produce

Whole Foods Market has announced it will begin rating the sustainability of its produce and flowers in September next year.

September 12, 2013

Not Buzzed 

Bees gathering pollen

More Research Links Pesticides With Bee Disease

New research has shown for the first time a strong link between some fungicides and sick bees.

May 7, 2013

Bee Report 

Macro shot of a bee gathering nectar from a yellow flower

High Fructose Corn Syrup Could Affect Bee Health

No one factor is to blame for mass bee deaths, but industrial diets may be making bees more susceptible to harmful pesticide exposure.

May 1, 2013

Ban For Bees 

A bee sits on a white flower

Pesticides Connected To Bee Deaths Banned In Europe

Bees have been dying worldwide, causing concern for global food supply. This week, the EU has taken a step to protect the bees from pesticides.

April 8, 2013

Neonics 

Macro shot of a bee gathering nectar from a yellow flower

EPA Sued Over Pesticides, Bee Deaths

As evidence mounts for the link between neonicontinoid use and bee deaths, a group of concerned Americans is bring suit against the EPA.

December 4, 2012

My Chemical Romance 

Water streaming through a kitchen faucet with standard kitchenware in the background.

Got Allergies? It May Be In The Water

New study finds a correlation between commonly-ingested chemicals and allergies.

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