Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What's in the News: April 2014

Spring is technically here, even if it doesn't feel like it, and for many, thoughts have turned to crops. On a small scale, backyard gardens are being planted, and on a large scale, the issue of how in the heck we're going to provide enough food for billions of people becomes more of a concern than even with the growing season upon us. Here are some links to noteworthy articles you may have missed. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

From Climate Central: New satellite images show that during certain months of the year, the U.S. corn belt is the most productive region in the world. OK, but does it really count if we aren't putting our harvests to good use?

From Vermont Right to Know GMOs: Vermont becomes the second state (I'm proud to say Connecticut was the first) to pass a bill mandating the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms. Now all they need to do is get it signed into law...

From Sustainablog: We may have found a compromise that GMO supporters and opponents can both live with in Open Source Seeds.

From National Geographic: While America has been busy debating the ins and outs of biotech, and trying to squeeze as many ears of corn as possible into a square acre, a team over in England has been finding more farmland by reclaiming World War II era bomb shelters.

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