What we're reading this week

Oct 20, 2015 1:36:00 AM

Can This Queen Breeder Save the Bees?

Civil Eats


If honey bees are going to survive, they'll need hearty queens. That's where breeders like Melanie Kirby enter the picture. Read more >>



Weighing benefits, risks of wild birds on organic farms

Scientific American


Washington State University will help organic growers protect human health by assessing the risks and benefits of wild birds on organic farms. Researchers received nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Research and Extension Initiative to conduct the study. Read more >>



Can Farming Practices in Oklahoma Solve Climate Change? 

Scientific American


When Greg Scott teaches people about soil health, the front row better beware. The soil scientist from Oklahoma hauls around a rain simulator that holds bins of soil you’d see on different types of farmland. Read more >>


A New Source of Jobs for India's Rural Women? (Hint: It's in Your Shampoo)

Yes! Magazine


The business in chemicals extracted from seaweed—predicted to be worth $7 billion by 2018—is emerging as a source of employment for rural women. Read more >>


Distrust over EU GM crop approvals grows as 17 countries move towards national bans

Greenpeace EU


On 5 October, 17 EU countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia) and four regional administrations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK, and Wallonia in Belgium) had notified the Commission of their intention to ban GM crop cultivation under new EU rules. Read more >>