What we're reading this week

Nov 9, 2015 12:55:00 AM

What Makes A Foreign Species Invasive?

Rodale's Organic Life


You don’t want to wreak environmental havoc when planting your garden, but not all exotics are dangerous. It all depends on what it is—and where you are. Read more >>



A Seismic Shift in How People Eat

TheNew York Times


It's easy to make fun of people in big cities for their obsession with gluten, or chia seeds, or cleanses.But urbanites are not the only ones turning away from the products created by big food companies. Eating habits are changing across the country and food companies are struggling to keep up. Read more >>



Is 'organic' really organic? A deep dive into the dirt



On a foggy morning in Napa Valley, California, Tim Cheng is walking through a vineyard surrounded by California's classic golden hills. He bends down to look at one vine. "Is the webbing from the mealy bug?" he asks Debby Zygielbaum. She manages soil health for Robert Sinskey Vineyards, an organic winery on Napa's Silverado Trail. Zygielbaum has been fighting the mealy bug with a blend of pheromone traps and beneficial predators. "When we first got infested, we lost 25 percent of the crop," she said. "Now you can hardly find them." Read more >>


How African honey bees can help mitigate a world crisis



Managed honeybee population stocks are declining in many countries, worrying scientists, the public and politicians. This decline affects us all, as it poses a risk to food security. Read more >>