What we're reading this week

Nov 30, 2015 12:29:00 AM

Why Are Organic Cranberries So Hard to Find?

Civil Eats

 

Lack of Organic Cranberries and a story of one growers challenge in going organic with cranberries when there is relatively little understood about growing them organically. Read more >>

 

 

For the First time Ever, the FDA Will Allow a GMO Animal to Be Sold in the U.S.

takepart

 

The first genetically modified animal protein to be commercially sold and consumed in the United States.After a decades-long regulatory ordeal, the fast-growing fish, developed by AquaBounty Technologies, was declared safe for human consumption, as was the bit of added DNA (which the FDA classifies as a drug in this case) that speeds up the salmon’s growth. The salmon will not be required to bear a label declaring that it has been genetically modified and is only approved for production in two contained, land-based hatchery facilities, in Canada and Panama. Read more >>

 

Farmers Have Been Enjoying The Fruits Of Bee Labor For 9,000 Years

NPR

 

Interesting look at the scientific timeline of bee product use through archaeology discoveries. Read more >>

 

More Than Half the Trees in the Amazon at Risk of Extinction. Are Your Groceries to Blame?

Civil Eats

 

A look at deforestation of the Amazon as demands for agriculture rise and the toll it is taking on biodiversity. Read more >>

 

Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail

National Geographic

 

Long term antibiotic use in livestock is starting to take its toll and the last-option antibiotics may no longer be options due to overuse. Read more >>

 

This tiny moth is stirring up the GMO debate in New York

The Washington Post

 

A scientifically modified moth...the theory is a reduction in pesticides, but at what cost and with a small regeneration window will cost outweigh the benefits if things don't go as intended. Read more >>