Agriculture

"USA Watches as Wheat Rust Makes a Damaging Comeback"

"A fungus under control for 50 years is back and ravaging wheat crops in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Once it gets in a field, it corrodes the stalks, turning them shades of brown and red that gives the disease, wheat stem rust, its name. Farmers can do little but harvest what's left, sometimes losing 60% of their crop."

Source: USA TODAY, 03/03/2011

"A Growing Debate: How To Define 'Organic' Food"

"Just over a month ago, the Department of Agriculture announced that it will allow American farmers to plant genetically engineered alfalfa, which is widely used as feed for dairy cows and horses. Organic food producers opposed the USDA's decision — some more fiercely than others. That split has provoked angry debates within the organics community, with some activists accusing organic businesses of 'surrendering' to the biotech company Monsanto. And it has reopened some old arguments about what's most important in the label 'organic.'"

Source: NPR, 03/02/2011
March 1, 2011

SEJ Toronto Pub Night

Toronto-area journalists are invited to join SEJ members at our monthly pub night on Tuesday, March 1. Our guest this month will be Ravenna Alnuaimy-Barker, executive director of Sustain Ontario. Given that food security has been in the news so much of late, it seems a good time to sit down and discuss Ontario agriculture and food policy. Where better to do that than at the pub? Event is free, but space is limited.

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