Agriculture

"Plan to Let Poultry Plants Inspect Birds Is Criticized"

"WASHINGTON — Federal food safety inspectors said a proposal by the Agriculture Department to expand a pilot program that allows private companies to take over the inspections at poultry plants could pose a health risk by allowing contaminated meat to reach customers.""Currently, the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service inspectors are stationed along the assembly lines in poultry plants and examine the birds for blemishes, feces or visible defects before they are processed."

Source: NY Times, 04/06/2012
June 6, 2013 to June 9, 2013

Canadian Science Writers' Association Annual Conference

This year’s CSWA conference, at the McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, offers sessions on nanotechnology, food security, ecosystem services, biofuels, smart machines, scientist speed dating, and more.

"Studies Show Why Insecticides Are Bad News For Bees"

"The search for the killer of America's bees is a little bit like an Agatha Christie novel. Suspicion has turned toward one shady character and then another: declining habitat; parasites; diseases; pesticides.

Or did they all conspire in the recent mass murder of the country's bees?

Source: NPR, 03/30/2012

"No Vacancy: Unleashing the Potential of Empty Urban Land"

"Tia Jackson’s family has lived on the same block of Halsey Street in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood for five generations. Kristen Rapp is a newcomer. Jackson is black. Rapp is white. In a part of town where the gentrification process has been grinding along painfully for years, the two might never have met if not for a sign on a fence on a vacant lot, left there by the members of a group called 596 Acres."

Source: Grist, 03/29/2012

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