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Digest: CCD vs. SSDD, food borders awfully insecure, fat-powered initiative

What's the buzz, tell me what's happening: The wires and the blogs are swarming with speculation over yesterday's Independent story suggesting a link between the unexplained bee plague known as "colony collapse disorder" and cell phone signals. Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit collects the chatter in one...

Digest: Organic rules changed, irradiation renamed, feed the tank and starve the poor

Bye-bye, organic coffee, sugar, chocolate?: Sam Fromartz reports on a new ruling by the USDA that dramatically changes how non-U.S. farms are certified organic. Previously, only a small percentage of farms in "grower groups" would be randomly inspected, and the group would then police the remainder's...

Digest: Rice with human proteins OK’d, Time celebrates la vida locavore, bee CAFOs

A groaning plateful o' food news today — more than we can possibly eat. Tomorrow's digest gets the leftovers. Averting a shitstorm?: The USDA has greenlighted large-scale cultivation in Kansas of rice that produces human immune system proteins in its seeds. The proteins go into an anti-diarrhea medicine for...

Digest: Wild birds cleared, USDA censured, protection from transgenic corn

Bird-flu CSI: It's official — comparison between the UK and Hungarian strains of the avian-flu virus reveals the highest genetic match, much more so than the strains found in wild birds. Press release Dept. of About Time: A federal judge ruled yesterday that the USDA failed to adequately assess possible...

Digest: Food vs. fuel, Midwest movement, cow exodus, local beer

Des Moines Register: A rather terrifying article about the ethanol industry's insatiable demand for corn, which is leading farmers to forgo the soybean rotation that returns much-needed nitrogen to the soil, meat producers to feed as much leftover "distiller's grain" as animals can tolerate, and everybody...

Digest: Local hero, tater hots, mad Japanese cow, corn winners & losers

Houston Chronicle: Columnist Neal Pierce urges readers to have a "100-Mile Thanksgiving" and explains once again to skeptical Texans why buying local makes sense on many levels. New York Magazine: Highlighting what's available now at New York's Greenmarkets, this article made us want to try all the...

Digest: The crises in rice and corn, beyond-organic gurus, BB fight

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: very informative article about how badly the discovery of genetically engineered rice hiding in an export shipment has hurt the U.S. rice industry, with Arkansas the biggest loser. (Arkansas grows roughly $800 million worth of the $1.3 billion U.S. rice market; it's the state's...

Digest: Organic chains, Bioneers fun guy, from garbage to biogas

Grist: Fast food is going organic — or is the other way around? Either way, it's not as bad as we thought. L.A. Weekly: Finally, an article that reports on Bioneers without tongue jammed mockingly in cheek. This one covers Paul Stamets, the "mushroom guy" — the world's premier mycologist, actually — who has...