Daily Archives: October 22, 2010

Could pesticides be killing bees after all?

Here’s an excerpt from a story by Katherine Eban, writing for Fortune magazine titled “What a Scientist didn’t tell the New York Times about his study on Bee Deaths“:

Bee photo above from the Oregonian. See link at bottom of story.

FORTUNE — Few ecological disasters have been as confounding as the massive and devastating die-off of the world’s honeybees. The phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) — in which disoriented honeybees die far from their hives — has kept scientists, beekeepers, and regulators desperately seeking the cause. After all, the honeybee, nature’s ultimate utility player, pollinates a third of all the food we eat and contributes an estimated $15 billion in annual agriculture revenue to the U.S. economy. Continue reading


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FTCLDF to defend Morningside Dairy

Via Facebook:

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund has agreed to represent Joe and Denise Dixon, owners of the Morningland Dairy of the Ozarks, LLC, in their struggles with the State of Missouri Milk Board.  The Milk Board has threatened to seek a Court Order ordering the destruction of the Dixons entire supply of cheese, cut and whole, which was produced from February to August, 2010.

The case against the Dixons stems from the FDAs and State of Californias raid on Rawsome Foods in California.  At that time, a California representative obtained a piece of cheese sold to Rawsome by the Dixons and had it sampled.  The result came back positive for Listeria yet the validity of the sampling collection procedure and its handling is questionable.  California then contacted the Missouri Milk Board, which then conducted an inspection of the Dixons facility. Continue reading

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Author G. K. Chesterton, on “Cheeses”

G. K. Chesterton on “Cheeses”, from G. K. Chesterton’s works on the web, specifically from “Alarms and Discursions”, 1910:

“My forthcoming work in five volumes, `The Neglect of Cheese in European Literature,’ is a work of such unprecedented and laborious detail that it is doubtful whether I shall live to finish it. Some overflowings from such a fountain of information may therefore be permitted to springle these pages. I cannot yet wholly explain the neglect to which I refer. Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. Virgil, if I remember right, refers to it several times, but with too much Roman restraint. He does not let himself go on cheese. The only other poet that I can think of just now who seems to have had some sensibility on the point was the nameless author of the nursery rhyme which says: `If all the trees were bread and cheese’ – which is indeed a rich and gigantic vision of the higher gluttony. Continue reading

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