Environmental News Nugget: April 30, 2012

By Austin Stahl | as506610@ohiou.edu | @AustinStahl24

Here’s today’s environmental news.

1. “The Folly of Big Agriculture: Why Nature Always Wins”
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/the_folly_of_big_agriculture_why_nature_always_wins/2514/

Vast fields of monocultures and heavy subsidies for these commodity crops mark the U.S. system of industrial agriculture. This creates many problems, one of them being pesticide resistance. Read this article describing why we cannot outsmart nature.

2. “Would you like a bad farm bill — or a terrible one?”
http://grist.org/farm-bill/would-you-like-a-bad-farm-bill-or-a-terrible-one/

Speaking of big agriculture, here’s a breakdown of the latest farm bill. The draft of the bill was released April 20.

3. “White House Promotes Bioeconomy”
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/business/energy-environment/white-house-promotes-a-bioeconomy.html?_r=2&ref=earth

Lastly, the White House might turn to biology to spark innovation in the nation’s economy by promoting what is called a “bioeconomy.”

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