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Susan Chan explains the specialized pollination performed by squash bees. Photo: Lucy Martin
Susan Chan explains the specialized pollination performed by squash bees. Photo: Lucy Martin

What farmers and landowners can to to sustain bees

For years we've been hearing different reporting on a basic theme: A third of our food supply depends on bees and pollinating insects are in a serious state of decline. Most of that attention has been focused on domesticated honey bees. But there are hundreds of species of wild pollinating insects and they play key roles too.

That may be why a seminar called "Bringing back the Bees" held in Perth, Ontario last September, generated a strong response. Lucy Martin attended the day of talks, plus a field tour of a berry and vegetable farm, as experts shared simple ways to help pollinators right now.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://wilpf.org/files/image_3.jpg">WILPF</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo says GMO food labeling not part of session talks in Albany

Governor Cuomo says there are no concrete talks underway in Albany that might lead to new regulations requiring labels on genetically modified foods.

Some lawmakers and activists want a policy in New York similar to the one now being implemented in Vermont that offers consumers more information about GMO ingredients.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake cooking columnist publishes "eating local" cookbook

As a beginner at cooking locally and seasonally, I needed some expert advice on how to work with what you have and make the most of summer. Luckily, I was able to talk with Yvonna Fast last Thursday at Nature's Storehouse, where she was holding a book signing about her self-published cookbook, "Garden Gourmet: Fresh & Fabulous Meals from your North Country Garden, CSA, or Farmers' Market."  Go to full article
Corn field. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/planmygreen/2675568751/">Rastoney</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York is central in genetically modified-food label debate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Agricultural, food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat legislation to require labels on food containing genetically modified...  Go to full article
Ubu Ale: an artisan brew from Lake Placid Craft Brewing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sabine01/3875859563/">Tricia G.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY announces boost for hops research, wine tasting

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is giving sales tax exemptions for winery tastings and funding for hops and malting barley research.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday...  Go to full article
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods in Connecticut last year. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/8777078498/">CT Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Grocers sue Vermont over GMO food label law

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups have challenged a Vermont law that requires the labeling of food made with genetically...  Go to full article
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant

What does Congress' school lunch debate mean for North Country schools?

New regulations for school lunch passed in 2010 promised to make kids' meals healthier, with more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. But some school lunch directors say...  Go to full article
Berkshire blue cheese at New Amsterdam Market. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/susievision/4742362698">Susie Wyshak</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US Senators say FDA cheese rule hurts New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's U.S. senators are urging the Food and Drug Administration to issue better guidance for cheese aging, arguing that New York cheese makers will be...  Go to full article
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NY Assembly OKs yogurt as official state snack

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is one step closer to making yogurt its official state snack. The state's Assembly endorsed the measure 85-1 on Wednesday. The legislation passed...  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo at the new Taste NY store. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14382217604/">Office of the Governor</a>

Cuomo cuts ribbon on new Taste NY Market

LAGRANGE, N.Y. (AP) There's a new market on the Taconic State Parkway that features products from around the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the new Taste NY...  Go to full article

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