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The blight hitting tomatoes is the same blight responsible for the Irish potato famine in the mid-19 century.  (Photo courtesy of Cornell University)
The blight hitting tomatoes is the same blight responsible for the Irish potato famine in the mid-19 century. (Photo courtesy of Cornell University)

Tomato blight spreading

One of the quintessential tastes of late summer, a juicy, perfectly ripe garden tomato, is hard to come by this year. This year a tomato blight swept across the Northeast and it's moving into Midwestern gardens and farms. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Whose lawn is lusher?

Lots of people love a full, lush lawn. Personal green space for the kids, a tidy, open vista around the house, but it isn't easy, keeping a monoculture like grass. Lawns DO like a rainy summer like this one. And fertilizers and herbicides might help. But there's concern about water pollution from lawn chemicals. Julie Grant reports that some experts say you can use them, just don't over-use them.  Go to full article

CDC worries about vaccination gaps

Babies and young children get a lot more vaccines today than they did ten years ago. To most parents, it's a chance to protect their children from more diseases. But there are pockets of places where lots of people are opting out of vaccines. Julie Grant reports that it has the Centers for Disease Control concerned.  Go to full article

What's a green collar job?

A new national study says jobs in Vermont's green energy economy are growing faster than other employment sectors in the state, and are easily outpacing the national average for growth in green jobs. The Pew Charitable Trusts study found that between 1998 and 2007, Vermont's green energy economy saw 15.3 percent growth, versus overall job growth in the state of 7.4 percent. Growth in green jobs nationwide was put at 9.1 percent. At the heart of President Obama's economic recovery plan is the promise of new green collar jobs. Workers concerned about being laid off from their blue collar jobs are starting to wonder what those new jobs will look like. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

FDA and food safety: a failing grade

In the wake of spinach scares, and this year's tainted peanut butter recall, Congress is getting ready to approve changes to the Food and Drug Administration. Lawmakers want to give the American public more confidence in the safety of the food supply system. But some people doubt they will be able to make real change. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Humans lend a hand to vegetable shapes

Vegetables sometimes grow into really freaky shapes. But what if you could make fruits and vegetables into just about any shape you wanted? Some avid gardeners come up with strange looking hybrids, but Julie Grant talked with a researcher who's taking the shape of produce to a whole new level.  Go to full article

Saving energy and making the Internet greener

One industry that's not suffering in the economic downturn is information technology. The demand for IT keeps growing. That's good, but the environmental consequences worry some people. Turns out the Internet is not "carbon free." Internet searches and data storage use an increasing amount of energy. Julie Grant reports on how some companies are making their IT more environmentally friendly, and saving money in the process.  Go to full article
The Akron multi-modal transportation center was built by the tracks, but before completion Amtrak pulled out, leaving only the bus. Photo: Julie Grant
The Akron multi-modal transportation center was built by the tracks, but before completion Amtrak pulled out, leaving only the bus. Photo: Julie Grant

All aboard for Amtrak?

People who like the idea of passenger trains have been waiting for decades for the federal government to get on board. Now, some think Congress might be ready to get funding on track for Amtrak. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

NY mandates plastic bag recycling

Under a new state law, large stores and retail or grocery store chains in New York will have to provide collection bins for used carry out bags.
Lots of supermarkets encourage shoppers to carry re-usable bags. The new law goes further, to try to make sure those plastic bags still in use are recycled. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
Chef Ben Bebenroth and his crew plate mushroom dishes for their dinner guests.  (Photo by Julie Grant)
Chef Ben Bebenroth and his crew plate mushroom dishes for their dinner guests. (Photo by Julie Grant)

Chef takes diners into the woods

More and more people are thinking about where their food was grown. Local growers and farmer's markets are seeing the benefit of increased interest in buying locally. More chefs and restaurants are interested in local sources as well. One caterer from northeast Ohio is upping the ante. "Plated Landscapes" takes the restaurant to the woods...or the fields, creating gourmet events "in situ." Julie Grant reports the chef wants people to connect the dots between the environment and their food.  Go to full article

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