For the motion that organic food is marketing hype: Dennis Avery, Director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Food Issues and Blake Hurst, Freelance Writer for Wall Street Journal, Wilson Quarterly, and the American and John Krebs, Principal of Jesus College, Oxford.
Against the motion that organic food is marketing hype: Charles Benbrook, Chief Scientist of The Organic Center and Urvashi Rangan, Director of Technical Policy for Consumers Union and Jeffrey Steingarten, Food Critic for Vogue Magazine.
The moderator is John Donvan, author and correspondent for ABC News.
Podcast source: intelligence2: Organic Food Is Marketing Hype
Honeybees are essential pollinators for fruits and vegetables. No bee species existed in the New World during human times before the introduction of bees by Europeans. In early 2007, abnormally high die-offs (30–70% of hives) of European honey bee colonies occurred in North America and such a decline seems unprecedented in recent history. Harvard School of Public Scientist Alex Lu tells Steve Curwood about new research connects the collapse to the recent introduction of a new type of pesticide, neonicotinoids.
Podcast source: living on earth: Honeybee Collapse linked to New Insecticides
Turn on the faucet, and water pours out. Pull out the drain plug, and the dirty water disappears. Most of us give little thought to the hidden systems that bring us water and take it away when we’re done with it. But these underappreciated marvels of engineering face an array of challenges that cannot be solved without a fundamental change to our relationship with water.
Increasing population density and changing climate stress our cities’ water supply. UC Berkeley professor David Sedlak discusses future water infrastructure with Steve Curwood.
Podcast source: living on earth: Water 4.0
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