Another take on the WTO and food systems

What can the World Trade Organization (WTO) contribute toward addressing global hunger? IATP asked four experts from the Philippines, France, India and the U.S. at last week’s WTO Public Forum in Geneva. You can listen to the discussion here.

Biomass program rolls out, raises eyebrows

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), launched in the last Farm Bill, was hailed as an opportunity to spur the wider adoption of new, more sustainable crops to feed a growing bioeconomy. Now, we are reminded once again that the intent of legislation and real-world implemention are two different things.

Aspen fading fast

Entire groves at 7,000 feet are dying after a decade of drought and fire exclusion.Arizona Daily Sun

Vanishing Aspens

Scientists report that drought conditions in the Rocky Mountain West are contributing to SAD, Sudden Aspen Decline.Living on Earth

USDA Secretary Outlines Forest Policy

The vision for future forest policy recently revealed by the Obama Administration had a broad scope that could appeal to many sides, but lacked key tangible details.TimberLine

Trees dropped to help trout on Mich.-Wis. border

Dozens of trees have been dropped by helicopter into a stretch of the Brule River along the Michigan-Wisconsin border to help improve the habitat for trout in the waterway.Wisconsin State Journal

Ancient Forests Reveal Clues How to Endure Weather Extremes

Fossilized remnants of long-ago rainforests discovered in Illinois coal mines are providing clues about how trees and their ecosystems were able to withstand weather extremes from ice ages to global warming.Bloomberg.com