We’d miss them–even as we complain all winter about having nothing but bananas to go on our morning cereal. But much of the world’s population relies on bananas for more than a supplement to bran flakes in the morning. Millions depend on them as a food source or for a major part of their farming income. And that source is facing the greatest pathogen it has ever encountered. The killer blight, a fungus, is called Tropical Race 4.  (My post here is a rough …

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Image via Wikipedia Have you been following the evolving story on BPA, the endocrine-disrupting plastic resin hardener found in the tissue of 93 out of 100 Americans? If you have children or grandchildren, you owe it to them to come up to speed on this topic. I can imagine this might become the “tobacco settlement” poster child for the decade ahead. There are some really egregious ethical choices, instances of avarice over truth in high places, and perverted science in this story. From all …

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Is this right? Almost one in 10 Americans is on food stamps? This article in Forbes by Tom Breen goes on to state that during this summer and fall in West Virginia, the average monthly foodstamps benefit was about $100 a month. Is that per person or only per household? If the latter, for a family of three, that’s a buck a day for food. Can it be done? Here’s a couple of teachers who set themselves the goal of seeing what kind of …

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