What's in Season May 2013

Berry Nice

Summer is here, and with it the most delicious of all fruit: fresh berries. Be they strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, berries evolved to be literally irresistible in order to spread their seeds. Taste alone is reason to indulge, but with berries you get to have your cake and eat it too—berries are packed with nutrients, and few foods can compare to their benefits to human health.

Strawberry Fumigant Removed

Company Pulls Methyl Iodide From U.S. Market
By Heidi Lewis

Raise a glass of strawberry lemonade to the defeat of the fumigant methyl iodide! A lengthy campaign by environmentalists, farmers, scientists, doctors, and farm workers to stop the use of fumigants in strawberry production has ended with a significant victory for the environment.

Spring Prospects after Mild Winter

Winter has been very mild this year for most of us who don’t live in Alaska. The general lack of snow and cold is attributable to unusual patterns in the Arctic and North Atlantic Oscillations, which have kept the jet stream more northerly than usual. The warmer temperatures have been a welcome relief after last winter’s heavy snowstorms but have been a cause for concern among some farmers.

Wearing It On Your Sleeve