Scientific American on Californians striking down Prop. 37 Not even an earnest plea from Michael Pollan was enough to get the initiative that would've required all genetically modified food to be labeled to pass in California. But Scientific American's Christie Wilcox says the results shouldn't upset proponents of sustainable food. "The simple fact is that there is no evidence that GMOs, as a blanket group, are dangerous," she writes. "Every plant created with genetic technology contains a different modification. More to the point, if the goal is to know more about what’s in your food, a generic GMO label won’t tell you." Those who wanted to see GMO food labeled in grocery stores don't agree, though, and they've taken labeling matters into their own hands.
The New York Times on peanut farmers faring well Almost half the peanuts grown in the U.S. come from Georgia, a state that has seen its agriculture sector hit hard by peanut recalls and uncertainties associated with climate change. But lately, things have been going pretty well for Southern peanut farmers according to The New York Times' Kim Severson. "The amount of farmland in Georgia planted with peanuts this year jumped to 730,000 acres, compared with 475,000 last year," she writes. "Although the harvest is just winding down, the national peanut crop report from October showed that more than 6.1 billion pounds will be harvested this year, compared with about 3.6 billion last year. The yields are especially good in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Georgia, where the main crop is a variety called runner peanuts."