May 28, 1999 |
Last week's report in the journal Nature indicating that genetically altered corn is toxic to monarch-butterfly caterpillars came as no surprise to Shepherd Ogden. In his newly revised book on vegetable gardening, Straight-Ahead Organic, the eloquent president of the Cook's Garden mail-order kitchen-garden seed and supply firm, warns of the dangers of messing around with nature - especially when profit is the goal. The corn story illustrates Ogden's point. In their quest to protect major farm crops from pests - and, not coincidentally, to sell more seeds - seed companies have developed a strain of corn that contains genes from the organic microbial pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis, known as Bt, which kills corn borers and related insects.
June 11, 1994
THE WILD THING GETS PAT ON THE BACK FOR VET VISIT C'mon, give Mitch Williams a break, will you? The Inquirer article May 30, after the Phillies victory over the Houston Astros, depicted Williams as unemotional in what was most likely his last appearance at the Vet. Please inform your writer, Michael Bamberger, who ended his story by writing that Williams "packed his toothbrush and zipped up his bag and was gone," that he apparently was...
March 31, 2006 |
Andrew Frankenfield, an agriculture specialist, was planting sweet corn at a farm in northern Montgomery County when he noticed something missing: mud. For the first March in memory, the region's farms, ball fields and backyards are virtually mud-free. That's because nature has withheld an essential ingredient: water. Barring a downpour before midnight right atop the rain gauge at Philadelphia International Airport, this will officially be the driest March since 1966. The 0.91 inches measured since the beginning of the month is less than one-quarter of March's normal rainfall of 3.81 inches.
September 14, 2013 |
It took a while, but goldenrod is finally in rehab. Yes, you'll still see the wild ones scrambling through roadside ditches, unruly plumes of vivid yellow that scream "I am so out of control!" And yes, people with hay fever still recoil from it, mistaking it for ragweed. But it's ragweed pollen, not goldenrod, that causes all those allergic sniffles in late summer and early fall. The rap is so unfair - and so yesterday. Goldenrod is moving from pariah to player in the garden world, its reputation redeemed by converging trends: Gardening for wildlife.
October 4, 2007 |
One morning last week, a new product was being touted on the chalkboard on the sidewalk in front of Le Petit Mitron, the anomalous patisserie francaise across from the R-5 SEPTA station in the borough of Narberth. Henceforth, in addition to its celebrated croissants, its quiches and fresh-baked French pastries, it would be carrying the local honey of one Scott T. Bartow - "exclusivly. " The word had been slightly truncated, perhaps to fit as the chalk-writer ran out of room.
December 29, 2007 |
I'VE NEVER been one to make New Year's resolutions. I prefer my failures in small increments, so I make my resolutions weekly, and they usually come at the urging of my wife. How does it work, you ask? Well, sometimes she corners me at dinner, mere moments after the children have welcomed me home like a conquering hero. "Solomon, when are you gonna vacuum the inside of that car?" she'll ask, knowing that I must commit to doing it, or risk shattering the little ones' view of their father.
April 12, 2010 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Turns out, there really was more than one story line out there among all the dogwoods and pollen this week. And ultimately, the one that will live on was pretty indelible as well. Probably just a little more heart tugging, too. For Phil Mickelson, it has always been about family. So this was mostly about emotion. Some 11 months ago, his wife, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, so was his mother, Mary. In June, Lefty played in the U.S. Open, his first tournament since they received the news.
May 10, 2000 |
The trees are swollen with delicate leaves, the grasses are a deep green, the afternoons are soft and warm. And for people like Karen Gallagher, it doesn't get much worse. Gallagher and legions of others with pollen allergies have suffered through the most brutal week of the season, and next week doesn't look much better. "This is one of the worst weeks we've had in a long time," Donald J. Dvorin of the Asthma Center said yesterday from his office in Forked River, N.J. "Everybody is complaining.
July 29, 2013 |
One in a series of occasional articles about the regional effects of climate change and how we're coping. Even though she'd been walking in the woods for only a few minutes, Jen McIntyre was in distress. Tears were running down her cheeks. She couldn't breathe through her nose. "I feel like this is our new reality," McIntyre said recently of the allergies that have begun to plague her. McIntyre, 43, of Mount Airy, never had allergies, aside from reactions to the odd dog or horse.
December 14, 1986 |
The official snack food for the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis is really something to sneeze at, particularly if you have allergies. Officials of the Indianapolis office of the Food and Drug Administration say the Buzzin bar could create special problems for people allergic to ragweed because the 1.3-ounce bar contains 300 milligrams of pure bee pollen. "Bee pollen does have ragweed in it, and if you are allergic to ragweed, you could have a severe reaction," said Lilyan M. Goossens, consumer affairs officer for the FDA at Indianapolis.