Could Monsanto Co.’s genetically modified corn plants cause the emergence of superbugs? That’s what findings by Iowa State University entomologist Aaron Gassmann suggest.
As the Missouri River flood waters finally begin to recede, the power plant’s emergency status is finally removed.
The Washington Post reports:
Officials say an idled Nebraska nuclear plant that was entirely surrounded by Missouri River floodwaters earlier this summer is no longer under a flood emergency. Continue reading
Local farmers from the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area are about to receive a digital boost. The Iowa Valley Food Co-Op is the latest co-op to try increasing the distribution of local food by utilizing the web. Des Moines’ Iowa Food Cooperative flourished after beginning a similar undertaking in 2008. Continue reading
What’s in your water? That’s the question that the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination is answering for many Iowans. Continue reading
Steve Hendrix is a professor in the University of Iowa’s Biology Department. He is also a CGRER member, and recently received a seed grant from the organization. One of the focuses of Hendrix’s research is on bees – specifically, the possible decline of wild solitary bees. Hendrix discussed this research with the Iowa Environmental Focus.
How Professor Hendrix first got involved in plant-animal interactions:
“When I was a graduate student I took a graduate seminar in which I reported on a recent finding of insect molting hormones in plants, specifically in ferns. I was just fascinated by the fact that there could be plants that could produce these hormones. Then people immediately said that [the hormones] must be a defense against insect attacks. Continue reading
A recent press release from the DNR indicates that the cause of a Hamilton County fish kill could have been determined if the citizen who noticed the dead fish hadn’t waited a day before reporting it.
While it’s believed the fish kill resulted from a aerial-sprayed corn fungicide, their were no traces of this pollutant or any other by the time the stream was tested.
The DNR encourages immediate reporting of dead fish to their 24-hour spill line: 515-281-8694.
Iowa’s debate over the use of lead ammunition for dove-hunting is now receiving national attention. Major publications including USA Today picked up the story that puts environmentalist and many hunters on opposing sides.
Environmentalist worry that fragments of the toxic lead shots, which closely resemble seeds, will be eaten by animals and ultimately cause their death. An editorial in the Des Moines Register even suggests that the levels of lead deposited during the hunting season could cause health effects in humans.
On the other side, many hunters value lead shots over the non-toxic steel alternative because they’re cheaper and some find them more effective.
The decision to allow lead shot, like the decision to allow dove hunting in general, may be influenced by the economic boost provided by hunters. It’s estimated that Iowa dove hunters will contribute nearly $7 million this year.