By Rady Ananda
Nature herself may be the best opponent of genetically modified crops and pesticides. Not only plants, but insects are also developing resistance. The Western rootworm beetle – one of the most serious threats to corn – has developed resistance to Monsanto’s Bt-corn, and entire crops are being lost. [Image]
Farmers from several Midwest states began reporting root damage to corn that was specifically engineered with a toxin to kill the rootworm. Iowa State University entomologist Aaron Gassmann recently confirmed that the beetle, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, has developed resistance to the Bt protein, Cry3Bb1.
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The number of farmers markets in the U.S. has more than doubled over the past 10 years, with a steep spike since 2009. Though they were previously seen as places for hippies and country folk to shop, the local food movement and concerns about sustainability have increased their appeal immensely.
As admirable as it is when any community chooses to support their local farmers and buy fresh produce, some farmers markets have taken it to the next level, attracting thousands of shoppers each week including out-of-town visitors. They’ve become destinations for travelers and makeshift culinary schools for aspiring community cooks. Here are 15 of the most impressive farmers markets from across the U.S.