Kevin Bailey, writing in Earth Island Journal, has good news for conscientious consumers. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch has a long list of unsustainable shellfish choices—except for abalone from a California aquaculture company. Abalone cultivation isn’t easy and Kevin takes us through the operation’s ebbs and flows. Also read The Western Flyer, Kevin’s book about a boat with a John Steinbeck connection.
Honeybee colony collapse, Sylvia Kantor @kantors discovers, might be halted by mycologists as well as entomologists. In a story for Crosscut, Sylvia talks with a mushroom expert and a Washington State University bee researcher who are finding compounds from mushrooms, and maybe even certain fungi themselves, that protect bees from parasites and viruses. Sweet.
Sandra Ripley Distelhorst has a first-author Lancet Oncology paper on optimizing breast cancer care in low- and middle-income countries. The comprehensive summary lays out the latest recommendations from the Breast Health Global Initiative, co-sponsored by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Sandra is senior writer and editor for Northwest Health Communications.
The European Union, says Kris Freeman, wants its members to join together in harmony, at least when sharing health data. In Environmental Health Perspectives, Kris writes that data from 17 countries can be combined to study exposure patterns to compounds such as mercury, cadmium and nicotine. This is an important step toward developing common reference values for exposure across the EU.
In New York Times Magazine, Bonnie Rochman @brochman tells of taking her 10-year-old daughter to For Girls Only, a facts-of-life class for preteens and their parents.Embarrassment ensues, quickly followed by laughs, then frank questions from the girls, with honest, sometimes humorous answers from the leader. No wonder this showed up on the Most Emailed list at the New York Times.