Smorgasbord

A National Audit Office “inquiry has found a dramatic increase in food fraud, with one in six products failing tests for the presence of undeclared species in 2012.” (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/10/uk-warned-another-horse-meat-scandal)

‘Undeclared species’ is deliciously vague. Can we expect slugs and snails and puppy dog tails? Toads and shrews and badger sinews? No, I’m being hysterically alarmist. Could there be alien meat in burgers?

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Pest

“Crop pests have been moving towards the poles at 2.7 kilometres per year, which is very close to the rate of climate change.” (http://www.nature.com/news/crop-pests-advancing-with-global-warming-1.13644)

Keep your eyes peeled: you could see a front of fungi, beetles, true bugs, mites, butterflies, oomycetes, moths, viruses and nematode worms frothing by.

Natives

“The Woodland Trust in Wales (Coed Cadw) … is offering farmers and other landowners “pollinator packs” of 210 native trees specially selected to provide a food source for [bees and other pollinators].” (http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com/News-Releases/Isn-t-it-funny-how-bees-like-trees-f06.aspx)

No need to import bees (Aliens); grow your own. #BzzzzZZZZ#