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Points North, Ep. 4: 'Sci-fi’ virus to help cherries

This week on Points North , a bacteria called cherry canker is attacking sweet cherry trees nationwide, but one Michigan scientist is developing a solution. Plus, how a new bill could help tart cherry farmers compete with cheap Turkish cherry imports.

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IPR News: Locovore Food Distributors

Mar 27, 2009

<p>There's a new company up north that wants to buy and sell local food. Locovore Food Distributors made its first delivery this week to grocery chains downstate. The company's owner is a pioneer in connecting small farms to neighboring schools, restaurants and grocers. His new business model highlights a disagreement among local food advocates over how best to keep drumming up business for area farms. Peter Payette Reports.</p>

Point North: "Food Safety"

Mar 27, 2009

<p>Michigan Agriculture Commissioner Don Coe says food safety issues pose a serious threat to the region's local food movement. He says more regulation of farms is coming and local growers might as well be part of making them work. But not everyone thinks the government can make food safer, given its recent failure to keep tabs on the peanut processer in Georgia that caused a deadly outbreak of salmonella. And they say burden falls unfairly on small farms.</p>

IPR News: Co-Op Conversations

Mar 26, 2009

<p>A group opposed to new coal fired power plants being built in Michigan is appealing to electric co-op members with a new web site.</p>

Points North: "Government Transparency"

Mar 20, 2009

<p>It's sunshine week and on Points North we'll hear about recent court decisions in Michigan concerning open government. Also does your township or city post financial information online? What about your school district? Why not? We'll hear about the Mackinac Center's transparency project.</p>

Points North: "Government Transparency"

Mar 20, 2009

<p>It's sunshine week and on Points North we'll hear about recent court decisions in Michigan concerning open government. Also does your township or city post financial information online? What about your school district? Why not? We'll hear about the Mackinac Center's transparency project.</p>

Points North: "Carbon Footprint"

Mar 13, 2009

<p>Carbon footprint is a way to measure how much energy is being used and how much is being wasted. A few companies are taking the lead to reduce their footprints because they see it as being environmentally responsible and saving costs. Both Traverse City and Grand Traverse County are figuring out ways to use energy resources more wisely. That may mean replacing streetlamps with more energy efficient types or doing more recycling.</p>

Points North: "Carbon Footprint"

Mar 13, 2009

<p>Carbon footprint is a way to measure how much energy is being used and how much is being wasted. A few companies are taking the lead to reduce their footprints because they see it as being environmentally responsible and saving costs. Both Traverse City and Grand Traverse County are figuring out ways to use energy resources more wisely. That may mean replacing streetlamps with more energy efficient types or doing more recycling.</p>

Michigan Writers on the Air: February 2009

Feb 28, 2009


Michigan Writers on the Air: February 2009

Feb 28, 2009


Michigan Writers on the Air: January 2009

Jan 31, 2009


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