Articles from September 2011



Bye-Bye Bivalves: Conservationists Race to Save Chesapeake Bay Oysters from Extinction

In 1701, a visitor to Chesapeake Bay wrote that oysters were so numerous that the reef they made posed a hazard to navigation. By the late 1800s, the bay was yielding 15 million bushels of oysters a year, making it world’s largest oyster fishery and the most valuable fishery in the United States. Today, Chesapeake’s […]

Farmwork is Definitely not Kids’ Stuff. It Can (and Does) Kill

In July, 14-year-old Ben Troyer of Michigan died on a farm when he became caught in a belt and pulley while operating a feed grinder. In January, seven-year-old Tanner Hlavaty died in Kansas after being run over by a tractor while helping feed cattle. A few months earlier, 12-year-old Christen Wolland was crushed to death […]