Organic Vineyards Struggle to Stay Liquid

At this time of year, vineyards are buzzing with activity. The grapes
hang heavy on the vine as workers rush to pick them before they
spoil. Some wineries produce tens of thousands of gallons of wine.
But a growing number of small organic vineyards are making their
presence felt, as well. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Karen Kelly
visited an organic wine maker whose small operation is bucking the

Flying Cars Take Off

The World Aviation Congress met this month (October) in San Francisco.
Along with sessions about aerodynamic design, air traffic safety and
aircraft icing, the conference offered something a little more…well,
unusual… Not one – but two – sessions about flying automobiles. As
the Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Wendy Nelson reports, flying cars may
be on the horizon sooner than you think:

Commentary – Baby Teeth Project Revisited

During the Cold War, concern about the health effects of above ground
nuclear testing lead to the Baby Teeth Project. Strontium-90 levels were
measured in the baby teeth of thousands of children born after 1949. The
study found dangerous levels of Strontium-90 that could be linked to
leukemia and bone cancer. As Great Lakes Radio Consortium commentator
Suzanne Elston has discovered, more than 40 years later, a new study
shows that history is repeating itself:

Legislation to Restrict Local Authority

In Michigan, the state legislature is considering a "Right to Farm"
proposal that would prevent local governments from regulating
agriculture. Supporters say it will help the struggling farming
industry by freeing farmers from too many restrictions. But some
farmers say local governments need MORE control when it comes
to large livestock farms. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Gretchen
Millich reports:

&Quot;Natural Capitalism” Hits Bookshelves

Amory Lovins, Hunter Lovins, and Paul Hawken are three of thiscountry’s leading voices on sustainability. They’ve spent their careerstrying to figure out how to make human progress less damaging to theenvironment. In their new book “Natural Capitalism,” they say if wetake the right steps, we can have a healthier environment and a strongereconomy. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s James Rea has more:

Forest Service Sued for Religious Reasons

A Minnesota logging group is suing the U-S Forest Service for violating
the separation of church and state. The group says the Forest Service
is caving in to environmental groups that push "deep ecology." Deep
ecology is the belief that plants, animals, and humans are of equal
value. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Stephanie Hemphill reports:

Do Candles Pose Lead Dangers?

Lead is sometimes used to make candle wicks – just a thin thread helps
the wick remain upright as the wax melts. But new research from the
University of Michigan found some candles emit potentially dangerous
levels of lead when they’re burned. As the Great Lakes Radio
Consortium’s Wendy Nelson reports, it’s a case of de-ja-vu for American
candle makers: