Toxic-algae bloom off West Coast may be biggest ever

"A massive toxic algae bloom has closed shellfish fisheries along the West Coast," says the Portland Oregonian. Beaches were closed to clamming and oyster harvesting along the Oregon and Washington State coastlines.

Neonicotinoid not the sole villain in honeybee losses

A widely used insecticide, the neonicotinoid imidacloprid, "does not significantly harm honey bee colonies at real-world doses," contrary to concerns that neonics, as they are called, are to blame for population declines, says a University of Maryland study.

Demand for fresh, local food pinches Big Food

The big-name international food companies "are in the position of having to rework, reshape and re-imagine themselves" in response to consumer demand for fresh, local and organic foods, says the Guardian.

California agriculture outlook: Dire but not hopeless

With California headed for a fourth year of drought, the outlook for the growing season is grim. "But our situation is not hopeless," says Helene Dillard, dean of agriculture at UC-Davis.

Empty calories and climate change

Climate change could create a new kind of empty calories, by indirectly reducing the nutrition content of food crops, says the Guardian.

Now cooking in Vietnam: Shrimp, rice and climate change

Vietnam has muscled into the top tier of rice exporters and produces vast amounts of shrimp from man-made ponds across the Mekong Delta, bringing prosperity to its farmers, says the Guardian.

China Tuna withdraws IPO after criticism of its methods

China Tuna Industry Group Holdings has withdrawn its application to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to become a publicly traded company because of adverse publicity, says Undercurrent News.

US-EU trade pact could lower pesticide rules-Report

The Center for International Environmental Law says the proposed U.S.-EU trade agreement "would reduce protection compared to the more stringent pesticide standards already in place in the EU and in individual U.S. states," says the Guardian.

Ignoring limits on tuna catches

A large Chinese fishing company declared in a draft document "that it intended to circumvent international conservation limits on tuna – by simply ignoring them" with little fear of discipline for it, says the Guardian.

Rural household wells go dry in Central Valley

As many as 2 million rural Californians rely on household wells for their water, says NPR. "Some of those people are among the hardest hit by the state's severe drought, as wells across the state's Central Valley farm belt start to go dry."