Mike Kiniry

Producer
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications


While he wasn’t actually born in Florida, Jeff Klinkenberg's parents moved to Miami from Chicago when he was 2 years old, and Klinkenberg is about as Florida as it gets.

 

He grew up in pre-air conditioned Miami, fishing in the Everglades and Florida Bay. He wrote his first book about Davy Crockett when he was just 6. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1971 and got his first job in journalism at The Miami News, where he worked until moving to what was, at the time, called the St. Petersburg Times, before becoming the Tampa Bay Times where he wrote his Real Florida column until retiring in 2013.

Lance Cheung / United States Department of Agriculture


Now that summer break is upon us, food insecurity is hitting some Southwest Florida families especially hard. According to a recent United States Department of Agriculture study, 16.5 percent of all U.S. households with children experienced food insecurity in 2016, affecting some 6.5 million children.

Werktuigendagen Oudenaarde / Flickr

Genetically modified foods attract a lot of criticism.

Traditionally speaking, GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a term that means DNA from another organism has been added to an organism in order to make it grow better, or faster or be more resistant to things like drought or disease. But, as technology advances, new techniques are becoming available to researchers to make genetic improvements more precisely and in a way that mimics natural mutations and does not use DNA from other organisms.

Charles Sobczak

Florida is home to a wide array of flora and fauna, but not all of it is native, actually quite a lot of what you see in the wild world around you is considered to be invasive. We’re getting a lesson on Florida’s many invasives from Charles Sobczak. The Sanibel-based author will be presenting two lectures on Florida’s invasives later this month, the first one is at the downtown Fort Myers Regional Library on Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. and the other is at the Gulf Gate Library in Sarasota on Friday, June 23 at 1:00 p.m. His lectures are based on information he gathered for his book, The Living Gulf Coast – A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida.

 

The Mosaic Company


Mosaic Fertilizer wants to start mining for phosphate on about 18,000-acres of land in the Peace River Basin in DeSoto County, about three miles from Arcadia. Phosphate mining is big business in Florida, but its potential environmental impacts make it a contentious issue. Mosaic just recently finished plugging a giant sinkhole at one of its phosphate mines near Plant City, but not before millions of gallons of contaminated water poured into the Floridan Aquifer. We’re going to get an update today on the proposed mine with Rachael Curran from the Center for Biological Diversity, in advance of the first public meeting about it tomorrow in Arcadia.

 

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