5 Things to Talk About Today

  • Organic farmers are struggling to keep up with the growing demand. With organic produce going mainstream, the previously niche agriculture is now a booming multibillion-dollar food industry. Organic food sales have doubled as people continue to reach for the non-pesticide food options in the supermarket aisle. This growth is expected to continue, and according to the Organic Trade Association, sales are predicted to increase 12% to 15% annually for the next three years. But organic producers are struggling to meet the increased demand, and some shortages of some organic products have led to major price hikes. The OTA is currently "evaluating options to help growers transition to organic." — USA Today 
  • They were considered rivals in the ’80s, but it seems Apple may have converted PC competitor IBM with plans to supply more than half its staff with MacBooks. The 104-year-old company said its employees already use over 110,000 Apple devices, including 50,000 MacBooks, which could grow to 200,000 to equal about one MacBook per person, more than half of IBM's 380,000 employees. Reports announced today say Apple and IBM are about to embark on a year-long partnership. — The Verge
  • A new study found smoking marijuana as a teenager has no negative health effects. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University, published by the American Psychological Association, states, "Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms, or asthma." These findings come just days after D.A.R.E. apologized for their recent post that backed the legalization of the recreational drug, stating “we have not changed our stance that we are opposed to marijuana legalization.” — Complex
  • After announcing their plans to scale back Google+, rumors are circulating the search giant could buy Twitter. Leaving behind plans to rival Facebook, Google "recently cut a deal with Twitter to get access to the company’s real-time 'firehose' of user data." Twitter has made it known it prefers to be a stand-alone company, but its stock has been under pressure, which means an estimated $20 billion offer from Google could be good timing. Even Twitter investor Chris Sacca has said that the pair would be “an instant fit.” — Fortune
  • An entrepreneurial drug smuggler tried to deliver narcotics via drone to an Ohio prison. Video footage shows the go-around flew a package of full of heroin, marijuana, and tobacco into the recreational yard, where nine prisoners began to fight over it. The small aerial drones have been the subject of much debate, with prison officials confirming they have seen an increase in their use to smuggle drugs and other contraband into the prison. — International Business Times