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  • Kim Jong Un snubbed Mike Pompeo for potato farm visit, state media suggests

    07/10/2018 8:23:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 10, 2018 | Alix Culbertson
    Kim Jong Un put potatoes ahead of Mike Pompeo during a US visit to agree denuclearisation details, state media has suggested. The US secretary of state visited Pyongyang on Friday and Saturday in an attempt to agree details of a deal made during June's historic summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator. However Mr Kim has not been seen in public for seven days, with every official move usually documented by news agency KCNA. During Mr Pompeo's trip relations between the US and North Korea appeared to take a dive as Pyongyang accused the US of a "gangster-like...
  • Is Vertical Farming Really the Future of Agriculture?

    07/05/2018 3:29:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Eater ^ | July 3, 2018 | Steve Holt
    By now, the images of shelves full of perfect greens in hulking warehouses, stacked floor to ceiling in sterile environs and illuminated by high-powered LED lights, have become familiar. Food futurists and industry leaders say these high-tech vertical farming operations are the future of agriculture — able to operate anywhere, virtually invincible against pests, pathogens, and poor weather, and producing local, fresh, high-quality, lower-carbon food year-round. That future seemed one step closer to reality last year when San Francisco-based indoor farming startup Plenty, which grows a variety of salad and leafy greens hydroponically (without soil) and uses artificial lighting in...
  • The Food Insecurity Of North Korea

    06/19/2018 4:03:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    National Public Radio's Goats and Soda ^ | June 19, 2018 | Paul Chisholm
    In the 1990s, a devastating famine struck North Korea. According to international observers, a combination of drought, flooding and government mismanagement decimated food production. The death toll is uncertain, but estimates range from 240,000 to 2 million. By all accounts, the situation is better today. Domestic agriculture has improved significantly. Today, grain production hovers around 5 million tons per year, roughly double what it was in the famine-stricken '90s. But agricultural scientists and aid representatives familiar with the situation believe that the country is still unable to feed all of its population. And some question whether it even wants to....
  • Indoor farms could fine-tune the flavours of our food

    06/15/2018 4:43:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Phys. Org. ^ | June 12, 2018 | Steve Gillman, Horizon Magazine
    A new way to farm indoors using different wavelengths of light could boost the taste of fruits, salads and herbs, while also increasing food supply and nutritional value. Growing food inside brings many benefits to farmers by reducing the amount of land, fertilisers, energy and water needed to cultivate the plants. But it can come with a major drawback – produce grown indoors sometimes lacks the depth of flavour it would have if it was allowed to flourish and ripen outside. And it is the controlled environment of indoor farming itself that seems to be at least partly responsible. "A...
  • Ndwedwe aquaponic farm continues to thrive (South Africa)

    06/11/2018 5:18:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The modern day aquaponic system, which has its roots in South China and Southeast Asia, is rapidly gaining in popularity. Here on home soil, an aquaponic farm in the rolling hills of Ndwedwe, which was established by a group of big-hearted Durban University of Technology (DUT) students back in 2016, continues to thrive. From subsistence farming in rural areas, to large-scale commercial farming in peri-urban areas, as well as vertical and indoor farming by hobbyists to feed neighbours and beautify urban spaces, when it comes to aquaponics, the possibilities are endless. Situated in the Noodsberg community, the project came about...
  • Now Cropping Up: Robo-Farming

    06/01/2018 1:26:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.wsj.com ^ | June 1, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET | By Vibhuti Agarwal
    Agricultural-equipment makers gear up driverless tractors, combines in quest to produce more food, more sustainably The bright red, driverless tractor drags the tiller in a perfect line in a south Indian field, makes a turn at the edge of the property, encounters a test dummy and then stalls, not knowing what to do. India’s Mahindra & Mahindra , one of the biggest suppliers of smaller tractors to the U.S., and other manufacturers are racing to develop what they see as the future of farming: robo-tractors and other farming equipment to help produce more food, more sustainably at a lower cost....
  • Can a nozzle provide the breakthrough indoor farming has been waiting for?

    05/28/2018 11:15:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Horticulture Week ^ | May 3, 2018 | Gavin McEwan
    A British company says it can greatly extend the range of crops grown in indoor growing formats beyond the established leafy greens and herbs. Discussions on the potential of urban and indoor farming invariably mention the need to feed a growing global population, forecast to reach 10 billion by the middle of the century, against a backdrop of climate change and depleted land and other resources. But so far, for technical and economic reasons, the movement has largely targeted leafy greens and herbs — relatively high-value but low-mass, low-calorie crops. Indeed, one successful London grower specialises in "micro-salads" sought by...
  • These 4 Tech Trends Are Driving Us Toward Food Abundance

    05/25/2018 2:33:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | May 18, 2018 | Peter H. Diamandis, MD
    From a first-principles perspective, the task of feeding eight billion people boils down to converting energy from the sun into chemical energy in our bodies. Traditionally, solar energy is converted by photosynthesis into carbohydrates in plants (i.e., biomass), which are either eaten by the vegans amongst us, or fed to animals, for those with a carnivorous preference. Today, the process of feeding humanity is extremely inefficient. If we could radically reinvent what we eat, and how we create that food, what might you imagine that “future of food” would look like? In this post we’ll cover: 1.Vertical farms 2.CRISPR engineered...
  • Rebooting food: Finding new ways to feed the future

    05/24/2018 1:16:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2018 | Thin Lei Win
    VIENNA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Banana trees that fit in a test tube. Burgers made without a cow in sight. Fish farmed in the desert. Robots picking fruit. Welcome to the brave new world of food, where scientists are battling a global time-bomb of climate change, water scarcity, population growth and soaring obesity rates to find new ways to feed the future. With one in nine people already short of enough food to lead a healthy, active life, supporters pushing for a Second Green Revolution argue without major changes hunger will become one of the biggest threats to national security...
  • Area greenhouse that supplies large grocers preparing to open, hiring 30 (Ohio)

    05/24/2018 1:03:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | May 23, 2018 | Kaitlin Schroeder, Staff Writer
    A new greenhouse in the region that will sell produce in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati is about to start operations. BrightFarms said in a statement that the company is hiring 30 for its Wilmington greenhouse, which will grow greens, herbs and tomatoes year-round. BrightFarms produce is sold at major grocery chains like Wal-Mart and Kroger. The Irvington, N.Y.-based company markets its produce as a local option instead of shipping in produce from other states or out of the country. In 2016, BrightFarms raised $30.1 million in funding to expand beyond the three greenhouses it was operating at the time in...
  • Bowery Farming is growing crops in warehouses to create food like customized kale

    05/24/2018 12:20:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 24, 2018 | Lora Kolodny and Magdalena Petrova
    •Bowery Farming is using robotics and software to raise crops in warehouses outside of big cities. •Jose Andres, Carla Hall and David Barber are among the star chefs who have invested in Bowery's indoor farming venture. •The U.N. projects that by 2050, food production will need to increase by about 60 percent to feed the growing global population....
  • Urban Agriculture Could Potentially Produce a Tenth of the World's Food.

    05/13/2018 1:19:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Indy Week ^ | April 25, 2018 | Amanda Abrams
    This weekend, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is holding its popular Piedmont Farm Tour, which opens forty-five Triangle-area farms to the public. General interest in traditional farming is well-established here; this is the twenty-third year of the tour. But meanwhile, there's a rising fascination, in the region and around the nation, with another kind of farming: urban agriculture. There seems to be momentum behind the conviction that the collective cultivation of underutilized public spaces such as empty lots and rooftops just might save the world. Growing food in a city is hands-on and hyper-local, it requires few chemicals and gives...
  • Trump Isn’t Betraying Our Farmers

    04/07/2018 6:20:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.co.m ^ | April 7, 2018 | Dennis Avery
    Democrats in farm states are busily warning their rural neighbors that President Trump betrayed them with his tariff pressures, which may especially impact U.S. farm exports to China. China has imposed a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans, wheat, beef, pork and some other food products. Will this ruin American farm prices? Be of good cheer. The world prices for soybeans and beef are set by global supply and demand. Soybeans and beef are essentially commodities, not unlike oil. It doesn’t really matter whether China buys American soybeans or Brazilian beans because both those countries are willing sellers. If...
  • Farmers Hit Hard As Trump Backs Big Oil

    04/04/2018 2:48:40 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 68 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-04-2018 | hoi
    The Trump administration seems to be leaning towards allying with the oil refining industry in its fight against Big Corn and federal rules requiring the use of corn ethanol. Reuters reports that the U.S. EPA apparently granted an exemption to Andeavor, a large oil refiner, from having to comply with blending requirements as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) last month. The RFS requires refiners to blend biofuels, such as corn ethanol, into their refined fuels. If they can’t or find it too costly, they are required to purchase credits. The law dates back to 2007 under the George...
  • Overspecialization Equals a Loss of Independence

    03/27/2018 8:25:58 AM PDT · by davikkm · 16 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    Careers are becoming more specialized than ever, and with this, we as a species are losing the ability to operate and live effectively without the support structures of the existing status quo. This is a loss of independence that is only going to get worse, and the only answer, is as ever, education. But not the “pleasant indoctrination” being enforced by our regular schools. Skills training is almost frowned upon nowadays, and even when it is not, it is specialized skills that are valued. How many of us can handle basic household electrical repairs? What about plumbing, carpentry, and even...
  • More Hobby Farms Means More Maimed Farmers

    01/12/2018 7:33:25 AM PST · by fishtank · 78 replies
    Industrial Equipment News ^ | 11-29-2017 | Rick Callahan
    More Hobby Farms Means More Maimed Farmers The risk of serious injury or death has always been a part of farming. CONTRIBUTOR: Rick Callahan INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Phil Jacobs was just a teenager when his parents bought a scenic Kentucky farm with hayfields, forests, creeks, trails and a view of the Ohio River. Decades later, he still spent time there, maintaining the property as a second job and using its campsite for family getaways. The Lawrenceburg, Indiana, anesthesiologist was removing dying ash trees in June 2015 when his tractor overturned as he was pulling a tree up a hill. He...
  • 26 Years Later, a President Hears Rural America

    01/09/2018 5:49:15 AM PST · by smileyface · 18 replies
    The White House ^ | Jan 8 2018
    Our farmers deserve a government that serves their interest and empowers them to do the hard work that they love to do so much. President Donald J. Trump On January 13, 1992, President George H. W. Bush stepped to the podium at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The president had just returned from a 12-day trip across Asia, and he used his Farm Bureau speech to discuss what the future of trade might look like in a post-Soviet world. “Our Asian allies understand that we don’t want handouts or a home-field trade advantage,” President...
  • (Video) President Trump speech in Nashville, TN. today

    01/08/2018 8:17:19 PM PST · by vladimir998 · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/8/2018 | President Donald J. Trump
    January 8, 2018. Farm Bureau Federation's 99th Annual.
  • Why depression and suicide are rampant among American farmers

    12/16/2017 2:52:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 16, 2017 | Salena Zito
    NORWALK, WIS. — Not long ago, a local farmer here plunged into a depression so intense that he could barely muster the strength to leave his bed. The 40-something father of eight went dark for weeks, despite the enormous amount of daily work needed to keep his family farm going. “If you are running a small farm, you still have to get up and milk the cows. You got to go put the crops in. There are demands that nature doesn’t let you forget,” explained Jerry Menn, a farmer and doctor who was familiar with his friend’s crisis. “His massive...
  • 13 states launch new legal challenge to California egg law

    12/04/2017 4:42:48 PM PST · by Mariner · 67 replies
    AP via KCRA (Sacramento) ^ | December 4th, 2017 | Unattributed
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a dozen states banded together Monday to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages. In a lawsuit filed directly to the high court, the states allege that California's law has cost consumers nationwide up to $350 million annually because of higher egg prices since it took effect in 2015. The lawsuit argues that California's requirements violate the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and are pre-empted by federal law. A federal appeals court...