In the Bigger Picture…. Friday Edition

14 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . Compost is in high demand in California, because increasing compost by one percent on one acre of soil can save more than 16,500 gallons of water.

By Allie Rasmus for KTVU


2 . Industrial Corn Farming: Ruining Health, Polluting Watersheds.

By Donald Scavia, Graham Professor of Sustainability at University of Michigan


3 . To MSG or not to MSG? That is the question.

by Bethany Jean Clement for SeattleTimes


4 . National almond, walnut and pistachio crops are very thirsty, and predominantly grown in drought-stricken California; if you’re looking for other nut alternatives, consider these.

by Melissa Breyer for Treehugger


5 . Scientists from Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States describe the research they conducted on organic and conventional farms to arrive at dollar values for natural processes that aid farming and that can substitute for costly fossil fuel-based inputs.

by Washington State University for Phys.org


6 . A new paradigm for senior living is rising in famously lavish Singapore—one in which baby boomers can age in a comfortable environment that aids their mental and physical well-being through growing their own food.

by Christa Avampato for Seedstock


7 . If you’re looking for cheese and dairy substitutes, this article’s for you.

by Willow Jarosh and Stephanie Clarke for Huff-Post


8 . A DELIGHTFUL 4 MINUTE VIDEO: INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective.

Youtube


9 . The organic farming movement in Maine.

by BY LORI VALIGRA for MaineBiz


10 . MUST-SEE: Kitchen Science: This video uses Peeps To Calculate The Speed Of Light.

by Adam Cole for NPR


11 . Crop insurance’s hunger for newly plowed marginal land.

by Brian DeVore for LSP


12 . Ben & Jerry’s gets some backlash for making ice cream beer.

from BizWest


13 . Manure and mysticism: Biodynamic farming turns 90.

by Ruth Krause for DW


14 . The growth of organic agriculture: Now there are 27,000+ certified organic operations around the world.

by Anne L. Alonzo for USDA blog


These links were selected by Kay McDonald. Note that Wednesday Editions of “In the Bigger Picture…” focus on general and business related subjects and Friday Editions focus on grassroots subjects. For continually updated news about agriculture, please utilize the news feeds on the right sidebar here, and on the “Latest Ag News” tab above.

1953 Delaware Farm Photo


New Castle County Deleware, 18 miles south of Wilmington on US-301, on April 21, 1953. Example of an L-shaped house. Windmills are not common in this part of the US. Most have been replaced with electric motors. Photo credit: USDA.

(Note that Thursday is Luddite Photo Day at B.P.A.)

In the Bigger Picture….

10 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . Are we undergoing a global transition from worrying that we can’t produce enough food, to the prospect of producing “too much?”

by Daryll Ray and Harwood Schaffer for Policy Pennings


2 . California’s water woes could be the spark the rest of the country needs to turn more to growing food — locally and sustainably.

Editorial for The NewMexican


3 . The Environmental Protection Agency has accepted a settlement with the oil industry association groups by agreeing to a November 30 deadline for setting requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

by Jacqui Fatka for Feedstuffs


4 . Why it doesn’t pay to be a small farmer in India.

by Subodh Varma for The Times of India


5 . Vertical farming: A hot new area for investors.

by Craig Lawson for CNBC


6 . RECOMMENDED BOOK: Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart’s Green Revolution.

by Edward Humes


7 . Evidence of the new mastrevirus, tentatively named switchgrass mosaic-associated virus 1, has been discovered by researchers for the first time in North America.

from University of Illinois for ScienceDaily


8 . GRAPHIC: Gallons of water to produce foods – related to California’s drought.

by Flowing Data


9 . Sales of medically important antibiotics in the United States for use in livestock jumped by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013.

P.J. Huffstutter for Reuters


10 . Global agencies call for urgent action to avoid irreversible groundwater depletion.

from FAO


These links were selected by Kay McDonald. Note that Wednesday Editions of “In the Bigger Picture…” focus on general and business related subjects and Friday Editions focus on grassroots subjects. For continually updated news about agriculture, please utilize the news feeds on the right sidebar here, and on the “Latest Ag News” tab above.