Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tuesday Links +

Tuesday informational news links "with a holistic view" are a weekly feature here at Big Picture Agriculture.

In a new development, scientists at the University of California Davis have issued a warning to master gardeners throughout the state that the tomato leafminer "will eventually establish in California, where it is likely to become a serious threat to tomato production." | Southeast Farm Press

Experts warn booming seaweed industry - Beyond sushi wrap: Expanding number of valuable uses drives astonishing growth of seaweed farming; Experts urge burgeoning industry to learn lessons from agriculture, fisheries | Eurekalert

H&M page September 2016
FIBER: Fast fashion is creating an environmental crisis | Newsweek

The Veggie Burger’s Ascent | NYTs
I like how Dan Barber is topping his off with bacon. I've always considered bacon a vegetable, too.

Vegetables and Pulses Outlook Report | USDA
(Dry edible pea and lentil production is significantly up.)

Also includes "An Overview of Organic Vegetable Production in the United States"
In 2014, the United States was the world’s largest market for organic foods valued at $30.5 billion, followed by Germany ($8.9 billion), France ($5.4 billion), and China ($4.2 billion) (Willer and Lernoud, 2015). Also in 2011, the United States had 5.4 million acres of organic agricultural land, which accounted for a 0.6 percent total of its agricultural land (USDA- ERS, 2013). From 2008 to 2014 sales from organic farming in the United States grew an average of 12 percent annually, from $3.2 billion in 2008 to $5.5 billion in 2014. However, this growth did not occur evenly and has been driven mainly by organic vegetable and fruit production.

Agricultural policy models in different parts of the world | AHDB UK
For policy makers and wonks this is quite a valuable resource, as it describes how different country's policies have affected farmers and production economics. For example, about New Zealand, which abandoned its price supports in 1984, it says, "The New Zealand reforms show that agricultural markets do adjust by themselves and that farmers do not bear all the costs of reforms. In particular, land markets adjust to the expected flow of net returns and land values will find their market levels."

A survey of Australian grain growers suggests a dramatic increase in pulse plantings, including 50 per cent more chickpeas than 2015. | ABC

Modest corn and soybean yield gains, broadleaf weed control and improved soil health were among the benefits the 2,200 respondents reported in the fourth annual cover crop survey. | AgriNews

‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes | Wash-Post

Blue Apron’s “Farm Egg” makes me question everything | TechCrunch

16 percent of New Hampshire dairy farmers have shut down over the past eight months due to low prices and drought. | AP

Statistics: all about rented farmland in the U.S. | Feedstuffs

USDA made $11.7 million egg purchase August 24th | Feedstuffs

500 Cows Rustled from New Zealand Farm in Unusual Case | AgWeb

Boulder's Philip Taylor, a research biologist, is working on using black soldier flies for sustainable fish and animal feed. | 5280
Note that this research operation is happening at Black Cat Farm, the innovative Boulder County Farm that I covered here a few years ago, which is coincidentally featured on this right sidebar as "This Month's Featured post".

With Water In Short Supply, One California Farmer Grows Feed Indoors | NPRs the Salt

Nigeria's massive importation of food, especially, rice, wheat, sugar and fish, has continued to bleed the nation's economy, with the four items accounting for a whopping N1 trillion loss to the nation annually. | AllAfrica

Urban Agriculture and the New Meaning of “Eating Local” | Vogue Magazine
It is interesting to see a fashion magazine cover urban and sustainable farming and food systems, featuring a model in Brooklyn.

How the domestic chicken rose to define the Anthropocene | The Guardian

Ag's Wise Men Talk Risk | DTN

Morrisons cuts meat prices as UK supermarket wars rage on | Fast FT

Companies have now spent billions of dollars — including a lot of tax dollars — trying to make commercial cellulosic ethanol a reality. | Forbes

Liquid Fertilizers Market Growth to 2021 led by Foliar Mode | PR Newswire Europe

How Cities Are Tackling Their Enormous Food Waste Problem | Fast CoExist

Few rules protect trees from bulldozers | DesMoines Register

What The World’s Healthiest Diets Have In Common | Huff-Post
Whenever you see a study that claims health benefits, ask yourself if they've factored in activity level, and then remember that sitting is the new smoking. (What the diets have in common is WALKING a lot.)

New book: Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations | Amazon
This is by fellow Boulderite, Nicholas Carr, and is about being seduced by lies about technology, its uses, its unintended consequences. (slightly but not altogether off-topic)

It’s easy to become obese in America. These 7 charts explain why. | VOX

Oregon State permaculture in action | Corvallis Advocate

Case IH Autonomous Concept Farming Tractor Video:

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