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This Tuesday news thread is a weekly feature here at Big Picture Agriculture.
- Research shows how to grow more cassava, one of the world’s key food crops | The Conversation
- Meet the German movement to transform agriculture; An estimated 18,000 people recently took to the streets in Berlin to show support for small-scale farmers and wholesome food. Why are food politics so big in Germany? | DW
- Sequencing Poisonous Mushrooms to Potentially Create Medicine | USAgnet
- UK scientists have created a synthetic molecule that when applied to crops, has been shown to increase the size and starch content of wheat grains in the lab by up to 20%. | Black Sea Grain
- In a major improvement, nearly half of California is no longer in a drought | LA Times
- Nanoparticle fertilizer could contribute to new 'green revolution' | Phys.org
- NRCS, USFWS Partner to Accelerate Conservation on Agricultural Lands for the Monarch Butterfly | USDA Bandaid alert! I'd say they're missing the forest for the trees, or, the grasslands for the corn, soy, and ethanol policies, in this case.
- Plant biologists are using robots and high tech for data collection | Nature
- From flask to field: How tiny microbes are revolutionizing big agriculture | SF Gate
- Korean Natural Farming Methods | Tribune Media [See how it's being considered in Hawaii]
- In a new study biochar helps yields, but only in the short term; Adding biochar to a farm's field is an irreversible decision, so understanding its long-term impacts is essential for farmers to make informed decisions. | UC Davis
- Oregon Agriculture Officials Take Aim At Japanese Beetle | OPB
- It is estimated that between 2,000 and 5,000 litres of water are needed to produce a person’s daily food. | IPS News
- Farming the sea - Maine’s aquaculture industry grows through research, innovation and collaboration | U Maine Today
- John and Beverly Gilbert will receive 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award from Practical Farmers of Iowa | Practical Farmers Quote: “The mindset has gotten so focused on raising corn and beans that not many understand the potential of this landscape to support people. I have long thought that if we can’t replace the number of people we have farming, there are serious problems ahead for society. Rural culture is fading fast in many places – and throughout history, rural areas produced the people who have innovated, been leaders and really made a difference long-term in the greater society.”
- Corn turning French hamsters into deranged cannibals: research | Phys.org
- Lessons From The Bug Factory: How Tiny Farms Is Redefining The Cricket Business | Forbes
- Winter farming in high demand thanks to farm-to-table movement; Farmers in colder areas increasingly use greenhouses to provide local produce | The Denver Post Low tech greenhouses are very efficient season extenders. We need more!
- Problems with today's lack of standards in labeling "whole grains" foods and as a result, people aren't getting enough whole grain in their diets | TIME
- Is souping the new juicing? | Food Navigator Cold soups in a bottle for more dietary fiber.
SCIENCE PICK BONUS (Might this be a game-changer?):
Advance in high-pressure physics; Harvard scientists announce they've created metallic hydrogen, which has been just a theory | Harvard Gazette
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