We had a quick trip to Venice a few weeks ago, which included a good mix of the old and the new. A new restaurant was the Antica Osteria Ruga Rialto, a favourite haunt of a new friend. Having eaten cuttlefish twice already, I decided to try something new, green gnocchi with shrimps.
There was a teeny squawk on Twitter today when Tim Lang shared a graph of how the global harvest of cereals is divided up.
Look how use of cereals to feed animals has grown:— Professor Tim Lang (@ProfTimLang) January 30, 2018
This is the graph he showed:
My old mucker Luigi was quick to po...
At least in theory
A paper just published in Nature Geoscience has terrific news for anyone worried about the sustainability of agriculture.1 It should be possible to grow 10% more calories and 19% more protein while simultaneously using 14% less rainwater and 12% less irrigation water. And that, the authors say "would feed an additional 825 million people".
If you're messing with the data, you're sunk
Editing the recent podcast onwas far harder than I expected it to be, mostly because I had to cut away stuff that is important, but just didn’t fit. Much of that was about how, in time honoured tradition, antibiotic manufacturers and veterinarians sowed doubts about who was to blame for what. Here’s a bit of that. Claas Kirchhelle’s paper uncovers a lot more.