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.
I like the idea of barter; I just haven't been able to make it work, yet. I say this because 7.5 years ago Iof a working, small-scale food community. The point is that for many home-made food processes, doing it in bulk is often easier than small quantities, and that means you hav...
There's nothing new about it
Stripped down, what Folta and his co-author, Harry J Klee, propose is that plant breeders "can now turn to the consumer for guidance in defining critical desires,...