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Posts tagged with "Agriculture"

  • The Story of Soy
    Christine M. Du Bois

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    PODCAST: Q&A with Christine Du Bois, author of The Story of Soy

    What do Buddhist missionaries, Henry Ford, and Greenpeace all have in common? As Christine Du Bois reveals in her new book, the answer is the humble soybean. This week on the Science podcast, Du Bois discusses soy’s vital role in human history, from its ancient domestication and ascendance as an agricultural staple to its emerging… Read More
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    Food Evolution

    Francis Nanzin is a Ugandan subsistence farmer whose crops are among the half of Uganda’s banana trees that have been wiped out by a bacterial disease known as banana wilt. In Food Evolution, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Francis’s face lights up as local scientists show her the disease-resistant banana trees they have created through… Read More
  • Never Out of Season: How Having the Food We Want When We Want It Threatens Our Food Supply and Our Future
    Rob Dunn

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    PODCAST: Q&A with Rob Dunn, author of Never Out of Season

    With little regard for pests and pathogens, we increasingly rely on a dwindling diversity of crops to keep us fed. This week on the Science podcast, Jennifer Golbeck interviews biologist Rob Dunn about the risks facing staple food crops and the precarious state of modern food production.   Read More
  • Chickenizing Farms and Food: How Industrial Meat Production Endangers Workers, Animals, and Consumers
    Ellen K. Silbergeld

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    An insider’s guide to animal agriculture

    On a Sunday morning trip to the farmer’s market, I joyfully saunter up to a woman selling local free-range organic poultry: The chickens run free for the duration of their lives! No antimicrobial drugs or growth hormones are administered! The chickens are slaughtered as humanely as possible! How could I not support this alternative to… Read More
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    Can You Dig This

    City residents living in “food deserts” lack easy access to grocery stores or other healthy food options. This situation disproportionately occurs in low-income communities, lowering overall public health and exacerbating inequality. Ron Finley of South Los Angeles, one of the primary subjects of Can You Dig This, paints an even grimmer picture. He likens the… Read More
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    Good Things Await

    This Danish film paints Niels Stokholm’s biodynamic farm Thorshøjgaard into a picture of hyperbolic beauty: sweeping shots of verdant landscape, sensitive close-ups of leaves dripping with morning dew, and sumptuous sunsets, all accompanied by goose-bump-raising vocals of an a capella choir. First developed by philosopher Rudolf Steiner (whose thick tome on the subject Stokholm keeps… Read More