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Practice of feeding birds isn’t just ‘for the birds’

Bird-feeding is contributing to a significant agricultural enterprise – the annual production of a million tons of birdseed according to the Cornell University Ornithology Lab. About 25 percent of commercial sunflower production is used for birdseed. Millet, cracked corn, sesame seeds, many fruits, suet (solidified beef or pork fat), and niger thistle seed – and […]

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April Fish Day?

While the exact origins remain a mystery, for many a century, 1st of April has been celebrated as April Fools day. Some believe it had its roots in the sixteenth century when, by order of the Council of Trent, France switched to the Gregorian calendar, which moved the beginning of the calendar year back to […]

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Dumping milk? Consider these recommendations

One practical utilization for unshipped milk is land application. While direct land application of milk would be possible, there are several reasons it is recommended that the milk be mixed with manure first. The same high nutrient value of milk that makes it such a valued food source also comes into play when disposing of […]

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Half Your Plate

Ever thought, “Gee, I should eat more veggies, but I have no time!,” or “I have no clue how to cook a squash, I’ll just stick with salad” ? Then Half Your Plate was developed for you! Half Your Plate is a healthy living alternative empowering Canadians of all ages to more eat fruits and […]

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Organic: Still a trend-setter in food and agriculture

Today’s increasingly sophisticated and knowledgeable consumers are demanding ones. They want their food to be clean, transparent, fresh and sustainable. They’re looking for high-quality food that has been grown and raised in environmentally friendly and animal humane ways. Those traits are all identified with organic, and organic sales have reached unprecedented levels around the world. […]

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A lucky fish?

The Asian arowana is a freshwater fish distributed geographically across Southwest Asia. Certain varieties of the Asian arowana have become one of the world’s most expensive aquarium additions. Habitat loss continues to make some varieties of this slowly reproducing species endangered in the wild. An albino adult, which can grow up to 3 feet or […]

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Coffee, but not as you know it

In a world of alternatives – whether it’s oat ‘milk’, meatless ‘meat’, or elderberry flavoured tea, it should come as no surprise that an alternative ‘coffee bean’ has also emerged. Peanut coffee resembles traditional coffee in the way it smells, tastes and the way it is prepared. As peanuts are legumes much like coffee beans, mimicking […]

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Farmers: The Original Environmentalists

With increasing intention and intensity, farmers are being vilified by many—including those in the environmental, scientific and policymaking communities—as enemies of our planet, as indiscriminate polluters and wasters of our air, soil and water resources. However, for anyone who has ever walked a field with a multi-generational family farmer and seen the pride that comes […]

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What is oat milk?

Oat milk is milk made from oats — not a hard name to decipher. But there is something special about oat milk compared to other alternative milks: It’s actually thick and creamy like full-fat cow’s milk, but without the same amount of fat, calories and lactose in dairy milk. Other plant-based milks, such as almond and […]

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Grow local: Singapore’s ’30 by 30′ goal to produce 30 per cent of its nutritional needs locally by 2030

With global panic buying, some countries moving towards food protectionism and more nations going into lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, food security has been thrust into the spotlight. Local production helps mitigate reliance on imports and serves as a buffer during supply disruptions to import sources, which contributes to our food security. According to the […]

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Consumers should not wash fruits and vegetables with detergent or soap

Pre-soaking produce in soapy water or washing it with soap could lead to health problems, such as mild gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. That’s because produce is porous, so it can absorb soap. These products are not approved or labeled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on […]

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“Organic” an important agricultural trend in Germany

Organic agriculture aims to produce healthy food while protecting natural ecosystems. Almost 34,000 farms (which corresponds to 12.6 percent of all agricultural businesses) managed an area of ​​over 1.6 million hectares in Germany in 2019, and 10.1 percent more than a tenth German acreage according to the rules of organic farming. From 2008 to 2019, […]

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What Are Bioproducts?

Bioproducts are defined as naturally occurring living organisms (bacteria, fungi, nematodes, insects, plants, etc.) and extracts of living organisms, used to control pests and diseases, enhance growth of and protect plants and animals in indoor and outdoor environments. Bioproducts basically fall into two categories – Biocontrol agents (or products) and Biostimulants. Biological control – or […]

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Sustainable Inputs Drive South Africa’s Quest for Thriving Ag Market

Agriculture comprises 2.7% of South Africa’s GDP, employs 4.6% of its labor force of 22.2 million (of its 59-million-strong population), and is dominated by production of corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, and vegetables. Biopesticides, like in many developed ag economies, are in the nascent stage in South Africa and present untapped growth in Integrated Pest Management […]

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Changing the fate of tons of fruit waste

Reducing waste in the fruit industry and taking care of the environment has been a central goal of the industry worldwide, and Chile’s new biodegradable plastic has been developed to further those efforts. The innovation – called NatPol – was created through a fermentation process in which scientists transformed fruit residue into plastics. Using waste […]

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AGRICULTURE: A Guide to Alternative Delivery Systems for Local Producers

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts local food systems, local farmers and markets must adapt to ensure consumers can access fresh, nutritious food. There are numerous ways that local producers can offer products to consumers while practicing social distancing, and farmers’ markets can make adjustments to minimize community spread of COVID-19. Alternative delivery system options includes […]

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Pesticide Fear Is Ill-Founded and Harmful to Public Health

There is nothing inherently wrong with sharing information with the public about the presence of pesticide residues in food. Consumers are constantly asking for greater transparency about the food they eat. However, it is also critical to provide consumers with context for such information. Consumers should not be afraid of the food they eat. Instead […]

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What is food loss and food waste?

Food loss is the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by food suppliers in the chain, excluding retailers, food service providers and consumers. Food waste refers to the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by retailers, food service providers and consumers. Reducing food loss […]

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Indian govt exempts agriculture-farming, allied activities from Covid-19 lockdown

Government has granted relaxation in the nationwide lockdown for activities related to agriculture-farming and allied activities with a view to address problems being faced by the farming community. Categories exempted from the lockdown include agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, markets operated by the agriculture produce market committee, farming operations by farmers and farm workers […]

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Is factory farming to blame for coronavirus?

Starting in the 1990s, as part of its economic transformation, China ramped up its food production systems to industrial scale. One side effect of this was that smallholding farmers were undercut and pushed out of the livestock industry. Searching for a new way to earn a living, some of them turned to farming “wild” species […]

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Revolutionary Carbon Foam from Wood

Carbon foam — a stiff, porous structure formed from a web of carbon atoms — is the stuff of manufacturers’ dreams. The breakthrough material is strong but lightweight, non-flammable and able to maintain its performance at high temperatures, and capable of absorbing sound and radiation. This unique combination of traits means carbon foam is brimming […]

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Can cows be used to fight coronavirus?

Bovine plasma donors genetically engineered to produce human antibodies are in the front lines of the struggle against coronavirus. SAB Biotherapeutics, a biotechnology company injects cows with a noninfectious part of the virus, causing them to produce fully human antibodies that will actually neutralize and bind to the live virus. Since the cows are born […]

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Coronavirus measures could cause global food shortage, UN warns

Protectionist measures by national governments during the coronavirus crisis could provoke food shortages around the world. Empty shelves in supermarkets should not be much of a concern. It is not a supply problem – it is a logistics problem. There is enough supply for all, as long as everyone stays calm and stops hoarding. We […]

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Producers shouldn’t change planting plans

Livestock, grain and energy, mainly oil, prices and the stock market have dropped so dramatically because of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, and not because of a supply and demand issue. This situation is unprecedented, so people don’t know what to expect and tend to think of the worst-case scenario. Don’t change your plans […]

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Farming the Countryside: Talking Technology

If you’re looking for ways to better use technology on your farm, or you’re wanting to know what can bring return on investment (ROI), precision technology could be the ticket. As in the case of corn crop, the plants should come up within 48 hours of each other. If that last one comes up 64 […]