Category Archives: Agriculture

Bomb Harvest – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomb_Harvest I stumbled across this documentary tonight, and wound up watching the entire thing from the very edge of my seat. It’s “face” is a very personal Australian ex-soldier who works in Laos, training crews on dismantling the unexploded ordinance that has littered the country since the Vietnam War. (I found it both puzzling and […]

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Hemp – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp Most of the Stumblers commenting on this article are of the 420 persuasion. In my usual status as lame-o, I’m more interested in the potential of hemp to affect heavy-polluting industries like paper and clothing. Sadly, it’s still considered an illegal crop in the US, apparently thanks to the selfish politicking of William Randolph […]

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The U.S. Has No Remaining Grain Reserves Four Winds 10 – fourwinds10.com

http://fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/health/food/news.php?q=1212803067 It’s crappy article day on the SU system, apparently. Here, the alarming and not-necessarily-untrue story is presented to us that the US grain reserve’s pantry is empty. I’d be more inclined to believe this, however, if the site purporting it to be true wasn’t also claiming to have two recorded instances of interstellar vehicles, […]

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About Food

http://www.bordbia.ie/go/Consumers/About_Food/Vegetables/Availability/ This little fruit/veg seasonal chart is awesome. I’d love to get one for Ontario produce, but with an addendum for all the weird, exotic produce easily found in Toronto’s Asian grocery stores.

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minifarmhomestead.com

http://www.minifarmhomestead.com/ This isn’t the best of small-farming websites, but there’s some neat information to be gleaned nonetheless. (Just avoid the section on which gun to choose, and choice of bullet as determined by “stopping power.”)

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A dog man gets a cat. – By Jon Katz – Slate Magazine

http://www.slate.com/id/2133625?nav/navoa/ I’m enjoying the Slate articles by Jon Katz, about whom I know nothing except that he appears to be a city slicker with a hobby farm. His writings about the farm’s animal residents reveal a lack farming experience and a very metropolitan manner, but sweetly mixed with a tendency to anthropomorphise and capture little […]

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060729/ap_on_re_us/northern_plains_drought_5 More than 60 percent of the United States now has abnormally dry or drought conditions, stretching from Georgia to Arizona and across the north through the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin, said Mark Svoboda, a climatologist for the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. I love that, with news […]

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http://www.agron.iastate.edu/courses/agron342/diamondmistake.html Intriguing argument that my theme du jour links in to “the worst mistake in human history,” the rise of agricultural society from the hunting-gathering traditions of prehistory: “At this point it’s instructive to recall the common complaint that archaeology is a luxury, concerned with the remote past, and offering no lessons for the present. […]

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Fias Co Farm- graphic and logo design, cheesemaking, dairy goats

http://fiascofarm.com/ I fully admit this will likely appeal to no stumbler but me: On the VERY off-chance that anyone else out there is interested in goat farming, this page is an excellent, complete resource.

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Why the Red Delicious No Longer Is

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/04/AR2005080402194_pf.html Another example of greed dictating (literally) public taste… or in this case, lack thereof. I don’t like Red Delicious apples, but I would never have guessed that their awful taste was due less to natural reasons than ‘manufactured’ ones: “Who’s to blame for the decline of Red Delicious? Everyone, it seems. Consumers were drawn […]

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