Agriculture

Agriculture

Life Is Too Short To Drink Subsidized Wine

Can the quality of California wine taste better than it already does? Apparently there’s a way to grow grapes that will do just that.   A farming experiment at ​​Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles has produced grapes that, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, are “noticeably tastier” than grapes from …

Agriculture

Fourth of July cookouts are a costly proposition

Monday is the annual celebration of freedom from the tyranny of an absentee monarchy. In 2021, the White House tweeted that a Fourth of July cookout would cost Americans $0.16 less than in 2020 and touted it as a victory. Will there be a similar tweet for 2022? As the …

Agriculture

India’s GM Crops Regulation Should Be Based on a Gene’s Effects, Not Its Source

India has a long and dubious record of regulating genetically altered crops for agriculture. While the nation began at the same time as many other countries with the same ambitious goals – to deploy new genetic engineering tools to address agricultural vulnerabilities – it has fallen behind.  Only one crop, …

Agriculture

Mental Health Awareness Month matters on the farm too

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and, with farm work in full swing, is an ideal time to check in with members of the agricultural community about how they are doing. Recent research suggests the stigma around mental health in farm country is beginning to break down, but it will …

Agriculture

Beating Back Inflation: Team Reagan vs. Team Biden

Last week, the U.S. Labor Department reported that the consumer price index (CPI), a broad measure of the prices for everyday items like groceries, rents, and gas rose 8.3 percent in April from a year ago, just below March’s surge of 8.5 percent. Could this be a sign that inflation …

Agriculture

Public trust, safety, and genetic engineering

By Henry Miller & Drew L. Kershen Although the public is almost completely unaware, today, more than three-quarters of all food crops have been directly and dramatically altered by humans using various processes, some relatively crude, by random experimentation, taking decades and even centuries, others extremely precise. Irrationally, and unrelated …

Agriculture

The U.S. Should Not Be Funding The WHO Follies

By Henry I. Miller and Jeff Stier The two-years-plus of the COVID-19 pandemic should be a wakeup call that there is something very wrong – irreparable, even – at the chronically inept World Health Organization (WHO). Two recent transgressions show that the bureaucrats there are not getting any smarter. The …

Agriculture

A Response to the “Bloomberg Doomers”

Last month, Bloomberg published  a now-infamous op-ed titled, “Inflation Stings Most if You Earn Less Than $300K. Here’s How to Deal”. Professor Teresa Ghilarducci suggests that to curb inflation, we should eat lentils instead of red meat and let our pets die instead of going to the vet. The advice …

Agriculture

Biden & Co. could ‘march in’ and kneecap America’s economy

The Biden administration may soon cripple America’s economy — inadvertently, of course. Officials are reportedly giving serious consideration to a “march-in” petition, nominally filed by a handful of cancer patients but promoted by Knowledge Ecology International, the activist group founded by Ralph Nader. The petition urges the administration to relicense …

Agriculture

More Talk, Less Action as Dry, Hot Summer Approaches

On Tuesday, Gov. Newsom travelled to Butte County where, according to a press release from his office, he discussed “impacts of the climate driven drought, including on hydropower production by state facilities, and the state’s response.” It’s part of the Governor’s campaign to promote his so-called “Save Our Water” campaign, …

Agriculture

Life Is Too Short To Drink Subsidized Wine

Can the quality of California wine taste better than it already does? Apparently there’s a way to grow grapes that will do just that.   A farming experiment at ​​Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles has produced grapes that, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, are “noticeably tastier” than grapes from …

Agriculture

Fourth of July cookouts are a costly proposition

Monday is the annual celebration of freedom from the tyranny of an absentee monarchy. In 2021, the White House tweeted that a Fourth of July cookout would cost Americans $0.16 less than in 2020 and touted it as a victory. Will there be a similar tweet for 2022? As the …

Agriculture

India’s GM Crops Regulation Should Be Based on a Gene’s Effects, Not Its Source

India has a long and dubious record of regulating genetically altered crops for agriculture. While the nation began at the same time as many other countries with the same ambitious goals – to deploy new genetic engineering tools to address agricultural vulnerabilities – it has fallen behind.  Only one crop, …

Agriculture

Mental Health Awareness Month matters on the farm too

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and, with farm work in full swing, is an ideal time to check in with members of the agricultural community about how they are doing. Recent research suggests the stigma around mental health in farm country is beginning to break down, but it will …

Agriculture

Beating Back Inflation: Team Reagan vs. Team Biden

Last week, the U.S. Labor Department reported that the consumer price index (CPI), a broad measure of the prices for everyday items like groceries, rents, and gas rose 8.3 percent in April from a year ago, just below March’s surge of 8.5 percent. Could this be a sign that inflation …

Agriculture

Public trust, safety, and genetic engineering

By Henry Miller & Drew L. Kershen Although the public is almost completely unaware, today, more than three-quarters of all food crops have been directly and dramatically altered by humans using various processes, some relatively crude, by random experimentation, taking decades and even centuries, others extremely precise. Irrationally, and unrelated …

Agriculture

The U.S. Should Not Be Funding The WHO Follies

By Henry I. Miller and Jeff Stier The two-years-plus of the COVID-19 pandemic should be a wakeup call that there is something very wrong – irreparable, even – at the chronically inept World Health Organization (WHO). Two recent transgressions show that the bureaucrats there are not getting any smarter. The …

Agriculture

A Response to the “Bloomberg Doomers”

Last month, Bloomberg published  a now-infamous op-ed titled, “Inflation Stings Most if You Earn Less Than $300K. Here’s How to Deal”. Professor Teresa Ghilarducci suggests that to curb inflation, we should eat lentils instead of red meat and let our pets die instead of going to the vet. The advice …

Agriculture

Biden & Co. could ‘march in’ and kneecap America’s economy

The Biden administration may soon cripple America’s economy — inadvertently, of course. Officials are reportedly giving serious consideration to a “march-in” petition, nominally filed by a handful of cancer patients but promoted by Knowledge Ecology International, the activist group founded by Ralph Nader. The petition urges the administration to relicense …

Agriculture

More Talk, Less Action as Dry, Hot Summer Approaches

On Tuesday, Gov. Newsom travelled to Butte County where, according to a press release from his office, he discussed “impacts of the climate driven drought, including on hydropower production by state facilities, and the state’s response.” It’s part of the Governor’s campaign to promote his so-called “Save Our Water” campaign, …

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