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The Race to Re-Learn Hemp Farming

The Race to Re-Learn Hemp Farming

Angela Post wasn’t supposed to study hemp. The North Carolina State agriculture researcher focuses on small grains like wheat and barley. But after the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to investigate hemp, it became clear the seeds were lucrative. Post had the right equipment to study them, so the job was hers. The bill legalizes…
In spite of Obstacles, the Seed Library Motion Is Growing

In spite of Obstacles, the Seed Library Motion Is Growing

Until the early 1800s, U.S. farmers either saved seed from their own crops or obtained it through personal networks. Visual: Wikimedia Commons Thanksgiving may be uniquely American, but its core spirit was exported from harvest festivals stretching back for millennia. Its essence is being grateful for what one has, while noting a duty to share…
Actually Sustainable Meals Means Realizing The place It’s From

Actually Sustainable Meals Means Realizing The place It’s From

Our demand for soy comes at the expense of important natural habitats, particularly in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, where more than half of the world’s soy is produced. Visual: Wikimedia Commons Our food is eating up the world’s tropical forests, thanks to growing global trade in agricultural commodities from tropical countries. Land for agricultural production…
To Adjust to an Altering Environment, Kyrgyzstan Restores Its Nomadic Past

To Adjust to an Altering Environment, Kyrgyzstan Restores Its Nomadic Past

Aprelude to the growing season, the last week of May usually marks the onset of summer in Kyrgyzstan, a mountainous Central Asian republic about the size of Nebraska. In preparation for the hotter months ahead, flock-owners gather their sheep and shave off their wooly winter fleeces. Farmers and herders make up a third of the…
The Hidden Disaster Of Typhoon Michael And Georgia Farming – How It Impacts You

The Hidden Disaster Of Typhoon Michael And Georgia Farming – How...

From Florida to Virginia, states are recovering from multiple punches thrown at them by Hurricane Michael. Meteorologically, Michael had the third-lowest pressure reading of any storm to strike the United States mainland. At 919 millibars, it ranks behind an unnamed Labor Day hurricane (1935) and Hurricane Camille (1969). The jaw-dropping images coming from Mexico Beach,…
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