Ag Secretary: Smartphones Could Tell Buyers What's in Food
In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of GM foods, Secretary Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. All sorts of information could pop up, such as whether the food's ingredients include GMOs.
A Modest Proposal for Feeding Africa
The ingredients that will achieve food security in Africa are already known to us, and we already have parts of them working. Currently, average cereal yields in Africa are a little over one ton per hectare. In the UK it can be up to eight tons. Africa has places where European-level yields could be achieved. That is not the issue. It can be done, the question is how.
Freight Farms: How Boston Gets Local Greens, Even When Buried In Snow
Entrepreneurs are using those shipping containers to grow local produce. "Freight Farms" are shipping containers modified to grow stacks of hydroponic plants and vegetables. It's a new way for small-scale farmers to grow crops year-round in a computer-controlled environment, even in the middle of the city.
Farming: There's an App for That
The growing field of agricultural technology allows farmers to track herd performance, calculate fertilizer ratios and ID crop pests, all with the flick of a finger on a touch screen. These eight apps are the latest ag tech tools to help farmers improve production and increase revenue.
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International Food Policy Research Institute News, IFPRI
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One Acre Fund Blog, One Acre Fund
Overseas Development Institute Blog, Overseas Development Institute
Oxfam America Blog, Oxfam America
Preventing Postharvest Loss, ADM Institute
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WFP USA Blog, World Food Program USA
In the latest piece from the Agri-Pulse and Council collaboration, Rep. Rodney Davis and Dr. Peter Goldsmith champion efforts to improve the way we produce, enhance, and deliver technologies needed to improve our food systems.
Our 15th and final post in the 2018 Next Generation blog series is by Neeti Nayak, masters in design engineering candidate in innovation and systems design at Harvard University.
Our 14th post in the 2018 Next Generation blog series is by Longwen Chiang, MA candidate in Economics and Management at the Yenching Academy at Peking University.
Our 13th post in the Next Generation blog series is by Sulav Paudel, PhD candidate in entomology and international agriculture and development at Pennsylvania State University.
Our 12th post in the Next Generation blog series is by Millicent Yeboah-Awudzi, PhD candidate in applied plant science at Louisiana State University.
Our 11th post in the 2018 Next Generation blog series is by Becky Zhong, PhD candidate in applied plant sciences at the University of Minnesota.
In California, farmers are again faced with drought. On the east coast farmers have been struggling with incessant rain and flooding, hurting yields. For many commodities, market prices have been dismal and with years of declining farm income, many older farmers are calling it quits and walking away. As they leave, they take with them years of valuable knowledge and experience, and in many cases there is no new generation to carry on the risky endeavor. The statistics now say that less than one percent of the US population makes a living from farming or ranching. How will farmers survive today and in the years ahead?
Our 10th post in the 2018 Next Generation blog series is by Becatien Yao, a PhD candidate in agricultural economics at Kansas State University.