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Rodman to step down as Kansas agriculture secretary - Topeka Capital Journal

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Rodman to step down as Kansas agriculture secretary
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Sam Brownback decided to promote Monday the deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture to replace the outgoing secretary.
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Robot cow-herder a hit with farmers

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Robots could be used in the future to round up cows on dairy farms, according to researchers.

A four-wheeled device, known as Rover, has been tested by a team at Sydney University. It was used to move a herd of cows from a field to a dairy.

Researchers were amazed at how easily cows accepted the presence of the robot.

They were not fazed by it and the herding process was calm and effective, they said.

Because the robot moved in a steady manner it allowed cows to move at their own speed which was important in reducing lameness among cattle, Dr Kendra Kerrisk, dairy researcher and associate professor, told the BBC.

Robots are already used in the milking process but the team wanted to see if they could be used in other areas of dairy farming.

The robot was adapted from one that was already being used to monitor fruit and trees on farms. A team at Sydney University's Centre for Field Robotics modified the robot so that it could be put in a field with cows in order for the researchers to gather data on robot-bovine interaction.

The prototype needs to be operated by a human but it's hoped that in the future a version can be developed that will be fully automated.

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As well as herding cows a new version could also collect information useful for farmers.

According to the research team, the robot could be used at night to move slowly through the maternity paddock monitoring cows that are due to calve. It could also be used to gather data on soil and detect problems with electric fences.

 

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Ferrying perishables to Dubai - DAWN.com

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Ferrying perishables to Dubai DAWN.com “My intention is not to cast anyone in a negative light, as, in my view, everyone from farmers to retailers in local and overseas markets share the blame for not doing enough to build credibility and to adjust...
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Study Reveals what Really Makes up Fast Food Chicken Nuggets

Study Reveals what Really Makes up Fast Food Chicken Nuggets | from the Seed to the Plate | Scoop.it
Recently, a study made waves when it revealed fast food chicken nuggets are a whole lot less chicken meat and much more “other” in construction.

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Jonesborough enters partnership with farmers market - Johnson City Press (subscription)

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Johnson City Press (subscription) Jonesborough enters partnership with farmers market Johnson City Press (subscription) The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday voted to enter a partnership with the nonprofit Jonesborough Farmers...
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Tomato prices touches Rs 80 per kg - The Economic Times

Tomato prices touches Rs 80 per kg - The Economic Times | from the Seed to the Plate | Scoop.it
After onion, retail prices of tomatoes have soared up to Rs 80 per kg in the national capital on lower supplies from Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. (Veggies seem to be on an one-upmanship trip. Now after Onions - Tomatoes touch Rs 80 a kg.
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Beef retail price increase less subtle than competitors

Beef retail price increase less subtle than competitors | from the Seed to the Plate | Scoop.it
Consumer meat prices increased by between one and six percent compared to a year earlier in September, but beef prices remain steady compared to increases for pork and poultry.
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Fast-food experts analyze 5427 kids' meals -- only 33 are healthful - Los Angeles Times

Fast-food experts analyze 5427 kids' meals -- only 33 are healthful - Los Angeles Times | from the Seed to the Plate | Scoop.it
WTNH Fast-food experts analyze 5427 kids' meals -- only 33 are healthful Los Angeles Times It's not often that the so-called food cops have kind words for the fast-food industry, but there are a few of them in a new report on the offerings from...
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Leicester food park to create 80 food industry jobs - FoodManufacture.co.uk

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It will contain nine high-quality food grade units, varying in size between 92.9m2 and 464.5m2.
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BBC - Horizon - The Truth About Vitamins

The Truth About Vitamins (2004) Are vitamins doing us any good? Could they even be dangerous? Every year we spend £300 million on vitamin supplements, but do...

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Ben & Jerry's to go 100% GMO-Free by 2014, Company Says

Ben & Jerry's to go 100% GMO-Free by 2014, Company Says | from the Seed to the Plate | Scoop.it
One of many companies either labeling or avoiding GMOs, Ben & Jerry's has announced that it will complete stop using GMOs in their ice cream by 2014.

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5 Surprising Things You Can Buy With Food Stamps - TIME

5 Surprising Things You Can Buy With Food Stamps - TIME | from the Seed to the Plate | Scoop.it

Reductions in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, automatically kick in today as a result of the expiration of provisions the 2009 stimulus bill. Meanwhile, Congressional leaders are debating what further cuts will be made to the program as part of negotiations over the farm bill. Republicans are pushing to make benefits less generous and to increase work requirements; Democrats disagree.

An issue that hasn’t gotten as much attention during these debates is what food-stamp recipients are able to buy with their benefits. Public health advocates like Michele Simon have long argued that the lack of restrictions on the types of food aid-recipients can buy has helped fuel an American health crisis caused by unhealthy eating. Writes Simon:

“Much attention has focused on how agricultural subsidies fuel our cheap, unhealthy food supply. In reality, the largest and most overlooked taxpayer subsidy to Big Food in the farm bill is SNAP, which now represents more than ten percent of all grocery spending.”

So what exactly can SNAP recipients buy with their benefits? There are a few restrictions, against alcohol, and tobacco for instance. But curiously, most junk food is fair game, calling into question whether the “nutrition” in SNAP means much to lawmakers at all. Here are just a few of the items one can buy:

Red BullSugary SodaCandyMixes for alcoholic beveragesArtificial sweetener
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Australia blocks sale of GrainCorp to US food giant - Channel NewsAsia

Australia blocks sale of GrainCorp to US food giant - Channel NewsAsia | from the Seed to the Plate | Scoop.it
The Australian government rejected Friday the multi-billion dollar sale of GrainCorp to American agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) as not in the national interest.
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Shocked Heinz growers may seek millions of dollars in compensation

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Tomato growers will want millions of dollars in compensation from Heinz for leaving Leamington, Walter Brown, a Leamington farmer who has grown tomatoes for Heinz for 47 years, said Thursday.

“I guess these people just come along and devastate communities and they do what they have to do I guess. It leaves you very angry,” Brown said of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the Brazilian investment company 3G Capital which own Heinz.

Brown, who serves as a director with the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, expects farmers  — about 46 grew for Heinz — will ask for or sue for compensation for their expenses from specialized equipment to money already spent on fertilizer and preparing the fields for next spring.

 

“Growers have a huge investment and over the years have invested in land and machinery and now have spent money on inputs for next year. I think that we’ll look into having growers be compensated for that.”

Brown said growers spent millions of dollars on a water pipeline from Lake Erie to irrigate fields, hundreds of thousands of dollars on research and had doubled their yields over the last 20 years while keeping costs competitive on a world market. “We have basically done everything that should keep an industry alive and well and now it’s gone or cut in half.”

About $25 million worth of tomatoes are grown each year by farmers for the Leamington plant, which accounts for almost half of Ontario’s more than $50 million processing-tomato crop.

Heinz Canada contracts with 46 farmers who grow tomatoes on about 5,000 acres within 100 kilometres of the Leamington plant.

Other tomato processors in Ontario already have their own growers, so the Heinz farmers can’t just switch to one of the other seven smaller processors. Farmers can grow other crops, such as soybeans or corn, but those are not worth nearly as much and specialized planters and harvesters worth hundreds of thousands of dollars will be idled.

Brown said it is like the shock of a family member dying and it will take time to process what it means to Leamington.

Four generations  of the Palichuk family supplied tomatoes to the H.J. Heinz plant. Peter Palichuk was one of the first growers for the plant, which started in 1909 and was making ketchup by 1910. His grandson, Wayne Palichuk, 58, said his son Shawn is now the last Heinz grower in the family.

“In the back of your mind you tried to be more optimistic about it, that it wasn’t going to happen, but it happened.”

Wayne Palichuk was the chairman of a group of 13 tomato farmers that got a more than $10 million pipeline built in 2009 to carry water from Lake Erie to their Leamington fields. It can be used to irrigate tomatoes for other processors and other crops such as potatoes and seed corn but one of the reason for the award-winning innovative 36 kilometre pipeline was to keep yields consistent and keep Heinz here. It will make it difficult for the Heinz growers trying to pay back their share of the cost.

“It’s a blow. It really is,” a shocked Palichuk said.

He said he feels bad for the employees. It’s too early to speculate what will happen with compensation for growers or whether another processor will come to that plant.

“That’s going to be the only salvation for Leamington and everybody else that works there,” he said of the hope that another company would buy the large plant.

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9 Shocking Food Facts - TIME (blog)

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9 Shocking Food Facts
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Think you know the rules about healthy foods and can pick the best-for-you fruit from the produce section? These facts might surprise you.
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In Detroit, Whole Foods working to serve whole community

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Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb led the effort to open a Whole Foods store in Midtown Detroit earlier this year.
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GMO 'Golden Rice' Fed to Chinese Children Without Warning

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GMO golden rice was created to deliver half of a child’s daily requirement of vitamin A in a single bowl, but the GMO rice is potentially dangerous.

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Lara Pérez Etayo's curator insight, November 27, 2013 7:29 AM

Un ejemplo de OMG, es la manipulacion del metabolismo secundario en plantas de arroz. El llamado Golden rice es una variedad de arroz producida por la ingeniería genética dando lugar a los precursores de beta carotenos (pro-vitamina A) debido a que se vio la falta de este tipo de Vitamina en el grano de arroz normal y se apoyo la necesidad de esta creacción de arroz con elevada cantidad de Vitamina A, para que los seres humanos no tengan déficit de dicha vitamina, puesto que esta es indispensable durante el embarazo, proviene la mortalidad y la ceguera noctura. A pesar de esto, podemos observar que muchas compaías biotecnologicas insisten en que el arroz modifcado es potencialmente peligroso 

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Color-Changing Labels Signal When Food Goes Bad [Video] - PSFK

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Insignia Technologies developed a label that tells people how long a package of food has been open.

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“smart” label that changes color over time to indicate how long a package of food has been open..

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How to make Mozzarella cheese

You buy Mozzarella cheese at the grocery store but now you can make it at home. This short video shows you how to make Mozzarella cheese. For recipes that in...

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Plant Based Nutrition: Julieanna Hever at TEDxConejo 2012

Julieanna Hever, also known as The Plant-Based Dietitian, is a passionate advocate of the miracles associated with following a whole food, plant-based diet-the established effects of which provide positive healthful benefits. Julieanna is the author of the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine. She is the co-author of the brand new book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, which she wrote with Chef Beverly Lynn Bennett.
Julieanna counsels a variety of clients throughout the world from her Los Angeles, California-based private practice including elite athletes, adults, and children with various nutritional and/or medical concerns.
Julieanna was recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show and Reluctantly Healthy, co-stars on The Chef and The Dietitian, on numerous radio shows, and has lectured extensively throughout the United States. She is published in prominent journals, magazines, blogs, and newsletters. As co-producer and star of the "infotainment" documentary To Your Health, Julieanna interviewed a host of the plant-based world's most respected doctors and researchers to bring this important information to film and television audiences. Her work as the Executive Director of EarthSave, International, has also provided an opportunity for Julieanna to bring whole food, plant-based nutrition to the forefront of efforts to improve the current global health crisis.
Julieanna received her Bachelors degree from UCLA and Masters of Science in Nutrition at California State University, Northridge, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. She has taught as part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell's eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Program, worked as a clinical dietitian at Century City Doctors Hospital, and has consulted for numerous businesses.
To learn more, visit Julieanna at her website: www.PlantBasedDietitian.com and her blog: http://toyourhealthnutrition.blogspot....


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How Agriculture Can Provide Food Security Without Destroying Biodiversity

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Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson According to conventional wisdom, the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte (pop. 2.5 million) has achieved something impossible. So, too, has the island of Cuba.
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Cyprus and Palestine draft Action Plan on agriculture cooperation - Famagusta Gazette

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Famagusta Gazette Cyprus and Palestine draft Action Plan on agriculture cooperation Famagusta Gazette Cyprus and Palestine are to strengthen their agriculture cooperation through an Action Plan signed by the Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis and...

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Cargill To Change Beef Labeling In Wake Of 'Pink Slime' Furor - Huffington Post

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Cargill To Change Beef Labeling In Wake Of 'Pink Slime' Furor
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How the Potato Changed the World

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Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers, the lowly potato gave rise to modern industrial agriculture (Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers the lowly Potato gave rise to modern industrial agriculture
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