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Thieves In California Target Cashews Imported From Africa

Thieves In California Target Cashews Imported From Africa | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
Caro Nut, a food production company in Fresno, California, lost $1.2 million to nut thieves in 2015.

Six times, thieves stole cashews that had been imported raw to the U.S. from Africa and Vietnam, then roasted, salted and packaged in Fresno.

Nut thefts hit an all-time high in California in 2015, the Associated Press reported, according to RegisterGuard. Losses totaled $4.6 million from 31 reported cases, more than the three previous years combined, according to CargoNet, an alliance of cargo shipping firms and law enforcement agencies aimed at preventing losses.

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Cashews stolen?
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Everything you think you know about genetically modified food is about to change

Everything you think you know about genetically modified food is about to change | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
In a letter released to the public on Thursday, the US Department of Agriculture said that it won't regulate a mushroom that has been gene-edited to prevent it from turning brown.

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WarkaWater | Each drop counts

WarkaWater | Each drop counts | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
Each drop counts

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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 6, 9:13 PM

Fascinating design???

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Why Kentucky farmers are quitting tobacco and turning to hemp

A Farm Bill passed by Congress last year included an amendment granting states and universities the right to research hemp. Several states have since started...


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Revisit the Past to Move to the Future

Revisit the Past to Move to the Future | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
Over forty years ago, a visionary holistic practitioner, Ann Wigmore, postulated that our modern diet of "convenience food" was the prime cause of illness and obesity. She was the pioneer who brought...

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Explosive volcanism drove major changes in ‘Snowball Earth’ ocean chemistry | University of Southampton

Explosive volcanism drove major changes in ‘Snowball Earth’ ocean chemistry | University of Southampton | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
Around 720-640 million years ago, much of the Earth’s surface was covered in ice during a glaciation that lasted millions of years. Explosive underwater volcanoes were a major feature of this ‘Snowball Earth’, according to new research led by the University of Southampton.

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Re-Nuble: Not your average high-growth company - Innovate Long Island

Re-Nuble: Not your average high-growth company - Innovate Long Island | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
By GREGORY ZELLER // Tinia Pina didn’t set out to create a supercharged organic fertilizer for hydroponic agriculture. It just worked out that way. Pina’s initial concern was the tons of food wasted annually by relatively well-fed Americans. Turning it into organic fertilizer isn’t an entirely new concept, but taking it where Pina and her team are going is wholly innovative. Pina’s Re-Nuble Inc. actually represents “an amalgamation of a lot of different interests,” the...

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Gang Member Becomes Organic Farmer: From Gangs to Gardens Documentary - Blacks Going Vegan!

Gang Member Becomes Organic Farmer: From Gangs to Gardens Documentary - Blacks Going Vegan! | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
Gangs to Gardens tells the story of a former gang member awakening to the importance of food security and nutrition, and his new role as an organic farmer.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, October 26, 2015 3:38 PM

Not a typical organic farmer.

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Anti-infective immunoadhesins from plants

Immunoadhesins are recombinant proteins that combine the ligand-binding region of a receptor or adhesion molecule with immunoglobulin constant domains. All FDA-approved immunoadhesins are designed to modulate the interaction of a human receptor with its normal ligand, such as Etanercept (Enbrel®), which interferes with the binding of tumour necrosis factor (TNF) to the TNF-alpha receptor and is used to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Like antibodies, immunoadhesins have long circulating half-lives, are readily purified by affinity-based methods and have the avidity advantages conferred by bivalency. Immunoadhesins that incorporate normal cellular receptors for viruses or bacterial toxins hold great, but as yet unrealized, potential for treating infectious disease. As decoy receptors, immunoadhesins have potential advantages over pathogen-targeted monoclonal antibodies. Planet Biotechnology has specialized in developing anti-infective immunoadhesins using plant expression systems. An immunoadhesin incorporating the cellular receptor for anthrax toxin, CMG2, potently blocks toxin activityin vitro and protects animals against inhalational anthrax. An immunoadhesin based on the receptor for human rhinovirus, ICAM-1, potently blocks infection of human cells by one of the major causes of the common cold. An immunoadhesin targeting the MERS coronavirus is in an early stage of development. We describe here the unique challenges involved in designing and developing immunoadhesins targeting infectious diseases in the hope of inspiring further research into this promising class of drugs.

 
 

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Amaranth Curry From The Source - Juliette's Kitchen in India

Join Juliette as she travels into the depths of India to see how tribal people grow food. With Rupa as her guide and translator she learns about growing the ...

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Plastic in fish highlights need for cleaner Thames - BBC News

Plastic in fish highlights need for cleaner Thames - BBC News | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
Up to three-quarters of fish sampled from the River Thames have been found to have plastic fibres in their gut.
The Royal Holloway study was small and looked at just two species - but it highlights, say scientists, the pressing issue of plastic waste in London's great waterway.
The Port of London Authority (PLA) has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the curse of litter.
It wants public support to stop plastic from getting into the Thames.
The PLA has teamed with other groups, including the charity Thames21, to ask people to "Do The Right Thing" and make sure any rubbish they have goes securely into a bin.
"This is not just a problem along the river; it's affected by litter from across London," explained the authority's environment manager, Tanya Ferry.
"So you might discard plastic near Buckingham Palace or Selfridges but if it gets into the drains, those drains could potentially discharge into the Thames and carry those plastic pieces with them."

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Diabetes nation? Half of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes

Diabetes nation? Half of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
About half of all Americans have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to a new report. And experts in the field say that's good news.

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South African team may have solved solar puzzle even Google couldn't crack

South African team may have solved solar puzzle even Google couldn't crack | smart agriculture | Scoop.it

Pioneering technology to deliver the cheapest, small-scale concentrated solar power plants in the world could revolutionise the renewable energy market 

 

The idea behind the design – so-called Concentrated Solar Power or CSP – is simple. A field of mirrors on the ground tracks the sun and concentrates its rays on to a central point which heats up. That heat is converted into electricity. 

 

“We are developing plonkable heliostats. Plonkable means that from factory to installation you can just drop them down on to the ground and they work.”

 

So no costly cement, no highly-trained workforce, no wires, just two workers to lay out the steel frames on the ground and a streetlight-style central tower.

 

 


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, September 2, 2015 1:40 PM

Concentrated solar uses the energy-rich infrared band of solar radiation and it has great promise, but it depends on simple and cheap tech being developed to capture and convert that heat to electricity.

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Best Homemade Fish Emulsion | Terroir Seeds

Best Homemade Fish Emulsion | Terroir Seeds | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
Fish emulsion feeds the soil and plants with biologically available nutrients while increasing soil and microbe health. Make the best emulsion at home!

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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 2, 11:10 AM
Fish emulsion for your soil?
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SlingShot Water Purfication System

SlingShot Water Purfication System | smart agriculture | Scoop.it

This indefatigable man just might have enough passion, will, and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis affecting billions.

An eccentric genius with a provocative worldview, Kamen takes on grand-challenges one invention at a time, helping people in need. Half of all human illness comes from water-borne pathogens. Kamen’s SlingShot is an energy-efficient machine that turns any unfit water (seawater, poisoned wells, river sludge…) into pure, safe water – no chemicals or filters needed.

Recently, Kamen allied himself with Coca-Cola . Will Kamen’s technological know-how combined with Coke’s global reach be a powerful enough force to address this global challenge?

SlingShot is both an inspirational character study and a look at the trajectory of Kamen’s vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond.


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5 Vitamins in Amaranth - Health Benefits of Amaranth

Recipes4Health: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2bZhXBHIb51n1fE3VWPmcQ/videos To learn more about the health benefits of food, visit:


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Eric Larson's curator insight, January 18, 8:51 PM

Highly nutritious???

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Former Deportee is now consul-general of Uganda in UK

Former Deportee is now consul-general of Uganda in UK | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
The wheel has turned full circle for prominent Indian-origin businessman Jaffer Kapasi, who was expelled by dictator Idi Amin from Uganda in 1972, moved to Britain, and has now been appointed by th…

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Growing Doubt: A Scientist's Experience with GMOs

Growing Doubt: A Scientist's Experience with GMOs | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
According to Dr. Jonathan Latham, there are many shortcomings on GMO risk assessments, and companies have developed ways of fudging their risk assessments.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, January 19, 12:02 AM

An intriguing and informative video interview with Dr. Jonathan Latham of the University of Wisconsin, who says the risk assessment process employed by large seed and chemical companies is "severely flawed" and violates basic scientific principles.  Dr. Latham adds that "transgenes used to develop commercial transgendered plants may produce harmful and potentially flawed toxic results."  Latham, who has a master's degree in crops and a PhD in plant virology, believes there are many shortcomings in GMO risk studies--enough risk to proceed cautiously in any GMO project.  Aloha, Russ.

Eric Larson's curator insight, January 28, 9:48 PM

What are our real risk assessments?

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China rides the rails of Ethiopia's development - Aljazeera.com

China rides the rails of Ethiopia's development - Aljazeera.com | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
Minimal corruption, efficient bureaucracy, and cheap production costs are driving China's investment in Ethiopia.

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GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find

GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
By Jonathan Latham, PhD Pregnant goats fed with genetically engineered (GE) soybeans have offspring who grow more slowly and are shorter, according to a new

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, October 27, 2015 6:24 PM

This Italian study adds yet another piece to the GMO puzzle, and it is not a pretty one.

Eric Larson's curator insight, January 28, 9:46 PM

What kind of genie have we opened?

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New Technologies At the Service of Africa's Agricultural Transformation

New Technologies At the Service of Africa's Agricultural Transformation | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
Farmers are effectively using mobile telephone technologies to eliminate middlemen distorting the market prices of farm produce and access better seeds, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina told delegates at the African agricultural transformation conference, which entered its second day on Thursday in Senegal.

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Foods are better than pills when it comes to providing vitamins

Foods are better than pills when it comes to providing vitamins | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
I sadly but definitely annoy my children when I launch into my nutrition talk. As soon as I utter the words "protein" or "healthy," the responses I usually get is glassy eyes and expressions...

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Pills are to most - a convenient way or easy quick fix to perceived nutritional balance in diet.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, October 15, 2015 2:48 PM

I've long been a proponent of food over vitamins and supplements. Food has the complex mix of vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Vitamins and supplements cherry pick.

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An Unexpected Romance: Urban Farmers and Real Estate Developers

An Unexpected Romance: Urban Farmers and Real Estate Developers | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
It's a relationship that's blossoming in surprising ways.

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Opinion: Food Loss & Waste Has Got to Do a Lot with Sustainable Development | Inter Press Service

Opinion: Food Loss & Waste Has Got to Do a Lot with Sustainable Development | Inter Press Service | smart agriculture | Scoop.it

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‘Reprogramming’ cancer cells can reverse tumor – study

‘Reprogramming’ cancer cells can reverse tumor – study | smart agriculture | Scoop.it
A team of scientists from Mayo Clinic in Florida have managed to reverse the progress of cancer by “reprogramming” its cells preventing further tumor growth.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, September 8, 2015 9:41 PM

Cancer reprogramming.