agricultual policy

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Tonight’s dessert is plum cake: Tante Lissy’s Flaumen Kuchen (Plum Cake) 1 c Butter 1 c Sugar 1 Egg 2 tsp Almond extract (or vanilla) 1 tsp Salt 1 c White fl our 1 c Barley 10 Plums, pitted and cut in half 2 Tbsp warmed apricot jam 1. Beat together butter and sugar. Add…

For Earth Day, let’s celebrate Stewart Brand, the distinguished writer, lecturer and author of the classic Whole Earth Catalog, which won the national book award in 1972. He also has a new book called “Whole Earth Discipline” where he argues that the established Green agenda is outdated, too negative, too tradition bound, too specialized, too…

For a short 5 minute tour of Bill Gates tackling the controversy of GE crops, please see the blog ERV. Thanks for the plug ERV If you have 45 minutes, watch the entire video here. Bill is serious, sincere and a good speaker with important concepts to convey: The video starts about 11 minutes in.

> WASHINGTON- (AP) The leader of the United States Department of > Agriculture’s National Institute for Food Research, Dr. Roger Beachy, > admitted that the release of last week’s request for proposals (RFP) > from scientific researchers was “simply a gag to lighten the research > funding environment” and that the real one will be…

A few years ago, next to a small barn converted into a winery, I noticed a flyer asking voters to support Measure M, an initiative in Sonoma county that sought to ” prohibit the raising, growing, propagation, cultivation, sale, or distribution of most genetically engineered organisms.” It pictured the destruction in New Orleans wrought by…

Thank you Bill Gates for your work on behalf of farmers and…. for blogging on our book, Tomorrow’s Table! If you don’t have time to read the full reviews, here are a few excerpts:

An Ode to Grasses

Check out this lovely commentary by Olivia Judson

Recipes for GE eggplant

Eggplants are found in many colors: green, white, purple, yellow, even striped. They are shaped like cucumbers or apples. They are eaten in Italy as melanzane alla parmigiana, in France as ratatouille, and in the Middle East as baba ghanoush. My husband Raoul usually grows Imperial Black Beauty, Rosa Bianca, and the hybrids Beatrice and…

Radically Rethinking Agriculture

I hear it is snowing in 49 out of 50 states today. And this, just after the big snow in Washington. Is climate change to blame?

Read Emily Waltz’ interview with Roger Beachy, the new director for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the new research funding arm of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). What does Beachy’s appoinment mean for researchers, farmers and consumers? Larger, longer grants with more money for education or extension, so the knowledge can…