Efita Newsletter 1085, dated December 25, 2023

Efita Newsletter 1085, dated December 25, 2023
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The best-kept holiday secret: Heritage breed turkeys, by Dr. Kevin Folta, Agdaily, December 15, 2023
By purchasing a heritage breed turkey the consumer plays an important role in variety conservation.

Many of these older varieties are raised by a relatively small number of producers, with the only incentive to keeping the genetics intact is ironically the market for holiday birds. The White Holland and Beltsville Small White are considered threatened by the Livestock Conservancy, meaning fewer than 1,000 breeding birds in the United States. The iconic Narragansett was down to 87 breeding birds in 1997, reaching 2,233 in 2015, and today reports over 5,000. Rekindled interest in heritage breeds has helped improve the Royal Palm from “threatened” (fewer than 1,000) to “watch” status, a step in the right direction, ensuring their bloodlines will continue into future generations.

>>> Conclusions

Some scoff at the notion of a “boutique” turkey, typically sold in farmers markets or specialty meat stores for $8 to $10 per pound. However, those with the courage to break from the tradition of a grocery store freezerball find they are pleasantly surprised by the newfound flavors and textures of a field-raised bird and its relatively ancient genetics. Next holiday season, find a local farmer who raises heritage breed turkeys. Try one on Thanksgiving and a commercial turkey on Christmas. Or better yet, try a standard commercial turkey cooked along side of a heritage breed. This way you can do the direct comparison and experience the advantages of both.

A standard commercial turkey is an amazing testament to breeding and genetics, and we should be grateful for their availability and affordability. However, new experiences are always welcome, and the addition of a heritage breed turkey can elevate the holiday experience, bringing in something new, while preserving the genetics that created yesteryear’s flavors.
See agdaily.com

USDA issues permit for Santa’s reindeer to enter the U.S, by AGDAILY Reporters, December 21, 2023
See agdaily.com

The cows can talk on Christmas, by Elizabeth Maslyn, December 23, 2021

If all your sister wants is a horse fanny pack for Christmas … you might be a farmer.

If your daughter’s favorite Christmas present was a plastic cabbage … you might be raising a farmer.

If your family Christmas card picture is with a cow … you might have been raised on a farm.

If you kick off Christmas morning by feeding the goats … you are definitely living on a farm!

Christmas time on the farm is a funny thing. You think that you only have four kids to shop for, but when each kid has their 4-H rabbits, horses, and goats, the Santa list can get a little out of hand!

Every parent has their own Christmas stories to tell their kids, whether their house is Santa’s first stop or last, whether he likes white milk or chocolate, or if he prefers frosted cookies over molasses!

For my family, Christmas wasn’t a time for tales. Christmas is a time where my whole family comes together for an evening. I have grown up on an old dairy farm, the farm where my dad and his siblings were raised. Although many of my family members don’t work in agriculture anymore, they still get excited to see the critters in the barn. Christmas is the yellow barn cat’s favorite time of the year!
See agdaily.com

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10 Years of AgriFoodTech (and AgFunder!) - a Celebration and Potted History

Ten years ago, Michael Dean and Rob Leclerc incorporated AgFunder with the mission to bring more investment and innovation to the agriculture and food sectors.

This was the same year Monsanto acquired Climate Corporation in what remains the most pivotal deal of agrifoodtech history.

At the time, Climate Corp. founder Dave Friedberg sent a lengthy letter to his staff explaining why he had decided to sell to Monsanto, then considered one of the most "evil" companies in the world.

His own research on the company, he wrote, revealed the power of "wholly inaccurate" articles and "out-of-context rhetoric" that had turned Monsanto into the demon of the ag industry. He encouraged Climate Corp. staff to "take the time first to be informed" before pronouncing judgement on any new idea, technology or company.

AgFunder has striven to do just that over the last decade — to base decisions on objectivity, accuracy, science, and context. This is as true for the articles we write as it is for the deals our investment team makes.

The hope is that our special report — an 83-page dive into the last decade in agrifoodtech — showcases our commitment to the industry and the principles we need to keep intact to make the next decade a success for the planet.

It's also a celebration of the astounding growth of the agrifoodtech community and the countless startups, researchers, academics, entrepreneurs, investors and others that have helped make this community what it is over the last 10 years.

You can download our e-zine here, but here are some highlights to whet your appetite:

- 10 years on from Climate Corp’s $1bn acquisition - David Friedberg reflects p10
- A 10-year look at funding p12
- Top 30 agrifoodtech deals 2013-2023 p16
- Top agrifoodtech exits since 2013 p24
- Why haven't we had more exits? p28
- 10 years of leading ag innovation at John Deere p31
- Indoor ag: approaching 'the plateau of enlightenment?' p36
- Crunch time for cultivated meat? p45
- 10 years of Farmers Business Network (FBN) p57
- Eat Just - visionary foodtech pioneer or 'a “house of cards built on one individual’s ability to separate people from their money?' p67
- Carbon offsetting: the good, the bad and the ugly p71
- Impossible Foods CEO: 'We kind of insulted the very people we wanted to try our product: meat eaters’ p75

Sit back and enjoy the ride - we certainly did!

See agfundernews.com

10 years of Farmers Business Network, from ‘tremendous fear and uncertainty’ to a ‘tremendously exciting future’, by Jennifer Marston

In 2014, Charles Baron and Amol Deshpande were concocting an idea that was practically unheard of in agriculture.

“The goal was to put the world of agriculture at the farmers’ fingertips and empower them through information, technology and a network,” Baron tells AgFunderNews.

Farmers Business Network, commonly known as FBN, was born of that goal.

Today, FBN is a major online provider of crop inputs and offers a number of other resources to farmers including marketing support, access to insurance programs and credit, and tools for participating in sustainability programs.

It started out as a farmer-to-farmer sharing network to provide growers with analytics about things like seed performance and price transparency on products. At the time, such information was often obscure for the average farmer.

“There were so many parts of agriculture that seemed fundamentally unfair for farmers,” says Baron, who cofounded FBN along with Deshpande. “FBN fought very, very hard to make those practices better for growers.”

“Fought” is an apt word; in the early days, FBN butted heads with many in the industry over the idea cutting out the middlemen, in this case ag retailers, and letting growers purchase products directly.

A widely circulated CropLife article from 2016 called it a “nasty body blow” for retailers and referenced “the devil known as ‘price transparency.'”

“[It] painted images of growers storming into retailer’s offices with price sheets and demanding lower input prices,” AgFunderNews wrote at the time of the CropLife piece.

Baron says the company dealt with such pushback “by focusing on the customer.”

“FBN has provided an alternative way of doing business that has won the support of tens of thousands of growers by providing the most transparent, convenient, and high ROI experience to our members.”

Most recently, rumor has circulated through the agrifoodtech industry that FBN has raised a down round, though FBN declines to comment.

To date, the company has raised over $900 million from the likes of Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures, Temasek and others.

Below, Baron (CB) discusses the company’s origins, Big Ag’s initial reaction to the business, and what’s in store for the next decade.
See agfundernews.com

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Future Farming: The best of 2023

As we stand at the crossroads of technology and agriculture, it's essential to investigate the groundbreaking advancements that have shaped the farming industry over the past year. I collected 10 remarkable articles that show the essence of 2023.

"Dive into the realm of agricultural electrification with the Best of Future Farming 2023. While our coverage spans various themes like ag-robots, drones, precision farming, and autonomy, this white paper focuses solely on the most impactful articles related to electrification in agricultural machinery."

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> Plant-specific spot spraying to become mainstream
John Deere isn’t the first and certainly not the only company to offer a commercial spot spraying system. The fact that major tractor manufacturers have now started to adopt the technology will certainly accelerate market introductions.
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> Field robots video – Modular Tipard 1800 field robot from Digital Workbench
The German engineering company Digital Workbench presents the Tipard 1800 field robot at the Agritechnica trade fair.

> Autosteering: Hands-free steering on headlands with TurnPath from Ag Leader
Autosteering on the headland is possible with the TurnPath autopilot from the American manufacturer Ag Leader.

> Smart farming: Amazone & FieldView to collaborate on smart farming
Amazone and FieldView start a strategic collaboration for further promoting and simplifying the adaptation of smart farming practices.

> Climate change: 27 new AIM for Climate Innovation Sprints were announced at COP28
At COP28, 27 new AIM for Climate Innovation Sprints were announced, bringing the total to 78 sprints since the initiative's launch at COP26.

> FIRA 2024:More than 20 in-field demos and dozens of robot manufacturers at World FIRA 2024
World FIRA will offer more than 20 in-field demos next year, and dozens of robot manufacturers will present their latest advances.

> Pest control: ‘Cut pesticide use, but how?’
Successful green innovation requires knowledge of plant cultivation, behavioural science, technology and ecology.

> Unmanned autonomous tractor ‘mainly interesting for soil preparation’
A group of Dutch arable farmers, bulb growers, contractors, were introduced to the opportunities and limitations of autonomous tractors for their operations.

> Carbon farming: Bread with low-carbon wheat closer to store shelves
Low-carbon wheat has been delivered to mills in the summer of 2023.

> Connectivity: BASF Xarvio extends connectivity options with CNH integration
Xarvio® Digital Farming Solutions expands its platform connectivity options for farmers with CNH integration.

> Acquisitions: CropX acquires Green Brain to expand in Australia
CropX Technologies announced its acquisition of the Australian company Green Brain, a digital irrigation management solutions provider

> Harvest technology: Oxbo develops new top-load harvester for berries
US company Oxbo has developed a high-capacity, top-load harvester for growers with high tonnages and large bushes.

> Drones: Hungarian drone technology gaining credibility in crop spraying
ABZ Innovation is based in Hungary and has developed a number of drones suitable for spraying vineyards and agricultural crops.

> Plant production: Ken Giller: ‘Beware of blinders when discussing agriculture’
Professor of Plant Production Systems Ken Giller will never argue solely for separating or combining nature and agriculture.

> Indoor farming: New possibilities for vertical farming with high-wire crops
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) patented vertical farming solution enables the production of high-wire crops in vertical farming.

> Autonomous vehicles: U.S. sugar beet farmers pioneer autonomous transport from field to factory
The cooperative collaborated with Florida-based military company Kratos Defense to implement the innovative slave-follower system in their existing fleet of trucks.

> Smart farming. Ken Giller: ‘Beware of blinders when discussing agriculture’
Professor of Plant Production Systems Ken Giller will never argue solely for separating or combining nature and agriculture.

> Autonomous tractors: Working with an unmanned autonomous tractor? Bulb grower is cautiously optimistic
Dutch bulb grower Sjaak Huetink is interested in automation and autonomy. He tested an autonomous Steyr Expert 4130 CVT for two days on his fields.

> Connectivity: Trimble introduces automatic stream switching for corrections
Trimble announced stream switching - a new feature allowing farmers to seamlessly stream Trimble CenterPoint® RTX, RangePoint® RTX and ViewPoint RTX®, over IP or satellite.

See futurefarming.com

Il piatto rotto, de Gaetano Chierici (IT, 1838-1920)

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La caccia alla lepre zambo de Gaetano Chierici (IT, 1838-1920)

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> 5 AgTech Trends to Watch in 2024
Agmatix CEO Ron Baruchi outlines the key trends anticipated in the agricultural industry over the coming year.

> How Gradient Crop Yield Solutions Is Using Data Analytics to Enhance Water Management for California Tomato Growers
Learn how satellite imagery provided by EOS Data Analytics has saved farmers a remarkable up to 15% in irrigation costs.

> Ag Tech Talk Podcast: Topcon Positioning Systems’ Mike Gomes Leads a New Global Sustainability Team
Topcon has long focused on precision ag and recently created a global team designed to take sustainability to the next level.

> Call for Speakers: Submit Your Proposal for 2024 Tech Hub LIVE
We are now accepting presentation proposals for the 2024 Tech Hub LIVE Conference & Expo taking place July 29-31 in Des Moines, IA.

> VISION Conference 2024: Shaping the Future of Ag Tech
Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with leaders and innovators across the ag-tech ecosystem. Register today for the lowest rate.

> Call for Speakers: Submit Your Proposal for 2024 Tech Hub LIVE
We are now accepting presentation proposals for the 2024 Tech Hub LIVE Conference & Expo taking place July 29-31 in Des Moines, IA.

> How a Digital Platform Is Creating Transparency with Brazilian Harvest Data and Bringing Security to Investors
FarmGuide Soy is a pioneering Brazilian platform for collecting data on soy and deforestation areas, which is critical for global investors.

> The Digital Tools Ag Companies Must Have in Their Crop Input Toolbox
New digital tools have the ability help ag professionals better manage risks, from weather and soil health to sustainability and water scarcity.

> How NVIDIA Is Bringing AI to Agriculture?
Accelerated computing company NVIDIA identifies farming’s biggest issues and develops the right technologies to help solve them.

> From Robot Tractors to Tomato Imaging: What Are the Use Cases of ML and AI in Agriculture?
Contributor Arjun Chandar dives deep into some of the most important AI and ML applications in ag, and some future possibilities.

See globalagtechinitiative.com

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Intelligent Growth Solutions to power UAE ‘GigaFarm’ capable of replacing 1% of imports, by Jennifer Marston & Louisa Burwood-Taylor, December 6, 2023

- ReFarm, a consortium in the United Arab Emirates created by Dubai-based SSK Enterprises and process engineering solutions group Christof Global Impact (CGI), has signed an agreement with the FoodTech Valley to build a circular, closed-loop “GigaFarm” to boost the country’s food security and decarbonize its food industry.

- Dubai’s FoodTech Valley is a master development launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum led by major Dubai property developer Wasl.

- Vertical farming technology company Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) will provide the infrastructure for the farm, which will grow 2 billion plants a year, replacing 1% of the country’s fresh produce imports. [Disclosure: AgFunderNews’ parent company AgFunder is an investor in Intelligent Growth Solutions.]

- IGS’ vertical towers will be combined with five other complementary technologies to create a closed-loop circular waste-to-value system, capable to recycling more than 50,000 tonnes of food waste each year.
See agfundernews.com

Farmtech funding continues its upward climb in Southeast Asia ‘irrespective of the external financial climate’, by Jennifer Marston, November 29, 2023

Historically, Southeast Asia (SEA) smallholder farmers have grappled with unreliable access to inputs and supplies, barriers around finance and a fragmented, often opaque supply chain. This is despite the vital role these smallholders play in SEA’s economy, producing everything from commodities like wheat and maize to rubber, coffee and palm oil.

In the face of the climate crisis, however, this is beginning to change. SEA is recognized as one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change; in agriculture, this has led to calls for more sustainable farming solutions that are easily accessible by smallholder farmers.

SEA has never been a hotbed of VC innovation when it comes to farmtech. Recent numbers suggest that, too, is changing. AgFunder’s Asia-Pacific AgriFoodTech Investment report 2023 recently found that, although overall funding to the region was down in 2022, more VC dollars went towards upstream startups working close to the farm.

Farmtech deals in SEA totaled $481 million in 2022, with robotics, ag marketplaces and novel farming systems raking in the most cash.
See agfundernews.com

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Yield Technology Solutions - In June, we released the long-awaited mobile app feature – “Next 180 Days”

The mobile app now provides a high-level overview of weather for the Next 3 Days, Next 28 Days, and weather trends for the next six months ie. a total of 180 Days into the future!
This update focuses on our commitment to improving the precision of pre-farm, on-farm and post-farm decision support, while delivering exceptional customer experience.
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TWE continues its data transformation journey with The Yield

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) ANZ renewed for another three (3) years with our Precision Yield Management platform and yield predictions, following a very successful 2023 vintage.
Anthony Catanzariti, TWE’s General Manager Viticulture and Wine Making stated:
‘We used The Yield 18 month forecast to create our forecasts and guide our intake plan for the 2023 harvest. As a business we relied on this to shape our vintage and grape procurement planning.

V2023 was such an outlier because of a weather year we have never experienced before. It was a great test of The Yield’s algorithms that will now strengthen the model further.‘
See theyield.com

Agriculture Industry Demand Rising Sharply for AI, Automation and Advanced Data Analytics

This year, The Yield commissioned an AgTech survey of 807 US-based agribusiness including executives, agronomists, data scientists and IT specialists to gauge both the industry’s current state and future trajectory.

Research findings from the AgTech Trends 2023 survey reveal that while there has been a significant surge in digital transformation initiatives across agribusinesses, many still grapple with deriving actionable insights from their data.

Most agribusinesses are facing on-farm and off-farm challenges resulting from inaccurate yield predictions and inconsistencies due to complexities in data collection and analysis.

Respondents signalled a strong need and desire for digital technology advancements that include AI and automation to support more precise, data-driven decision-making across the agrifood value chain.
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Nourrir bébé, de Gaetano Chierici (IT, 1838-1920)

05 - 25/12/2023


Les premiers pas d'un enfant, 1876, de Gaetano Chierici (IT, 1838-1920)

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'Green' ammonia is the key to meeting the twin challenges of the 21st century (Siemens)

By switching to renewable electricity to make ammonia we could save over 40 million tonnes of CO2 each year in Europe alone, or over 360 million tonnes worldwide. We can also covert back into hydrogen and burn ammonia to make electricity when the wind is not blowing.
See siemens-energy.com

Fuel Positive

The world has discovered the potential of Green Ammonia to significantly reduce carbon emissions and help reach our international greenhouse gas reduction commitments.
Only FuelPositive has the technology, the team, and the model to make it happen economically and efficiently, in the short term.
Our lead product, an onsite, containerized Green Ammonia production system, will revolutionize clean energy through a patent-pending, first-of-its-kind technology invented in Canada.
It takes air, water, and sustainable electricity to make Green Ammonia. Adoption will dramatically support global targets to reduce CO2 emissions. And the traditional ammonia industry will die out because the old-centralized model and supply chain will be too unreliable, inconvenient, expensive, and damaging to the environment.
See fuelpositive.com/

FuelPositive's Onsite, Containerized Green Ammonia Production System (System Specs)

- 300 kg/day (100 tonnes/year) of green anhydrous ammonia
- 476 kg/day of water
- Customer to supply sustainable grid source of electricity or an off-grid option (approximately 1-megawatt solar array, with supplementary storage, would power the system completely off-grid)
- Operating costs expected to be around $560/tonne as announced in November 2021, depending on electricity costs


Une famille d'amis, de Gaetano Chierici (IT, 1838-1920)

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Invités non invités, de Gaetano Chierici (IT, 1838-1920)

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Why regenerative agriculture is only a part of the answer to sustainable food systems, by Theresa Lieb, November 30, 2023

No single solution can solve our food and climate challenges.

Regenerative agriculture has slowly but surely taken over the sustainability programs of America’s food corporations. PepsiCo, ADM, Cargill and General Mills are among the big companies encouraging their suppliers to adopt regenerative practices. Those practices are also supported by the U.S. government’s $3.1 billion Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program.

This development has important benefits: Planting cover crops, reducing tillage and rotating crops, among other regenerative practices, offer a range of environmental advantages and can make farms more profitable. In the best case, they can even sequester carbon in soils. So, there’s nothing wrong with regenerative agriculture itself.

But the narrow focus has been crowding out work on more systemic food systems issues, such as food waste, dietary change and crop diversity, that need addressing. How did we get here, and how can we correct the course?

What’s behind its popularity?
Regenerative agriculture has been the right-sized sustainability pill for U.S. policymakers and companies to swallow. It’s big enough to elicit the appearance of meaningful change but small enough not to make too many people uncomfortable.

Three factors underlie its nearly universal support:

1. Minimal business disruption

Changing the practices of thousands of farmers isn’t simple, but it’s more convenient than revamping entire business models. Replacing conventional corn with regeneratively grown corn is easier than working with a different ingredient with superior environmental characteristics. Regenerative agriculture allows companies to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability while keeping their supply chains, products and profits intact.

2. Broad political support

While regenerative agriculture isn’t entirely uncontroversial — especially among farmers themselves — it’s far less polarizing than advocating for meat reduction or redistributing subsidies from commodity producers to vegetable farms. Politicians and businesses can demonstrate that they have finally woken up to agriculture’s climate impacts but don’t have to step on anyone’s toes to do something about it.

3. Attractive marketing opportunities

Regenerative agriculture allows its proponents to tell heartwarming stories that feed into America’s romanticized farming narrative. Companies and politicians can lift up farmers as climate heroes. Images of thriving cover crops and grazing cattle underscore hard work on the land for the benefit of all. That’s more attractive than showcasing a cultivated meat facility or campaigning for smaller portions to reduce wasted food.

>>> Expanding the toolbox

The best path forward is not a choice between regenerative agriculture and other sustainability approaches — because solving our climate, biodiversity and economic crises requires multiple approaches.

Let’s instead use the success of regenerative agriculture as an example for building momentum for additional improvements. With regenerative agriculture’s established support and rising global awareness of required food system reform, now is a good time for sustainability teams to recalibrate and onboard more tools.
See greenbiz.com

Foreign ownership of US farmland climbed nearly 9% in 2022, by Nathan Owens, Dec. 20, 2023

Despite the uptick, acreage owned by China declined as states moved to restrict adversarial countries from owning U.S. forest, crop and pasture land.

Foreign ownership of U.S. agricultural land is on the rise as investments in wind farms and other renewable energy projects grow, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The amount of farm and forest land held by investors outside the U.S. totaled 43.4 million acres, an 8.5% increase from 2021 to 2022. Foreign investors now make up 3.4% of privately-held agricultural land and nearly 2% of all U.S. land, the USDA said Tuesday.

Large land purchases in three states accounted for 45% of the difference. Alabama and Michigan saw an uptick in forest land activity, while Colorado’s increase was mostly cropland and pasture.
See agriculturedive.com

Bad Joke


The Agricultural Research Service: A History of Innovation

This year marks the Agricultural Research Service's 70th anniversary, making it a particularly appropriate time to look back at the founding of this revolutionary agency and its scientific accomplishments. Learn more.
See tellus.ars.usda.gov

Extreme forest fires fuel emissions

The annual carbon dioxide emissions generated by forest fires are now higher than those from burning fossil fuels in Japan, the world’s sixth-largest CO2 emitter. In particular, emissions from boreal-forest blazes, such as those in Canada this year, “showed a rapidly growing trend”, says landscape ecologist and report co-author Xu Wenru. The report calls for countries to include forest fires in their climate plans — their emissions “cannot be ignored”, Xu says.
See nature.com

The Great Carbon Rush, by Rory Christie, Scottish Farmer, October 12, 2023

Carbon farming is the new gold rush—or at least it has the potential to become one with an amazing opportunity to disrupt and transform the stagnant debate over climate change and agriculture.

This is a remarkable prospect. As farmers, we must stake our claim.

Right now, too many of the combatants in climate-change debates look at farmers and see only problems. In their view, the people who raise animals, seed land, and harvest food by running tractors over fields are carbon criminals who spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Yet this overlooks a basic fact of biology: Plants remove carbon from the air, turning it into plant material or storing it in the soils. A fellow Global Farmer Network member and Brazilian farmer Andre Dobashi has called this process “carbon kidnapping” – using carbon-smart practices on their farm that makes the soil healthier by increasing organic matter and the soils productivity.

Farmers are in fact an important part of the solution to climate change. What is needed is to recognize and reward the good work they’re already doing and harness their determination and creativity to do even better.
See globalfarmernetwork.org

Le goût des armes, de Gaetano Chierici (IT, 1838-1920)

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All gone, de Gaetano Chierici (IT, 1838-1920)

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A Better Way to Get Oysters? Try Growing Them on Land (Source Bloomberg)

In Japan, a producer says cultivating the shellfish in tanks of seawater is the future.
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Will reducing beef save our planet? By Lucy M. Stitzer, December 15, 2023

At the recent COP28 Climate Summit, the UN stated that wealthy nations should reduce red meat and dairy to avert a global health crisis. But aren't ranchers and dairy farmers proactively reducing its effects already?
In fact, California has committed to a 40% reduction of dairy methane emissions by 2030 just by using digesters alone.
See dirt-to-dinner.com

Viewpoint: As the BBC spews organic farming propaganda, the world’s poor suffer, by Henry Miller, Kathleen Hefferon, September 28, 2023

How many people around the world are currently living in poverty? The World Bank reports that a little over 9%, or approximately 720 million people, are subsisting on less than US$2.15 a day.

In the US, where poverty is measured differently, a staggering 10% of the population, or almost 40 million people, are living below the poverty line.

How about the UK? Approximately 20%, or 14 million citizens, are in poverty. That’s a lot of food-insecure people in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. But while many in the farming and scientific communities understand the relationships among agricultural practices, the cost of food, and food security, the staff of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) seem clueless about them.

The government broadcaster came under fire from the think-tank Science for a Sustainable Agriculture (SSA) for posting misleading, pro-organic statements on their online “Bitesize revision guides,” which are aimed specifically at students.

In the US, where poverty is measured differently, a staggering 10% of the population, or almost 40 million people, are living below the poverty line.

How about the UK? Approximately 20%, or 14 million citizens, are in poverty. That’s a lot of food-insecure people in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. But while many in the farming and scientific communities understand the relationships among agricultural practices, the cost of food, and food security, the staff of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) seem clueless about them.

The government broadcaster came under fire from the think-tank Science for a Sustainable Agriculture (SSA) for posting misleading, pro-organic statements on their online “Bitesize revision guides,” which are aimed specifically at students.
See geneticliteracyproject.org

Amore fraterno

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Una catastrofe, 1887, de Gaetano Chierici (IT, 1838-1920)

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Lessons in lifesaving from Brazil, By Bill Gates| December 12, 2023

What the biggest country in South America can teach the world about healthcare.
Of course, despite all the progress that’s been made in recent decades, Brazil still faces challenges. Financial crises and austerity budgets have led to cuts in healthcare spending, for example, and there are still districts where poorer residents have no access to CHWs (CHW: community health worker).

But Brazil’s healthcare system doesn’t have to be perfect to serve as proof of what happens when a country invests strategically in care for its most vulnerable: The returns are often far-reaching and life-changing.

That is why Brazil is highlighted by the Exemplars in Global Health program, which I helped launch in 2020. The program's mission is to identify countries that have made remarkable progress on health problems, understand the keys to their success, and share those insights globally so others can make similar progress. By that standard, Brazil has a lot to teach.

That’s not to say any country can or should replicate Brazil’s approach exactly, since no two countries are alike. But with the right mix of investment and innovation, Brazil has made great strides in becoming a healthier place for its people. If the country continues on that path and keeps doing what it’s done well already, and if other countries follow—or simply forge their own paths with Brazil in mind—we’ll have a healthier world, too.

See gatesnotes.com


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FDA Approves First Gene Therapies to Treat Patients with Sickle Cell Disease

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two milestone treatments, Casgevy and Lyfgenia, representing the first cell-based gene therapies for the treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD) in patients 12 years and older. Additionally, one of these therapies, Casgevy, is the first FDA-approved treatment to utilize a type of novel genome editing technology, signaling an innovative advancement in the field of gene therapy.

Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited blood disorders affecting approximately 100,000 people in the U.S. It is most common in African Americans and, while less prevalent, also affects Hispanic Americans. The primary problem in sickle cell disease is a mutation in hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to the body’s tissues. This mutation causes red blood cells to develop a crescent or “sickle” shape. These sickled red blood cells restrict the flow in blood vessels and limit oxygen delivery to the body’s tissues, leading to severe pain and organ damage called vaso-occlusive events (VOEs) or vaso-occlusive crises (VOCs). The recurrence of these events or crises can lead to life-threatening disabilities and/or early death.
See fda.gov

London hospital cuts waiting lists with innovative system, by Rachel Sylvester, December, 10 2023

Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital has slashed its elective backlog by running two operating theatres side by side.

Surgeons at one London hospital are performing an entire week’s operations in a single day as part of a ground-breaking initiative that could help tackle the record waiting lists in the NHS.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has already slashed its own elective backlog in certain specialities by running monthly HIT (High Intensity Theatre) lists at weekends.

Under the innovative model, two operating theatres run side by side and as soon as one procedure is finished the next patient is already under anaesthetic and ready to be wheeled in.

Nurses are on standby to sterilise the operating theatre and instead of taking 40 minutes between cases it takes less than two, the only delay is the 30 second it takes for the anti-bacterial cleaning fluid to work.
See thetimes.co.uk

Dispiacenze infantili, de Gaetano Chierici (IT, 1838-1920)

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Perspective: We make sacrifices in all conditions for our animals, by Kelsey Pagel, December 06, 2023

We recently had our first snow fall of the season here in Northeast Kansas. It was pretty significant, between 4 and 10 inches, depending on location. With it came all the social media posts about the love and beauty of the snow or the intense dislike of it. I don’t like snow. I keep telling Matt, my husband, my goal is to live somewhere I can leave my garden hose out year round and it never freezes. Yes, the moisture is nice since we’re in a multiple-year drought, but why can’t it come in the form of rain when the temperature is above 15 degrees!

I’ve come to realization there is a direct correlation between people who love snow and people that don’t have livestock. We grew up with livestock — pigs and cattle. We started calving in mid-March when it wasn’t quite warm yet. We checked all of them on four-wheelers. I was born March 12. Even though my mom had a C-section with me, the cows are her love on the farm, and while dad helped more than normal that first season, you can guarantee I was on the four-wheeler with her and my two older sisters checking calving cows.
See agdaily.com
See teampagel.com

Soviet jokes gathered by the US Embassy in Moscow

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Coquette: A Tiktok success

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