10 agriculture stories you should read today, Jan. 6

10 agriculture stories you should read today, Jan. 6

Cruel and unusual prison loaf. Harsh realities of reindeer farming. Felfies. Soil secrets. Food freedom survives. Bears and slumps. Ethanol's oil wall.

1. A Cruel and Unusual Loaf [4]

Poor behavior on the cell block? Forget solitary; turn to prison food punishment instead. Civil rights activists claim “The Loaf” is cruel and unusual; a violation of the Constitution. (NPR) [4]

2. Harsh Reality of Reindeer Farming [5]

Sure they are in demand in December. But what about the rest of the year? (The Atlantic) [5]

3. Soil Secrets [6]

A 2010 government survey showed that 50 million acres of Chinese farmland is polluted. The report has been buried for three years as a “state secret.” (New York Times) [6]

4. Food Freedom Survives Another Year [7]

A look back at the year in food policy. (Reason) [7]

5. Ag Slump and a Bursting Bubble [8]

Will declining capital and asset bubbles mean a long winter for U.S. agriculture? (International Business Times) [8]

Oil wall, felfies

6. Ethanol Hits Oil Wall [9]

Oil is back — and nudging ethanol off the track in Brazil. (Washington Post) [9]

7. Big Grain Bear [10]

How long will grain bin doors stay shut? (Inside Futures) [10]

8. Shaping the Plate [11]

Bill Gates thinks three companies are shaping food’s future. If Gates thinks so, everybody takes a look. (Fast Company) [11]

9. Felfies [12]

Farm selfies go viral. (The Telegraph) [12]

10. Talking Plants [13]

Deciphering the secret language of plants is no longer the realm of the lunatic fringe. (Quanta Magazine) [13]

 

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