10 agriculture stories you should read today, March 10

10 agriculture stories you should read today, March 10

When’s a pig not a pig? Waiting for Hitler. Climbing with honey hunters. Born, raised, slaughtered in U.S. Fake food riches. Cyborg plants. Age of alchemy. High cost of cheap milk.

1. When is a Pig a Pig?

Producer Mark Baker has been cleared of $700,000 in penalties for raising exotic hogs, but more litigation remains. Farmers and game ranchers contend a “pig is a pig” but state regulators disagree. (San Francisco Chronicle)

2. Waiting for Hitler — in LA

In 1933, Winona and Norman Stephens began building a compound on 55 acres close to Los Angeles — with irrigated hillsides for farming — and waited for the Nazis to arrive. (Slate)

3. Climbing with the Honey Hunters

Step back in time with an absolutely stunning photo gallery featuring honey hunters in action on the Himalayan cliffs of Nepal. Fantastic shots. (The Guardian)

4. Born, Raised, Slaughtered in the U.S.

How much do you know or want to know about your meat? The COOL fight is still dragging. (Bloomberg)

5. The Riches of Fake Food

The criminal underground is dropping the drugs and getting into the counterfeit food trade. Olive oil, vinegar, cookies, candy, garlic, and honey — and the penalties for getting pinched are a joke. (The Independent)

Cyborg Plants

6. Cyborg Plants are Here

Researchers are embedding sensors inside plants that fire gobs of data straight back to the lab. (Motherboard)

7. The Skinny and Fat on Cheese

Everything you needed (and didn’t need) to know about cheese. (Wired)

8. High Cost of Cheap Milk

The EU’s milk quota system is slated for abolishment in 2015, and small and mid-size dairy farms are going to die with it. Options for producers? Find a niche market, get bigger, or get out. (Spiegel)

9. Age of Alchemy

Algae into crude oil in less than an hour. (Smithsonian)

10. Cattle Rustling Constant

The livestock industry’s Old West problem never really grows old. Sure, tracking tech is more advanced, but the rustling has always been a constant. (Current-Argus)


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