10 agriculture stories you should read today, Feb. 24

10 agriculture stories you should read today, Feb. 24

How armies eat. A miserable coexistence? Worshipping at the gluten-free altar. Make cheese, not war. Farm boy’s mysterious death. Farming with saltwater. The sweet grapefruit.

1. How Armies Eat

A unique look at what goes in the bellies of the world’s soldiers: Rice salad, creole-style pork, liver-sausage, goulash, chicken tikka, vegemite, Tooty Frooties, and the eternal promise of three-year pizza. But the offerings aren’t quite what they seem. (The Guardian)

2. A Miserable Coexistence?

Lawsuits, initiatives, interventions, ballots, referendums, test cases and impact studies. GMOs and organics make for nervous neighbors. (Bloomberg)

3. Chicken, Beef, Pork, Turkey and Little Else

Are we a country of disappearing meat? Bring on the rabbit and fried squirrel — and be quick about it. (io9)

4. Farm Boy’s Mysterious Death

When 6-year-old Harry Starrett was found unconscious by his grandfather on the floor of their milking parlor in July 2013, the immediate suspicion was on slurry gas. Starrett collapsed within 15 minutes of entering the parlor, but months later an inquest has yet to find a cause of death. (Belfast Telegraph)

5. Worshipping at the Gluten-Free Altar

Girl Scout cookies and vodka are just the latest: Gluten-free sales totaled $10.5 billion in 2013, and the majority of customers don’t even have celiac disease. (New York Times)

Make Cheese, Not War

6. The Sweet Grapefruit

In 1929, When A. E. Henninger noticed a red blush on in his grapefruit, he was looking at the blessings of mutation — and the road to a very tasty grapefruit. Long read on a sweet tale. (Texas Monthly)

7. Make Cheese, Not War

After 30 years of war in the DR Congo, a tiny factory is still churning out bathtub cheese. (BBC)

8. Farming with Saltwater

Greenhouse farming beside the sea? High capital starting costs, but at least it’s a drought-proof operation. (Bloomberg TV)

9. China’s Weight Gain Felt By Military

Two decades of better nutrition and it’s already time to chunk out the old camo and khakis. Chinese soldiers have grown 2 centimeters (.75 inches) in height and gained 5 centimeters (2 inches) in the waist. All that dairy consumption is about to cost the military: Extra inches means bigger equipment needed — even tanks and rifles. (China Daily)

10. 40 Acres and Internet Service

Living too far out in the country for a decent Internet connection? Outernet says the days of rural purgatory are over and wants to offer free WiFi-access from space. (Business Insider)


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