10 agriculture stories you should read today, July 9

10 agriculture stories you should read today, July 9

Farmer's brush with death. Food fraud epidemic. Demon seeds, flowers of fire. Plant breeding hits wall. Mad-cow fears. Wine and Wall Street. And more.

1. Farmer survives grain bin entrapment: Arick Baker had accepted that he would die inside the grain bin. “For 10 minutes, I just OK’d with myself that I was going to die,” Baker said. “My whole life I’ve been told that once you go down in a grain bin, you die.” (Des Moines Register)

2. Around the world, food fraud an epidemic: Investigators have uncovered thousands of frauds, raising fresh questions about regulatory oversight as criminals offer bargain-hunting shoppers cheap versions of everyday products. (New York Times)

3. DIY biotech a glowing minefield for USDA: The halcyon days of ordering Sea Monkeys from the back of a comic book have gone the way of the dinosaur. Time to order an envelope of GM seeds — the days of garage-tinkering with biotechnology are here to stay. (Western Farm Press)

4. Arizona's fertile ground for New York matzo: Here, on a Christian farmer’s land five miles from the Mexican border, lies the holiest of fields for some of New York’s most observant Orthodox Jewish communities. (New York Times)

5. Plant breeding hits the wall: Capacity to grow food is plateauing in many parts of the world and staple crops are close to their growing limits. Traditional plant breeding has hit the wall. (The Raw Story)

6. Chinese chicken feet still tasty after 46 years: Food scandals in China barely get a glance these days, but when the tainted product involves chicken feet 46 years past the sell-by-date, it’s hard not to take a look. (Daily Mail)

7. Mad-cow scares are outbreaks of fear-mongering: For the U.S. beef industry, there’s no upside to sneaking mad cows into the food chain. (Omaha World-Herald)

8. Ag and sexual assault — get your facts straight, PBS Frontline: From the Washington Farm Labor Association — Had PBS actually spoken with farmers or WAFLA, they would have found employers that are directly facing the issue of sexual assault. (Western Farm Press)

9. Wine and Wall Street: Many investors will instinctively reach for a glass of wine if their holdings have taken a hit. But in recent years, wine has proven to be more than just an antidote for investment blues. It is increasingly becoming an investment in and of itself. (U.S. News & World Report)

10. Housefly larvae a new frontier in animal feed: A cheap, nourishing and locally sourced alternative to soybeans as a vital source of protein in animal feed — black soldier flies, common housefly larvae, silkworms and yellow mealworms? (Reuters)


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