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How Legal Weed Is Killing America’s Most Famous Marijuana Farmers
As industrial-sized growers in places like California’s famously fertile Central Valley have flooded the market, the price of legal marijuana has plummeted by more than half. An array of upfront fees and stricter regulations, combined with a lack of access to bank loans, are all reasons farmers in Humboldt and neighboring Mendocino and Trinity counties say they can’t afford to remain in the legal market. Only 2,200 farmers applied for cannabis licenses last year, according to California NORML, compared with the estimated 30,000 or more growers who existed in the Emerald Triangle pre-legalization. It’s hard to know how many of the rest are continuing to grow in the illicit market. An estimated 10 percent of growers have simply shut down. Some expect that number to rise fivefold by year’s end.
marijuana  agribusiness  legislation  cannabis 
17 days ago by campylobacter
The price of plenty: how beef changed America | Environment | The Guardian
It's agribusiness
not agriculture
there is no culture in agribusiness.
and business has no ethics morals or self-regulation
This is an edited extract from Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America by Joshua Specht, published by Princeton University Press
agribusiness  agriculture  CAP  Europe  beef  self-regulation  FDA  food  poisoning  regulation  Brexit  regulators  oversight  Transparency  pollution  Klimakatastrophe  lobby  subsidies  subsidizing  obesity  nutrition  public  health  book 
7 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Lettuce-Farming Robots Might Grow Your Next Salad - Bloomberg
California’s grow houses are making use of applied intelligence and robotics to cultivate the time- and labor-intensive greens.
this-week-453  Around-the-web  Matt  agriculture  agribusiness  food-industry  food-processing  california  robotics  pacific-states 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
The Promise and Perils of Resurrecting Native Americans’ Lost Crops
Yet Natalie Mueller, an ethnobotanist and Cornell University postdoc affiliated with the Network, anticipates a far-out alternative. Advances in genetic engineering, particularly CRISPR, allow scientists to more easily and precisely edit plant genomes for specific characteristics. There’s already speculation that this technology could allow scientists to engineer favorable characteristics from ancient plant DNA into modern cultivars. As this technology advances, Mueller writes, it may be possible for researchers to genetically engineer exact modern replicas of lost ancient plants, de-extincting them Jurassic Park-style.

Yet goosefoot is more than a tasty vegetable—it’s Native American heritage. “Each one of these seeds is a cultural history that really captures the lives of the people who were growing them and who passed them from generation to generation,” says Patton. With the possibility of redomestication and even commercialization on the horizon, researchers must contend with the implications of this cultural history. Who should have the right to extract genetic material from archeological seeds that are the heritage of tribes across Eastern North America—especially since the very act of extracting DNA from ancient seeds destroys them? If ancient crops are redomesticated and even commercialized, who should profit?

While Sacred Seeds works with existing cultivars, rather than lost crops, similar questions of cultural heritage and food sovereignty animate the group’s work. Keen founded Sacred Seeds after a mentor asked him a stirring question: “What are you doing to protect your corn?” Not only were indigenous corn cultivars, including those of his own tribes, at risk of extinction from disuse, Keen’s mentor told him, but they were at risk from large agricultural companies seeking to patent and profit from Native people’s heritage. Ironically, Keen came to realize, the vastly diverse, richly colored, starchy Native maize varieties that were the origins of yellow and white American corn had been largely displaced. Keen discussed the threat at later meetings with fellow Cherokee leaders: Could their sacred corn become the property of Monsanto?
botany  agribusiness  nativeamericans  genetics 
9 weeks ago by campylobacter
Power, Food and Agriculture – Philip H. Howard
One of the most pressing concerns about the industrialization of agriculture and food is the consolidation and concentration of markets for agricultural inputs, agricultural commodities food processing and groceries. In essence a small minority of actors globally exercise great control over food system decisions. This means that because of increased consolidation of these markets globally…
power  food  agriculture  agribusiness  politics  farm  consumer  community 
9 weeks ago by ivar
Cannabis - The Latest Buzzword on Investment - Area Development
The legalization of cannabis in many states is creating opportunities for business owners and investors, as well as communities.
area-development-features  Matt  cannabis  economic-development  site-selection  manufacturing  agribusiness  agriculture  medical 
march 2019 by areadevelopment
Gene editing: how agritech is fighting to shape the food we eat
February 9, 2019 | Financial Times | by Emiko Terazono in Norwich and Clive Cookson in London.
agriculture  agribusiness  bananas  biologists  Crispr  farming  food  fruits  gene_editing  monocultures 
february 2019 by jerryking
What Tractor Supply Company can teach other retailers - CNN
The most recent Department of Agriculture census from 2012 counted about 800,000 American farms run by people who had a primary occupation other than farming. These recreational farms made up 38% of all farms in the United States at the time.
this-week-448  Around-the-web  Matt  retail  retail-industry  e-commmerce  ecommerce  agribusiness  agriculture 
january 2019 by areadevelopment
Kentucky’s Winning Formula for the Food and Beverage Industry - Area Development
The logistics/distribution advantages to be found in Kentucky, as well as its strength in agriculture, have made it a premier location for new and expanding companies in the food and beverage industry.
area-development-features  Matt  kentucky  south  logistics  distribution  supply-chain  food-industry  food-processing  beverage-industry  economic-development  site-selection  agribusiness  agriculture 
january 2019 by areadevelopment
Agricultural Dumping in the Chicken Sector: The Case of Western and Central Africa (pdf)
fodder for the chicken bone theory...

"Since the beginning of the 90s, chicken exports from the EU to coastal countries of Western and Central Africa have increased significantly. Those exports are usually made of frozen cut pieces, such as neck, back, legs, and wings. EU consumers trend to eat breast rather than whole chicken, and there is no market in the EU for others cut pieces, except for pet food. European poultry processing industry has the choice between pet food and export to poor countries at low costs, to sell those residues."
Ghana  politics  policy  economics  trade  Africa  Germany  agriculture  agribusiness  food  chicken 
january 2019 by amaah
U.S. Farmers Fear Lucrative Japanese Exports Will Wither - WSJ
Two new trade pacts will soon cut Japanese tariffs and ease quotas on products sold by some of American agriculture’s biggest competitors.
Around-the-web  Matt  agribusiness  agriculture  food-processing  food-industry  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  trade  trade-agreements  exports  imports  business-globalization  Japan 
january 2019 by areadevelopment
This is a Chinese hotpot, you engorged penis
> Meat eaters be like “vegan food looks and tastes gross”
> And then eat something that looks like leftover dishwater

This is a Chinese hotpot, you engorged penis
It could be made with nothing but vegan ingredients and it would still be delicious and you’d still be a xenophobic tool

Can we talk about white veganism for a second? The kind espoused by folks like Jona here, who begins his Twitter bio with the Sanskrit word for “nonviolence” but then craps on Asian cultural expressions in order to advance his neocolonial beliefs?

15X THREAD
vegan  colonialism  whiteprivilege  wealthinequality  agribusiness 
december 2018 by campylobacter

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