Is the World Getting Better?

October 12, 2017 – Just got back from a week away with my wife, daughter, and son-in-law, visiting family in Atlanta, Georgia. Happy to say there were no mass shootings while ... Continue Reading →

Agriculture Faces Many 21st Century Disruptors

September 18, 2017 – Our perspective on agriculture is about to go through dramatic changes as this century unfolds. What are some of the disruptive forces at work? Global population ... Continue Reading →

Almost 60,000 Suicides in the Indian Farming Community Attributed to Climate Change

August 2, 2017 – Those who study agriculture are more aware of climate change than most. They track and assess trends for incidents of extreme weather. They study rainfall patterns. ... Continue Reading →

World’s Tropics Getting Fatter with Global Warming

July 28, 2017 – It’s going to take some amazing dieting to reduce the Earth’s bulging tropical zone over the next century and beyond. The official tropics lie between ... Continue Reading →

Double Whammy Risk of Crop Failures From Climate Change States British Research Study

July 16, 2017 – Two days ago I wrote about declining aquifers in the breadbaskets of the world with a particular focus on the vulnerability of India and Pakistan because of overdrawn ... Continue Reading →

Depleting Aquifers: A Sign of the Time and a Threat to the Breadbaskets of the World

July 14, 2017 – For those of us who read this blog and live in North America, depleting aquifers is not a new subject. The Central Valley of California, the agriculture epicenter ... Continue Reading →

A New Technology for Identifying Variable Soil Problems that Impact Farm Yields

July 13, 2017 – A San Francisco-based start-up, Trace Genomics, founded in 2015 has developed a test that gives farmers a comprehensive profile of the microbiology in soil samples ... Continue Reading →

Urban Farming the New Model for Grocery Stores, Reducing Our Carbon Footprint, and Feeding Cities

July 3, 2017 – Professor Dickson Despommier of Columbia University, whose work on vertical farms has made him a primary advocate of urban agriculture as part of a solution to ... Continue Reading →

Mission 2020 – A Three-Year Project to Tackle CO2 and Other Greenhouse Gas Emissions

June 30, 2017 – Look at the map that appears immediately below this first paragraph. It is an image of the United States that shows county-level economic impacts from emissions ... Continue Reading →

New Antioxidant Rice a Product of Genetic Engineering That Could Reduce Fatal and Chronic Illnesses

June 27, 2017 – The “Color Purple” is more than a Steven Spielberg movie. It is the tint of a new genetically engineered variety of rice developed by Chinese researchers ... Continue Reading →