• Paul Brown (@pbrown1) | on Tuesday
    The probability of a global food shortage this century is unacceptably high. Projected increases in demand are at or near 100% over current production levels, yield increases with traditional plant and animal crops have slowed significantly and current food production s ...

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  • Shelley Jansky (@shjansky) | on Monday
    The potato has been a major source of nutrition for civilizations throughout human history. The Inca Empire was built with the potato as a primary source of sustenance. Similarly, the Industrial Revolution in nineteenth century Europe was fueled in large part by the in ...

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  • Wayne Smith (@cwscotton) | on 15th Aug
    Energy and financing should be devoted to the continuation of applied plant breeding, especially in the area of crops that currently receive little federal and state support. Sustaining long term capacity in improving food, feed, fiber, biofuel, shelter, and greenspace c ...

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  • The vertical scale, small patch size and density of cities provides opportunities for new approaches to growing food and enhancing ecosystem services. Urban planners should be collaborating with agricultural scientists and community organizers at scale, to make new solu ...

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  • We currently rely on informal interactions between breeders and producers for development of new varieties that are then sold directly or indirectly to a variety of consumers. We should develop incentives to strengthen the feedback between all the people in the product ...

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  • Rapid advances are occurring in the Ag sector due to digital agriculture and precision agriculture applications. A significant portion of these advances are due to private sector research and investments. However, we still need public research to address those issues t ...

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  • Joann McQuone (@asabe1907) | on 11th Aug
    ASABE has a long history of providing resources to help engineers solve problems in food, agriculture, natural resources, and the environment. As this paper highlights the specific needs of the three “security” themes (food security, energy security, and water security) ...

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  • Design cropping systems that work together agronomically, in soil impact and water usage, pest and disease management and simultaneously do the economic research, market development and build infrastructure to support a sustainable system. Growers have to be profitable t ...

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  • Peter Stephen Baenziger (@pbaenziger1) | on 9th Aug
    Hybrid wheat failed in the past becauase it was difficult to make hybrids, hence it was impossible to develop heterotic groups. Using advanced mating designs, genomic predictions, and chemical hybridizing agents (CHA), it will be possible to make, predict, and test expe ...

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  • Mike Hands (@ingatrees) | on 9th Aug
    The Inga Foundation’s simple but revolutionary system of Inga alley-cropping is the scientifically-proven solution to stopping the devastation of tropical rainforests. The ability of the resilient Inga tree to regenerate and enrich depleted soil dramatically transforms t ...

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  • Anita Klein (@aklein) | on 8th Aug
    Halifax Nova Scotia and San Francisco are among the urban centers that have city wide composting. As Daryl Lund suggested, ban the garbage disposal.
  • chandler wiland (@ohnurse) | on 8th Aug
    many states are requiring that products of GMO be labeled as GMO. i was a skeptic of GMO technology until last night's movie, "Food Evolution". my idea is that GMO labeling include the rationale of why that product was GMO: rice genetically modified to include vitamin ...

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