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  • Is Cattlemen Armed Insurrection the New Form of American Protest? (Amazing!)

    04/17/2014 10:07:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The cattle-ranch protest in Nevada was an armed insurrection by the Tea Party. One thousand Tea Party, so-called “patriots,” came to Bunkerville, NV, brandished weapons and the government backed down. Other mass protests in America have either ended in arrests or violent clashes between authorities and protesters. There is an obvious double standard here because the government relented and turned away. Why did the government do this? The main difference between many other mass protests and the cattle-ranch protest is that the cattle-ranch protesters were armed with handguns and assault rifles. Is American in such a state where the new...
  • Táin Bó Cúalnge -- The Irish Cattle raids.

    04/16/2014 6:22:40 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 5 replies ^ | 1st century AD. | sstaylor (translation, Vassar College)
    Everything you want to know about Cattle raiding, water rights, grazing rights, oppressive governments and misguided people. Provides a nice break from the current Bundy news cycle monopoly. Táin Bó is the base of several Irish stories involving cattle and politics, of which Táin Bó Cúalnge is but one, 'The Cattle Raid of Cooley'.
  • Was Stopping Nevada’s Fracking Rush Behind the Bundy Showdown?

    04/14/2014 8:36:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable blog ^ | April 14, 2014 | Marita Noon
    The story of rancher Cliven Bundy has captured an abundance of media attention and attracted supporters from across the West, who relate to the struggle against the federal management of lands. Bundy’s sister, Susan, was asked: “Who’s behind the uproar?” She blamed the Sierra Club, then Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and then President Obama. She concluded her comments with: “It’s all about control”—a sentiment that is frequently expressed regarding actions taken in response to some endangered-species claim. An Associated Press report describes Bundy’s battle this way: “The current showdown pits rancher Cliven Bundy’s claims of ancestral rights to graze his...
  • Chinese Solar Deal with Harry Reid is Kaput-No Where Near Bundy

    04/14/2014 4:00:46 PM PDT · by jenk · 41 replies ^ | 4/14/14 | Jen Kuznicki
    Don't get me wrong, Harry Reid is behind everything in Nevada, but I haven't seen evidence that the solar deal with ENN is even still being considered.  After The Blaze reported that ENN dumped the project, I still see links to this Reid/Chinese deal that isn't happening. "A Chinese-backed company is pulling the plug on a multibillion-dollar solar project near Laughlin after it was unable to find customers for the power that would have been generated there, a Clark County spokesman said Friday.In a letter dated Friday, an executive from ENN Mojave Energy LLC informed the county that the company...
  • it is a bad sign

    04/11/2014 10:31:37 PM PDT · by bigheadfred · 104 replies
    me ^ | now | me
    This cat of me has owned yus for many years. She screams to be free, but when you let her out, she screams to come back inside. Now I like this cat. But the only two other things she will eat (besides dry catfood) are refried beans and popcorn....
  • "Preppers Festival" New Castle, VA on April 19th, 2014

    04/03/2014 4:01:02 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    Craig County Business Association ^ | April 04, 2014 | Unattributed
    About the 2014 Preppers Festival The Prepper's Festival will be held on Downtown Main Street in New Castle, VA on April 19th, 2014. This event will include a wide array of preparedness, homesteading and survivalist-related vendors, local artisans, skill-building workshops and even a Top Chef style Prepper's Cook-Off! Additionally, live music will be provided throughout the day and a large raffle will be held. This event is sure to be fun and very informative for all who attend!
  • 31 Percent Of All Food In America Is Wasted – And Why That Is About To End

    03/09/2014 6:28:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/26/2014 | Michael Snyder
    According to a stunning new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly a third of all food produced in the United States gets wasted. We are probably the most wasteful society in the history of the planet, and we are also one of the most gluttonous. More than 35 percent of all Americans are considered to be officially "obese" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, this era of gluttony and taking food for granted will soon be coming to an end. Thanks to crippling drought in key growing areas and other extremely bizarre weather patterns, a...
  • 31 Percent Of All Food In America Is Wasted – And Why That Is About To End

    03/04/2014 7:04:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/01/2014 | Michael Snyder
    According to a stunning new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly a third of all food produced in the United States gets wasted. We are probably the most wasteful society in the history of the planet, and we are also one of the most gluttonous. More than 35 percent of all Americans are considered to be officially "obese" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, this era of gluttony and taking food for granted will soon be coming to an end. Thanks to crippling drought in key growing areas and other extremely bizarre weather patterns, a...
  • National Pig Day – 2014

    03/01/2014 7:39:05 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 39 replies
    PORKOPOLIS ^ | March 1, 2014 | PORKOPOLIS
    March 1, 2014 National Pig Day – 2014 PORKOPOLIS On an internet known for plenty of spam and pale ink, remains a noble mainstay and faithful guardian of the appreciation of this Republic’s, and indeed the world’s, pandemonius plethora of pigs. stands as part of a brother and sisterhood of swineherds and scholars; pig pundits and porktologists; bourgeois pigs, breeders and bacon laureates; pigmatists and pigamists who all refute the sentiment “of any pork in a storm.” Instead, we hail the great intelligence, amenable disposition, self-reliance and down right savoriness of the pig. Swinedom is to be admired...
  • First Colorado County Reports Pot Taxes

    02/26/2014 3:02:49 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 9 replies
    CBS - Denver ^ | 2/26/2014 | News Desk
    DENVER (AP) – A southern Colorado county with two recreational marijuana stores has become the first in the state to announce tax totals from the new industry. Pueblo County finance authorities announced Monday that its two shops had about $1 million in total sales in January, producing about $56,000 in local sales taxes. ... snip ...
  • Ag Still Not Michigan's 2nd Largest Industry

    02/26/2014 7:34:41 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/22/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    President Obama came to Michigan recently to sign the $1 trillion farm bill and in a press release touting the bill, Sen. Debbie Stabenow called agriculture the state's "second-largest industry after manufacturing." That is false. A quick look at the data shows there is no possible way to justify calling agriculture Michigan's second-largest industry. Yet the claim has been repeated for years. This is especially distressing because Sen. Stabenow, D-Lansing, is the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and should know the size and scale of the industry. The myth also is repeated by the Michigan Farm Bureau and the...
  • Make Your Own Homemade Baby Food

    02/20/2014 6:42:40 PM PST · by JoeSeales · 33 replies ^ | 2-20-14 |
    Hey guys. The wife and I just created a new website for those of you who are new parents. Making baby recipes for your little one protects them from harmful additives such as nitrates, artificial coloring, and preservatives including BHA, BHT, and TBHQ. In addition to protecting your baby from the unnatural additives, you save a great deal of money making your own homemade baby food. For example, buying store bought organic food costs on average $1.40 for a 4 ounce jar. Making the same amount at home costs about $.30. Store bought non-organic food costs about $1.05 per 4...
  • Baby Food Recipes- New Website

    02/20/2014 6:39:01 PM PST · by JoeSeales · 3 replies ^ | 2-20-14 |
    Hey guys. The wife and I just created a new website for those of you who are new parents. Making baby recipes for your little one protects them from harmful additives such as nitrates, artificial coloring, and preservatives including BHA, BHT, and TBHQ. In addition to protecting your baby from the unnatural additives, you save a great deal of money making your own homemade baby food. For example, buying store bought organic food costs on average $1.40 for a 4 ounce jar. Making the same amount at home costs about $.30. Store bought non-organic food costs about $1.05 per 4...
  • Bee Deaths Reversal: As Evidence Points Away From Neonics As Driver, Pressure Builds To Rethink Ban

    02/07/2014 5:21:27 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2-5-2014 | Jon Entine
    If the Environmental Protection Agency moves to restrict neonicotinoid pesticides, often called neonics, because of fears that they are causing bee deaths, it will happen in spite of the mounting empirical evidence rather than because of it. Last December, in response to fevered political pressure, the European Commission banned the use of neonics for two years. The moratorium, guided by the precautionary politics that now dominate science-based regulation in Europe, took effect just as a number of new studies shed increasing doubt on the belief that neonics play a key role in bee health. (snip) The “crisis” prompting this handwringing...
  • A Future of Lab-Produced Meat?

    02/01/2014 11:43:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    LA Weekly's Squid Ink Blog ^ | January 22, 2014 | Ben Wurgaft
    When, if ever, will we eat lab-grown meat? It's still early enough in 2014 for predictions of the year to come, and late 2013 saw the unveiling of the world's first hamburger made of laboratory-cultured animal protein, leading to a frenzy of journalistic coverage and even one short article that collected past predictions for when "cultured meat" might reach supermarket shelves. ("Cultured meat" is the term of preference among the substance's promoters, over "schmeat," "lab meat," and of course "frankenmeat.") Those skeptical about the viability of meat grown in laboratories can look back with satisfaction at a long history of...
  • Sustainability Hits the Fan: 15 DIY Projects from Preppers

    01/18/2014 6:36:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    SustainABlog ^ | December 30, 2013 | Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    I’ll be honest: for years, I never considered the survivalist/prepper crowds as target audiences. I mean, we’re on totally different ideological wavelengths, right? I’m not into shooting things, and they likely think I’m a touchy-feely hippie who wouldn’t survive a week after SHTF. What could we possibly have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out – apparently, ideology ain’t everything. As we’ve started doing more DIY/upcycling/self-sufficiency content, we’ve seen a steady rise in readership from sites like The Homestead Survival and Knowledge Weighs Nothing. And, as you might expect, I’ve spent more time checking out these sites and those...
  • Crisis Prayer Request-Homeless in 10 Days!

    12/17/2013 8:04:19 AM PST · by Siouxz · 62 replies
    12/17/2013 | Me
    My family is in urgent need of prayers. Our landlord unexpectly sold the farm we had been renting with an eye toward rent-to-own. New owner will not even speak to us. Wants us out of his new weekend retreat before January 3. No compromise. He is completely within his legal rights to do this, btw. I am talking about 7 people, including 2 preschoolers, becoming homeless on a Kentucky Appalachian mountaintop in January. We have a cow ready to calve any day now, 3 horses, and farming hand tools we have been gathering for several years. If we and our...
  • Chicken In Popular Products May Soon Be Made In China

    11/12/2013 5:54:07 PM PST · by TexGrill · 55 replies
    WBZ TV ^ | 11/11/2013 | Michelle Roberts
    BOSTON (CBS) — As soon as next summer, nuggets and other popular chicken products could be made with chicken processed in China, all because of a recent change in regulations. “Oh, it makes me a little nervous,” says mother of two, Katrina Lee. China has a long history of serving up unsafe food, including the industrial chemical melamine that was deliberately put in pet food and infant formula. There were also cases of tainted rat meat passed off as lamb. “To me it’s a big leap of faith for us to now have to accept that foods coming from china...
  • Obama Steals Food From The Poor To Pay For Michele’s ‘Let’s Move’ Program

    11/12/2013 8:38:09 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | Nov 12, 2013 | Dave Jolly
    Obama Steals Food From The Poor To Pay For Michele’s ‘Let’s Move’ Program Posted 6 hours ago by Dave Jolly Filed under Entitlements, Ethics, Government Spending, Liberalism, Politics Millions of food stamp recipients are finding their government supplement smaller this month. The federal government made sizeable cuts to the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) otherwise known as food stamps. This cut will affect 47.6 million Americans or about 1 out of every 6 people. Under the new guidelines, a family of 4 will see their food stamps drop from $668 a month to $632 a month. While $36 dollars doesn’t...
  • How much farmland has India lost?

    11/11/2013 11:50:52 PM PST · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 11/12/2013 | Economic Times
    Due to the buying spree in rural land, how much farmland has India lost? According to the ministry of agriculture, almost none. It says India lost 16,000 sq km, or 0.8% of her gross cropped area, in the 10-year period to 2010-11. The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), in fact, says land under cultivation stayed constant in the last 10 years. Another number comes from the Census Department, which says area under urban use jumped by 24,000 sq km during the same period. Much of this would have been at the expense of rural land. "As cities grow, agricultural area...
  • New firm for large-scale rice farming to help nation (Japan)

    11/11/2013 10:04:55 PM PST · by TexGrill · 9 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 11/11/2013 | Jiji
    AKITA – A new company aiming to mediate between rice producers, mass merchants and consumers was established Monday, led by agricultural corporations in Akita Prefecture and the city of Sendai. The move is part of efforts to prepare for rapid changes in the competitive environment for agriculture, including Japan’s participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks and the planned abolition of rice production adjustments in five years. The new firm is based in the village of Ogata, Akita Prefecture. It was chiefly founded by Ogatamura Akitakomachi Seisansha Kyokai, an Ogata firm selling rice online to individual customers nationwide, and Butai...
  • Nation to get guidelines against dishonest menus (Japan)

    11/11/2013 10:00:36 PM PST · by TexGrill · 18 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 11/11/2013 | Jiji
    The government plans to draw up guidelines to tackle dishonest menus and food labels that have been used by many hotels, restaurants and department stores across Japan. At a meeting Monday of officials from relevant agencies, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga asked for effective measures to ensure suitable representations of dishes and food products at such locations. The government will work out guidelines under the law against unjustified premiums and misleading representations, Suga said, urging the agencies to make sure inappropriate representations are corrected as soon as they are discovered. The dishonest labeling issue “could fundamentally undermine consumer trust in...
  • IMF calls on Thailand to ditch rice support scheme

    11/11/2013 6:47:59 PM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/11/2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund called on Thailand to scrap its pricy scheme to support rice farmers and scale back some other fiscal stimulus measures in order to balance the budget and contain rising public debt. In its annual review of Thailand's economy, the IMF also said the government should do a better job of supervising public banks and non-bank financial institutions, which pose growing financial risks. As Thailand continues to face risks from volatile capital flows and an uncertain global environment, the government should ensure it has enough money to respond to shocks, the IMF said, according to...
  • History of Daylight Saving Time – Ending

    10/28/2013 3:43:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 74 replies
    BillPetro ^ | October 28, 2013 | BILL PETRO
    Daylight Saving Time, or DST, is a brilliant campaign to convince us that we’re getting more daylight each day, when in reality we’ve simply changed our clocks and then forgotten about it within two weeks. DST begins each year at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March in most of the United States and its territories, however there are some places that have not bought into this campaign: it is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the city of South Bend, Indiana nor the state of Arizona except for the Navajo Indian Reservation,...
  • Mitch McConnell for President 2016 [and ZOT for 2013]

    10/24/2013 12:11:05 PM PDT · by WotansHammer · 4,288 replies ^ | click here
    Mitch McConnell for Pres. 2016 and General of Counter-Terrorism for VP. I thought you would be interested in this story I found on US ambassador summoned by Germany over NSA spying (, ) Wait a second? Didn’t Snowden first go to China? Where China and their reverse-technology, was granted the rights to reproduce the Grundig SW radio? I hear people in American jails, know how to increase the band-with of small transistor radio’s. What could China do with a Grundig or cell phone, like the Samsung knock-off. Now didn’t Germany discredit our secrets, as found in the German...
  • The dramatic transformation of rural Malaysia

    10/20/2013 7:25:15 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Malaysian Insider ^ | 10/21/2013 | Rolando T. Dy
    Inclusive growth is what the Philippines needs. Most of the poor who are left behind in economic growth are in the countryside. They are the coconut farmers, small fishers, upland dwellers and landless farm workers. This article discusses the Malaysian experience in rural poverty reduction from the 1960s to the 1990s. Specifically, it focuses on two development models: the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda); and the Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra). Philippine experts confuse Felda and Felcra, and the two with the nucleus estate model of Indonesia. Let’s clarify the main difference: Felda develops government forest lands for...
  • Indonesia's beef industry should learn from palm oil industry

    10/15/2013 10:40:06 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 6 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | 10/16/2013 | John McBeth
    Former Australian cattle station manager Michael Sheehy has some singular advice for the Indonesian government if it wants to achieve self-sufficiency in beef: Follow the model of the booming palm oil industry and put cattle raising in corporate hands. As with most of Indonesia's agriculture, the livestock industry is largely confined to low- technology operations - backyard feedlots that mean a higher cost of production and higher prices for consumers as a result. The Indonesian government has used tariffs and quotas to protect local farmers from international competition. This is a short-term measure which, judging by the current beef price...
  • Thinking about moving SOuth - anyone who can provide suggestions?

    10/15/2013 9:47:23 PM PDT · by freedom462 · 175 replies
    So I am thinking of simply leaving the job I work at now and heading to a Southern state, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Northern Florida, Tennessee, etc since I figure that, since I am one of those who does not have a reliable source of family aid of any kind, that this could be my only option. I am considering finding a church that has a sort of communal living situation, a farm, ranch, factory or other such source that could use additional workers and join one of them. I am thinking of it in light of a situation...
  • Russian food czar rejects imports for ‘patriotic’ fare

    10/13/2013 11:37:08 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 9 replies
    Japan News ^ | 10/14/2013 | Katelyn Fossett
    Katelyn Fossett / Foreign PolicyYou may not have heard of Gennady Onishchenko, but if his own accounts are to be believed, he’s the Russian government official who single-handedly averts major public health crises posed by foreign countries’ dangerously lax and unsophisticated food safety standards (including those in a certain country where the federal government has ground to a halt). To others, Onishchenko, Russia’s chief sanitary inspector, is also Russia’s chief manufacturer of elaborate food safety scares to wage geopolitically motivated trade wars with other countries, particularly former Soviet republics. On Wednesday, Onishchenko, the director of Rospotrebnadzor, Russia’s consumer-protection agency, announced...
  • Sake, wine tariffs eyed for removal (Japan)

    10/13/2013 11:26:55 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Japan News ^ | 10/14/2013 | Yomiuri Shimbun
    The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government and ruling parties have started to consider scrapping tariffs on imported wine, an idea that would, in turn, call on other negotiators in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks to eliminate tariffs on sake, government sources said. The move suggests that the government and ruling parties believe the mutual removal of tariffs would greatly benefit domestic consumers while also increasing sake exports from Japan, according to the sources. The idea to eliminate tariffs on wine was a Japanese response to a request made by Australia and New Zealand, the sources said. The government and the...
  • Security Tight in Moscow after Mass Demonstrations (Russia)

    10/13/2013 10:07:09 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    China Radio International ^ | 10/14/2013 | Guo Jing
    Authorities in Moscow are on high alert in the city's downtown core, following mass demonstrations there on Sunday. Over 200 people have been arrested after rioting broke out south of the Kremlin complex. Earlier in the day on Sunday, angry demonstrators stormed a vegetable market in the area, searching for the person they believe is responsible for a murder. When police showed up to try to restore order, demonstrators eventually turned on police. Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev is vowing to restore order. "Literally tomorrow, activate the work in relation to all of the vegetable warehouses, which are a constant...
  • Singapore diplomat bitten by graft charges over pineapple tarts

    10/10/2013 7:43:47 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - First it was sex, then casinos. Now, a Singapore diplomat has been charged with inflating the number of pineapple tarts and bottles of wine carried on official visits in the latest corruption case to hit the squeaky clean city-state. Lim Cheng Hoe, former chief of protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, allegedly overbilled authorities by around S$89,000 ($71,100) by overstating the amount of gifts bought for official purposes between 2008 and 2012. Lim faces 60 charges and could be jailed for up to three years on each charge if found guilty. Singapore, a wealthy Asian finance and...
  • Thailand: Buying high-speed rail with rice

    10/10/2013 6:55:40 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/10/2013 | BBC
    The country's transport minister is expected to formally agree the barter deal with Chinese premier Li Keqiang on Friday, according to the Nation. The project to link Bangkok with Nong Khai, close to the Laos border, is part of a proposed 2m baht ($30bn, Ł19bn) infrastructure investment programme to part-financed with agricultural products. The railway is one day envisaged to link Thailand with the Southern Chinese province of Kunming, via the Laos capital Vientiane. However, fine details remain to be thrashed out between the countries. The Bangkok Post says even the transport minister isn't optimistic of the scheme's success. It...
  • South Korea suspends some U.S. beef imports over feed additive

    10/09/2013 9:42:20 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/09/2013 | Jane Chung
    SEOUL/CHICAGO Oct 9 (Reuters) - South Korea has suspended some U.S. beef imports after detecting the cattle feed additive zilpaterol in meat supplied by a unit of JBS USA Holdings Inc , raising concerns that the controversial animal growth enhancer may still be in the supply chain weeks after Merck & Co halted sales of Zilmax, the top-selling zilpaterol-based drug. The South Korean claim of zilpaterol-tainted beef is the first to come to light since Merck suspended sales of Zilmax on Aug. 16 amidst concerns about its impact on the health of cattle. It also comes at a time when...
  • Grow your own to save money 6 cold-weather plants that are perfect to plant this Fall

    09/30/2013 10:47:39 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 31 replies
    Clark ^ | 9-17-13 | Crystal Collins
    ost people think that Springtime is the time to start growing that vegetable or herb garden. But there are many types of plants that should mainly be grown during the cooler months. Fall is a great time to try your hand at growing leafy greens, and that makes this a great way to save some money on produce. If you end up with a good harvest, you'll have a bountiful source of vegetables while other people are paying higher prices for greens at the grocery store. Here are 6 cooler weather plants you may want to try your hand at...
  • Asia briefing: China becoming known for a different kind of red

    09/23/2013 7:46:51 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 09/24/2013 | Clifford Coonan
    Ningxia has also become a wine hub in China and, increasingly, wine experts are coming around to the idea of Chinese wine. In December 2011, a panel of 10 wine experts found, in a blind tasting, that of a total of 10 wines made in Ningxia and Bordeaux in France, four out of the top five were Ningxia reds. Ningxia is home to some of the country’s top wineries and they are really make an impact, including Helan Qing Xue and Silver Heights, while the Shanxi-based Grace Vineyard has wineries in Ningxia. “Grape planting is now our main income,” said...
  • Super Plant Combats Desertification (China)

    09/14/2013 8:42:24 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    CRIEnglish ^ | 09/14/2013 | Lu Chang
    Experts and researchers on Saturday introduced new plant technology at a conference held on Saturday in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to harness desertification of China. Juncao, a kind of herbaceous herb, can be cultivated as substrate for edible and medicinal fungi, which may make great strides in sand control and reduce desertification thanks to the efforts of Lin Zhanxi, professor at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, and his team. Lin started working with Juncao in 1986 and developed his system over more than two decades of research and innovation. In April, sand control trials using Juncao were approved...
  • South Korea: Families struggle with harvest festival cost

    09/11/2013 6:50:16 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/11/2013 | BBC
    Around one in 10 families in South Korea are unable to afford traditional gifts for the country's forthcoming Chuseok (harvest festival) holiday, it has been reported. A poll of more than 1,200 people found that 11.6% would not buy presents for the annual celebration, says one of the country's largest supermarkets. Choi Choon-seok of South Korean hypermarket Lotte Mart expects "a noticeable trend toward inexpensive and practical presents" as households grapple with the continuing recession, says The Chosun Ilbo newspaper. People buying presents are likely to spend an average of 196,000 won ($180; Ł115) on gifts of fruit and healthy...
  • Village under siege from marauding monkeys (Thailand)

    08/29/2013 8:24:58 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 24 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 08/29/2013 | AFP
    CHACHOENGSAO - In one village homes are raided, property is pinched and locals are attacked by dastardly gangs operating beyond the law - but the perpetrators are monkeys, not men. "They creep into my house when they see me sleeping, they go into the kitchen and take cooking oil, sugar and even the medicines that I hide in a cabinet,'' said Chaluay Khamkajit, after years battling with pesky primates who are thought to have been drawn into Khlong Charoen Wai village by habitat loss. "They took my snacks, I can buy more, but the medicines are important to me,'' the...
  • Insight: China prepares to ditch cotton stockpiling, wider reform looms

    08/29/2013 7:03:47 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/29/2013 | Dominique Patton
    (Reuters) - China is preparing the ground to scrap a controversial scheme to stockpile cotton in favor of subsidizing farmers, a move that could slash imports by the world's top buyer of the fiber and herald a broad shakeup of Beijing's sensitive farm policies. Abandoning stockpiling would mark the end of a system that has distorted the market to such a degree that it has been cheaper for Chinese mills to import cotton grown abroad than to buy domestic produce. China's top economic planning body has completed a draft plan to change to subsidies and is seeking opinion from experts...
  • 4 Year Old Girl’s Vegetable Garden Must Go, Says USDA

    08/25/2013 10:44:07 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies ^ | August 23, 2013 | Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
    With each passing day, it seems the United States of America, “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” is becoming more and more like the Communist Russia I learned about in elementary school where people weren’t allowed to grow their own food unless the State “allowed” it. In this latest crackdown on citizens simply trying to provide for themselves using the most basic of skills – gardening – the USDA’s Rural Development Agency is forbidding Rosie, an industrious 4-year old girl in South Dakota from using a small, unused area outside her subsidized housing unit to grow green...
  • Emerging Drilling Technology is Silencing Fracking Concerns

    08/21/2013 8:08:50 PM PDT · by kkgurule · 16 replies
    Arkansas, Colorado, Texas—all states of the historic western frontier. Conjuring up images of sprawling ranches, longhorn cattle, and cowboys, the relationship between the American west and the farming industry has endured for almost 200 years. However, modern reality in the form of the race for shale gas, is quickly catching up. As perpetually dry western states close in on a third year of drought and record breaking heat waves, the hydraulic fracturing industry is quickly out-competing ranchers in the scramble for increasingly limited water resources. "We’re not going to be able to raise the food we need," said Ben Rainbolt,...
  • Barbecue like they do it in the South (Japan)

    08/15/2013 10:59:53 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 08/15/2013 | Rebecca Milner
    “Hamburger shops are a dime a dozen in Tokyo these days, but there are very few places doing barbecue,” said Lauren Shannon, owner of Bulldog Barbeque ( By barbecue, Shannon doesn’t mean any old thing thrown on a grill, but rather the tradition of the American South of slow-cooked, smoked meats. If you don’t know it, you’re missing out on some seriously good, authentically American food. If you do know it, you’ve probably lamented that it is so hard to come by in Tokyo. “It’s the exact opposite of fast food. It takes days of salt rubs, hours of smoking....
  • Seattle police to distribute Doritos at pot rally

    08/15/2013 6:20:26 PM PDT · by rawcatslyentist · 18 replies ^ | Aug 15 2013 | Kim Peterson
    Marijuana is now legal in Washington, and the Seattle police have been remarkably mellow about the whole thing. In fact, the city's Police Department plans to be at Hempfest, what has become the largest pot rally in the world. And they're taking bags of Doritos in case anyone, you know, gets a little hungry.
  • Russians destroy their nature for Chinese medicine

    08/15/2013 12:06:55 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Pravda ^ | 08/13/2013 | Julia Chmelenko
    According to the Red Book of the Russian Federation, the country has seen a sharp reduction in the number of rare animals. One of the reasons for this phenomenon is rampant poaching and smuggling to China. After all, the demand on bears, tigers, musk deer, marten is high in the People's Republic of China. Dead animals are transported to China in batches, while many tiger and bear cubs are left orphaned in the wild. Indeed, the number of crimes related to the poaching of rare and endangered species of plants and animals, as well as the transportation of derivatives across...
  • Dog Posing as Lion Causes Uproar at Henan Zoo (China)

    08/14/2013 8:19:21 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    CRIEnglish ^ | 08/15/2013 | Zhang Peng
    Global Times Dog posing as lion causes uproar at Henan zoo Visitors at a Henan Province zoo have expressed their outrage after discovering exhibits claiming to house exotic specimens were just more common animals. Visitors say they feel the zoo tricked them with putting a dog in a lion exhibit. An unnamed official accuses the zoo of illegally charging visitors and operating without required licenses from the local government.
  • Crippling debts and bankruptcies brew Vietnam coffee crisis

    08/14/2013 7:57:34 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/15/2013 | Nguyen Phuong Lin
    HO CHI MINH CITY/SINGAPORE, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Desks are empty, the office silence broken only by a handful of staff chit-chatting or playing on cellphones. It's another slow day at the headquarters of Vinacafe, a state-owned firm once the vanguard of Vietnam's coffee export boom. "There's no one here for you to talk to," a receptionist said when asked who was in charge at the Vietnam National Coffee Corporation in Ho Chi Minh City, the hub of an industry that produces 17 percent of the world coffee output. The bosses and managers of Vinacafe have either quit or were...
  • Cashing in on health scares, China online food sales boom

    08/12/2013 7:05:04 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08/11/2013 | Reuters
    Chinese consumers are responding to a powerful new marketing tactic that plays to a widespread fear of food contamination - the promise of safe groceries sold online. Pledging produce direct from the farm, vendors have found food is becoming one of the fastest-growing segments of Internet retailing as they cash in on scares from cadmium-tainted rice to recycled cooking oil. The trend is adding momentum to a Chinese online retail boom driven by a rapidly expanding middle class, with companies such as COFCO Ltd and Shunfeng Express betting that a decent slice of a 1.3 billion population will pay for...
  • State Cracks Down on Farmer

    08/10/2013 10:45:37 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Aug 2013 | John Semmens
    For the second time in less than a year, Minnesota authorities are prosecuting Alvin Schlangen for unauthorized delivery of farm produce. Schlangen offers members of the private buying club, Freedom Farms Co-op, the benefit of his volunteer delivery service. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) demands that the Stearns County District Attorney stop the deliveries by bringing charges against Schlagen. Schlagen's customers, many of whom have no other convenient means of getting food to their homes, are irate at the MDA. “A lot of those on Schlagen's route are house-bound or handicapped,” said Elisabeth Berry. “More to the point, though,...
  • Wall-E-Like Farming Robots Could Replace Undocumented Workers and Save the US Billions

    06/28/2013 7:11:13 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 68 replies ^ | Andrew Tarantola
    Wall-E-Like Farming Robots Could Replace Undocumented Workers and Save the US Billions Despite advancements in mechanization within US agriculture, some menial jobs are still best left to human workers. Problem is, federal crackdowns on undocumented laborers have decimated that workforce. The Harvester automaton could provide a cheap, readily available labor force without the threat of raids by the INS. The US agriculture industry is worth about $300 billion annually—half from livestock production, the other half from crops. However, some of the most basic jobs in this industry still have to be performed by people. Jobs like offloading potted plants from...