Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Organic Farmers Among the stables of trusts ...

“She placed the cake in the center of the table  and everyone, apart from Miss Buncocockroach milk the next superfood ..., made a fuss over it, praising the detail on Jesus’ face, how intricate the thorns were, how the cochineal coloring had made the blood trickling down his cheek so vibrantly red.“
~Bathroom Quote

BREAKING: New DNA Testing on 2,000-Year-Old Elongated Paracas Skulls Changes Known History Ancient Origins

The tech giant is using the leafy green machine from Freight Farms to feed and educate its employees   

Wasps are a threat, often putting us at risk of a sting. But wasps lead exemplary lives, and they're responsible for a great shift in cultural history. Humble wasp

What birds do for fun ... Repeated Wagga wagga type fun ...

Cinammon may improve learning skills target alzheimers parkinsons mild cognitive impairment

For 90 years, lightbulbs were designed to burn out. Now that’s coming to LED bulbs BoingBoing 

What You Need to Know About the World’s Water Wars National Geographic

At Last: The Smithsonian is Hiring a Beer Historian

Farmers Are Still Fighting For The Right To Fix Their Own Tractors Jalopnik 

No More F***** Farmers’ Markets’. Foodie localism loves farming in theory, but not in practice Aeon. Quelle surprise! Farming is physical work. 

The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce a Third of Its GDP Truthout

Every culture has rules and taboos about food, but moralizing about what we eat is most evident in cultures with a dichotomy between pleasure and virtue and organic food  ... 

New Zealand to exterminate all introduced predators

Corn crops are important to Iowa, and the faster they grow, the better. When Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley posted a tweet crediting GMOs for the state's taller corn, an Iowa newspaper stepped in with a well-researched fact check.

Via Vox – by Julia Belluz, Brad Plumer, and Brian Resnick, July 14, 2016: “Science is in big trouble. Or so we’re told. In the past several years, many scientists have become afflicted with a serious case of doubt — doubt in the very institution of science. Explore the biggest challenges facing science, and how we can fix them: As reporters covering medicine, psychology, climate change, and other areas of research, we wanted to understand this epidemic of doubt. So we sent scientists a survey asking this simple question: If you could change one thing about how science works today, what would it be and why? We heard back from 270 scientists all over the world, including graduate students, senior professors, laboratory heads, and Fields Medalists. They told us that, in a variety of ways, their careers are being hijacked by perverse incentives. The result is bad science…”
Mission: Save the Environment Project Syndicate 

How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology Atlantic 

In Advanced Economies, Two-Thirds of Population Have Seen Incomes Stagnate, Study Shows Wall Street Journal. From last week

Death is unavoidable and suffering is everywhere, says Julian Baggini. The only debate should be about the nature and extent of our participation. So let's talk about eating meat... Digestion  

So it has come to this: An app that finds someone to pick up your dog’s poop Washington Post

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. 
~ Cicero
EU set to hit truck groups with record fine for price-fixing Financial Times

Europe awaits last-ditch effort to save its milk farms Politico

Now scientists have determined that humans and their honeyguides [a kind of bird] communicate with each other through an extraordinary exchange of sounds and gestures, which are used only for honey hunting and serve to convey enthusiasm, trustworthiness and a commitment to the dangerous business of separating bees from their hives.  
The findings cast fresh light on one of only a few known examples of cooperation between humans and free-living wild animals, a partnership that may well predate the love affair between people and their domesticated dogs by hundreds of thousands of years.
Claire N. Spottiswoode, a behavioral ecologist at Cambridge University, and her colleagues reported in the journal Science that honeyguides advertise their scout readiness to the Yao people of northern Mozambique by flying up close while emitting a loud chattering cry.  
For their part, the Yao seek to recruit and retain honeyguides with a distinctive vocalization, a firmly trilled “brrr” followed by a grunted “hmm.” In a series of careful experiments, the researchers then showed that honeyguides take the meaning of the familiar ahoy seriously.  
…Researchers have identified a couple of other examples of human-wild animal cooperation: fishermen in Brazil who work with bottlenose dolphins to maximize the number of mullets swept into nets or snatched up by dolphin mouths, and orcas that helped whalers finish off harpooned baleen giants by pulling down the cables and drowning the whales, all for the reward from the humans of a massive whale tongue.  
But for the clarity of reciprocity, nothing can match the relationship between honeyguide and honey hunter. “Honeyguides provide the information and get the wax,” Dr. Spottiswoode said. “Humans provide the skills and get the honey.”

  Like  St Francis talking to the birds ...

Bees surround truck on Geary Street in San Francisco San Francisco Chronicle

“Not until bones have found a last resting place will shades be let across these gurgling currents, their doom instead to wander and haunt about the banks for a hundred years.” 
  Drone disguised to look like wildlife 

Organic Farmers Leave Organic Trade Association over GMO Labeling Betrayal Sustainable Pulse

loon and baby links

Biotrap is the world’s first 100% biodegradable mosquito trap  Inhabitat 

The visual discovery app Blippar helps you discover a plant's name, genus, native region and more

The FarmBot makes it possible to digitally design and set-up a garden from almost anywhere