Daily Essentials | 24 August 2016

Mozambique cashews still on the tree. image courtesy Technoserve


The ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION reports that Delta Airlines is testing out cashews as inflight snacks. Somewhere in Mozambique, farmers are smiling.

101 Cookbooks: Coconut Yellow Split Pea Soup
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VOX says: “The “natural” label on your food is baloney”

NEW YORK MAGAZINE reports on Rush Limbaugh’s discovery of a diabolical USDA plan to infiltrate rural America with a liberal fifth column of lesbian farmers.

A hepatis A outbreak in Hawaii from scallops bookends with a Virginia outbreak likely tied to a smoothie chain.

CALIFORNIA AG TODAY: California Air Resources Board declares war on cow flatulence. California dairy farmers declare war on the California Air Resources Board.

BIG PICTURE AGRICULTURE looks at the cost of corn irrigation.

Cost of Corn

A new major paper measuring the organic yield gap by FAFDL members Steve Savage and Andrew Kniss reveals that organic hay production is the one area where organic yields outpace conventional. The FAFDL discussion group explores why that might be and if there are lessons for conventional farmers (or not).

Other hot threads:
Drones: Fad or Future?
Is the FDA letting industry off the hook on GRAS?

Eggplant Parmesean Melts
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