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Milk from Contented Robots?  Technology & Productivity, Dairy Farm Division

Milk from Contented Robots? Technology & Productivity, Dairy Farm Division

A recent report from the Tug Hill region of New York documents how technology is improving the productivity in the dairy industry.  The entire milking process is coming under the control of robots.  We kid you not: Cows wearing numbered red collars with transmitters pushed their way through one-way gates at both sides of the […]

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Do “Food Deserts” Really Matter?

Do “Food Deserts” Really Matter?

Advocates for improved public health and nutrition have argued that obesity and other food-related public health problems are exacerbated by the existence of  “food deserts,” stretches of cities and regions where there are few if any outlets selling fresh, unprocessed food. The L.A. Times reports that a new study finds that the link between the […]

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Crowdsourcing Locally Grown Produce

Crowdsourcing Locally Grown Produce

According to Springwise, a Danish supermarket is the latest to try this: Supermarkets are convenient, but often source their products from multinational companies and farms in distant locations, racking up carbon emissions and squeezing out local competition along the way. Danish co-operative grocery superstore SuperBrugsen now aims to offer a popular alternative by getting customers […]

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Researcher Questions Food Desert Findings

Researcher Questions Food Desert Findings

As we noted last week, a report has called into question the notion that food deserts exist in the US, suggesting that access to high quality food is much better in urban neighborhoods than previously thought.  Over at the Next American City, Ariella Cohen has an interview with food researcher Allison Karpyn in which she […]

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Food Deserts?  What Food Deserts?

Food Deserts? What Food Deserts?

The New York Times reports on two new studies that call into question the importance of so-called “food deserts” in the US: It has become an article of faith among some policy makers and advocates, including Michelle Obama, that poor urban neighborhoods are food deserts, bereft of fresh fruits and vegetables. But two new studies […]

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Europe Paying a Price for Sustainable Agriculture

Europe Paying a Price for Sustainable Agriculture

According to Deutsche Welle, Europe is experiencing an egg crisis set off by recent regulations intended to promote more humane farming practices: An EU ban on hen battery cages has caused egg prices to reach record levels, with the food industry hardest hit by short supplies, the EU Commission said. The shortage is expected to […]

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