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March 17, 2010 Agriculture

Growing Farmers

Canada needs policies to support young farmers: NFUY

June 13, 2009 Weblog:

Michael Pollan describes swine flu two years before it's news

Reading Michael Pollan's 2006 book The Omnivore's Dilemma. The author is, it would seem, a prophet. Or maybe just a real journalist.

Stop me when this sounds familiar:

The unnaturally rich diet of corn that undermines a steer's health fattens his flesh in a way that undermines the health of the humans who will eat it. The antibiotics these animals consume with their corn at this very moment are selecting, in their guy and wherever else in the environment they end up, for new strains of bacteria that will someday infect us and withstand the drugs we depend upon to treat that infection. We inhabit the same microbial ecosystem as the animals we eat, and whatever happens in it also happens to us.

Not a very satisfying thing to predict, but it's not like informed people didn't see it coming.

August 1, 2008 Month in Review

July in Review

G8 feasts, pancakes go dry and "yellowcake" soars

June 9, 2007 Weblog:

Alberta: A quick visit to a feedlot

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On our way to the tar sands in Northern Alberta, one of our rides gave us an impromptu tour of a feedlot, where the storied Alberta Beef is raised.

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