Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What's in the News: May 2014

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May showers bring? The month has been a quite a bit colder and wetter than I was hoping, which might lead to a late harvest. We'll see if the sun sees fit to show its face more in the coming months.

Luckily, such uncertain factors as weather patterns won't matter much if we all starting eating Soylent, a new technology pioneered by Silicon Valley types who just can't bear the thought of having to leave their desks for reasons of mortal weakness like lunch breaks. It's probably not actually made of people. Yet.

Meanwhile, farther up the West coast, acidification of ocean water is having a negative effect on oyster shell formation. The blame for this seems to fall, at least in part, on human-caused climate change. Sigh.

In much better news, farmers in Paraguay have opened the world's first producer-owned Fair Trade certified, organic sugar mill. With new, profitable career opportunities on family farms, the brain drain of Paraguay's younger generation from its rural villages is seeing a reversal.

Oh and, I met Michael Pollan.

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