Category Archives: Agriculture

Louise Slaughter, Congresswoman and Microbiologist, RIP

Friday, Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter died after complications from a fall. She was a stalwart for women’s rights, and co-author of the Violence Against Women Act; Slaughter also was one of the few congress(wo)men who attempted to delay the confirmation … Continue reading

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The Hidden Keynesian Stimulus

Or maybe it should be called a Lernerian stimulus? Either way, this excellent story about the USDA touches on an important reason why so many ‘anti-government’ U.S.-ians are fine with receiving government assistance–they don’t realize they’re getting government aid (boldface … Continue reading

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The Republican War On Microbiology

Yes, this is from Trump’s proposed budget, not a Congressional proposal. But until Republicans shoot this down–if they do shoot it down–they own this (boldface mine; color original): Welcome to the ARS Culture Collection (NRRL) Please note that the President’s … Continue reading

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Chemical Saftey During The Reign Of Il Trumpe

Only one month after the Trump administration liberated us from the horrors of pesticide regulation, this happened (boldface mine): On May 5, more than 50 farmworkers outside of Bakersfield, California, were exposed to a highly toxic pesticide that apparently drifted … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Conservatives, Food, Public Health

Has Vertical Farming Come Of Age?

Finally? Vertical farming–which is essentially growing crops in buildings–might have finally arrived. The problem has always been that it wasn’t clear that these farms could make money. According this article, that doesn’t seem to be a problem (boldface mine): Most … Continue reading

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A Public Health Question About the Bird Influenza Epidemic

You might not be aware of a massive bird flu epidemic ripping its way across the U.S.: Iowa, where one in every five eggs consumed in the country is laid, has been the hardest hit: More than 40 percent of … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Aves, Influenza, Vaccination

What Does “Human Antibiotics” Mean?

Because, like Honey Badger, bacteria just don’t give a shit what they’re called. Recently, Tyson Food, the largest U.S. poultry producer, announced they’re changing their antibiotic use policies (boldface mine): Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) said today it is striving … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Antibiotics, Evolution, Plasmids

Vertical Farms and Surburbia/Exurbia

I’ve been interested in vertical farms since the idea was first kicked around. While there’s still a lot of pie-in-the-sky type thinking about vertical farming, it looks like it’s beginning to happen (boldface mine): A former Grammer, Dempsey and Hudson … Continue reading

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Heard It Through the Grapevine: More Scientific Infrastructure Problems

Our usual plaint about the state of research infrastructure: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science in TV and movies is the notion that there’s this huge infrastructure: shiny labs (which are always neat and spacious), high-tech … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Booze, Funding, Plants

New Chicken Microbial Survey Reveals Very Little That’s New

Before I get into the meat of the post (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?), let me state for the record that I think the U.S. needs to do much more in terms of limiting antibiotic use in agriculture, especially since … Continue reading

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