Editor’s note: Eliot Coleman is one of the most revered and influential small-scale farmers in the United States, famous for growing delicious vegetables through the Maine winter with little use of fossil fuel.
While world cereal production is heading towards a modest decline in 2009, it will still be the second highest after last year’s record. Total cereal utilization will expand in the new season (2009/10), albeit at a slower rate than in 2008/09. Feed utilization is expected to be most hit by the current economic slow down, and register only a modest increase, but growth in industrial use of cereals may also lose steam in the new season. Food cereal consumption is expected to keep up with population growth, at the global and even national levels in most countries. Overall, the anticipated decline in world cereal production is likely to be offset by a draw down from stocks carried-over from the current season, and as such, supply is foreseen to be sufficient to meet the expected demand.
On a crisp winter morning in Belfast, Dr Lorraine Anderson was nearing the end of her doctorate research project. She had spent weeks hunched over a microscope looking at samples of sperm. Anderson was trying to figure out what made some sperm move slower than others. As a specialist in reproductive medicine at Belfast's Royal Maternity Hospital she was particularly interested in why some samples moved so sluggishly that they would have trouble reaching and fertilising an egg. Anderson knew that a sperm's 'motility' was one of the critical factors in fertility. 'It doesn't matter how many sperm a man's got; if they can't get from A to B then there's little chance of reproduction,' she says.
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How carbon farming, the practise of putting CO2 back into the soil, can help fight global warming.
Health :: News :: April 24, 2009 :: :: Email :: Print A few researchers are turning their attention to the sunshine vitamin as a culprit, prompted by the experience of immigrants that have moved from their equatorial country to two northern latitude locations By Gabrielle Glaser HELP FROM THE SUN?
Hi gents, Thou hast no right but to do thy Will. Two people asked me about supplement recommendations while I was at SENS3 last week, albeit in different contexts.
Why is it so easy for us to believe that fat is a bad dietary ingredient? The idea is that fat has nine calories per gram, and carbohydrates and protein have four calories per gram, and somehow the theory is that the denser the calories, the more easier it is for us to eat more of them. What happened is in the '50s and '60s, when researchers started fingering fat as a cause of heart disease, the obesity researchers, the obesity community started advocating low-fat diets, which they had never done before. A low-fat diet is by definition a high-carbohydrate diet. But you had this sort of synchronicity where you had the heart disease people saying, "Give up fat, saturated fat, for heart disease," and the obesity people started saying, "Give up fat because it must be the best diet because fat is the densest calories."
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On a farm in coastal Maine, a barn is going up. Right now it's little more than a concrete slab and some wooden beams, but when it's finished, the barn will provide winter shelter for up to six cows and a few head of sheep. None of this would be remarkable if it weren't for the fact that the people building the barn are two of the most highly regarded organic-vegetable farmers in the country: Eliot Coleman wrote the bible of organic farming, The New Organic Grower , and Barbara Damrosch is the Washington Post 's gardening columnist. At a time when a growing number of environmental activists are calling for an end to eating meat, this veggie-centric power couple is beginning to raise it.