Nibbles: Ireland, Plumpy’nut, Saola, Food heritage protection, Millet, Wild veggies, Brassica, UNMDGs, Ukraine

  • Celebrating the Irish Seed Savers Association celebrations. We had wanted to be there…
  • CAS-IP on how to “break” the Plumpy’nut patent.
  • Cattle wild relative seen for first time in 10 years. Well, by scientists anyway.
  • “Initiatives that merely codify cultural products without taking the social-organizational context into account risk becoming little more than ‘museums of production.'” Ouch.
  • Millet domestication pushed back in time.
  • Antioxidant properties of traditional wild Iberian leafy greens. Yes, I know, this medicalizes nutrition, but I thought it was interesting that these wild species are still used.
  • “…a trait of the diploid species, which apparently looks undesirable, might in fact be highly valuable for the improvement of amphidiploids…”
  • “Food? We don’t need no stinkin’ food,” say UN negotiators.
  • UK ambassador’s observations on agriculture in Ukraine. Love the contrast between 100 ha fields of sunflowers and the table groaning under home-grown fruit and vegetables.
  • In other news, the UK’s ambassador to Ukraine has a blog. And so do a number of others. Sorely tempted to subscribe to their RSS.

2 Replies to “Nibbles: Ireland, Plumpy’nut, Saola, Food heritage protection, Millet, Wild veggies, Brassica, UNMDGs, Ukraine”

  1. Now I am glad to be one lecture behind in my ethnobotany course. If I were on schedule, I would have talked about pearl millet domestication today. I would have told the class that despite the clear evidence of an African origin of the crop, that the oldest archaeological data comes from South Asia. As it is, the class can now benefit from your tip-off, and I will include the latest archaeological evidence from Mali in my next lecture.

    Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog to the rescue again! Thank you!

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