Nibbles: GenResBridge, Food for All, CIAT genebank, Seed for the Future, Vavilov book, Seeing Pastoralism, S Sudan floods, Sustainable diets, Elon Musk, CePaCT, NZ genebank, Wild potato, Peyote

  1. Europe gets a genetic resources strategy at last. Rejoice.
  2. Book on how international organizations could, should, would transform agriculture.
  3. Meanwhile, in Cali
  4. BBVA and El Celler de Can Roca collaborate on forgotten foods documentary, Seeds for the Future.
  5. A novel about Vavilov? Well, why not.
  6. Exhibition on pastoralism.
  7. Visual essay on floods in South Sudan.
  8. Why not throw money at food security though? I mean, just see above, right?
  9. Beyond the EAT-Lancet diet. S. Sudan unavailable for comment.
  10. The SPC genebank curator waxes lyrical.
  11. Not far away, New Zealand cryopreserves some of its native plants.
  12. The latest on the Four Corners potato. I hope it’s in cryo…
  13. …and that it doesn’t go the way of the peyote.

Nibbles: Mesopotamian ag & gardens, Old dogs, Ethiopian church groves, High Desert Seed, Australian Rubus, Fuggle hop, New sweet potato, Naming organisms

  1. Jeremy’s newsletter deals with Sumerian grains, among other things.
  2. Which may have been grown in the gardens of Uruk.
  3. I suppose the Sumerians must have had weird dogs frolicking around their gardens?
  4. Maybe they even thought of their gardens as sacred places. You know, like in Ethiopia.
  5. Seeds for a desert half a world away from Sumeria.
  6. Meanwhile, half a world away in the other direction, a thornless raspberry takes a bow.
  7. The Sumerians had beer, right? Not with this hop though. Or any hops, actually.
  8. Pretty sure they didn’t have sweet potatoes either. Of any colour.
  9. They had names for whatever they grew of course. And such vernacular names can be a pain in the ass, but also kinda fun.

Nibbles: Mustard, Sugar, Cassowary, Citrus, Beans

  1. Cologne has a mustard museum and I want to visit it.
  2. Lecture on the role of sugar in supporting slavery and capitalism. Where is the sugar museum?Ah here it is.
  3. The cassowary may have been domesticated in New Guinea ten thousand years ago (with sugarcane?). Deserves a museum.
  4. Speaking of domestication, here is how that of citrus happened. There’s actually a number of different citrus museums out there.
  5. Nice PhD opportunity Sweden studying beans in Rwanda. There are museums in both places, I’m pretty sure.

Nibbles: Ethiopian gardens, Potato history, Early tobacco, Byzantine wine, American grapevines, Farmers & conservation

  1. Lecture on the enset (and other things) gardens of Ethiopia coming up in November.
  2. Book on the potato and governance tries to rescue small subsistence farmers from “the enormous condescension of posterity.”
  3. (Really) ancient Americans may have smoked around the campfire. Tobacco, people, just tobacco.
  4. Byzantine era wine factory found in Israel. Pass the bottle.
  5. Meanwhile, half a world away, Indigenous Americans were using their own grapes in their own way.
  6. Farmers and conservation of crop diversity.

Brainfood: Domestication, Maize roots, Dental calculus, Psychedelic drugs, Green manures, Forage millet, VIR radish, Wild beans, Siberian dogs, Maize taxi, Dairying history