Nibbles: Real farming, Ancient farming, Organic farming, Open farming, Innovative farming, African maize farming

  1. Colin Tudge and Jeremy rethink agriculture.
  2. Wait, so it’s not about producing an energy surplus?
  3. Maybe the rethink can include Seed Ambassadors?
  4. Seeds4All is quite the thought.
  5. Who needs a rethink when there’s a whole book on how plant breeding can contribute to sustainable agriculture?
  6. Well, it can certainly pay off, at least money-wise. But does that need a rethink?

Nibbles: Superfoods, Value chains book, North American ag origins, Origins of beer, Community seed banks, Seed diversity

  1. What’s the next global “superfood”? Most likely it’s the next local “superfood”. Jeremy interviews economist Trent Blare.
  2. And here’s a book that expands on that podcast.
  3. Speaking of podcasts, here’s one that dissects the Eastern Agricultural Complex, at least in the last 20 mins. The rest is informative and fun too, though. Spoiler alert: it’s the food storage. Any superfoods in there though?
  4. Always fun to read about the history of beer.
  5. Project on community genebanks launched by government genebank.
  6. Seeds of all sizes and shapes in genebanks.

Genebanks on the air

Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America has a couple of episodes out on the history of crop diversity conservation. The first is an interview with Dr Helen Anne Curry on genebanks.

And the second is a talk entitled “Varietal Timelines and Leadership Challenges Affecting the Legacy of Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov” with Dr Joel Cohen. It’s freely available until 5 April.

Nibbles: Zoos, China genebank, Trinidad genebank, Patagonia & Breadfruit Institute, Dichotomising food, African food, Twitty on rice

  1. Seed banks, but for animals.
  2. New genebank, for seeds, in China.
  3. Old genebank, for seeds, in Trinidad & Tobago.
  4. Food company collaborates with oldish genebank, of trees.
  5. Industrialist or organicist, we’re still going to need genebanks.
  6. Podcasting on African food. Not a genebank in sight.
  7. How an African food became an American food.