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|January 12, 2018|
Nutritious options or raw deals?
Some of us grew up on farms long ago when everything seemed raw. We'd play in creeks, drink from bubbling springs, and squirt milk from our Guernsey's udder straight at an unsuspecting brother's face.
But times have changed. Water quality is a major issue, and the types sold in plastic bottles range from Aqua Fina to Zephyrhills--and now "Live Water." And while milk might still come in long-recognized cartons, other products are now available, including "raw milk" purchased directly from farms.
Debates about nutrition, labeling, cost, and safety have heated up also, and if you are like many of us, it is sometimes hard to figure it all out. The links here might give you some insights regarding raw water and raw milk, but many more opinions and news releases are available. As always, we recommend that you look to science and the most credible sources possible.
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General Interest News
Urban Ag Going Global: Researchers have assessed the value of urban agriculture and quantified its benefits on a global scale.
Driverless Tractors: This system allows a farmer to set staging and unloading locations in a field, adjust speed, monitor location, and command the grain cart to sync precisely to the speed and direction of the combine.
Top Ten Ag Deals: During the past year, farm technology negotiationsincluded a few high-profile venture capital exits and some of the largest deals on record.
Gut Reaction: This edible sensor could reveal what our gut microbes are up to--science-based information about our food and medicines and their abilities to act in harmony with our resident microbes.
From Ice Cream to Ag: Dippin' Dots Company--with its flash-frozen process and 30 years of cryogenic experience--offers patented technology and equipment to other industries, such as ag and animal feed.
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