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|May 25, 2018|
Not really--but the concept of "blockchain" and the term "sustainable" are often tough to pin down
In ag circles, "blockchain" is the new buzz word, and "sustainable" has been an overused adjective for years. While some in the world of agriculture are experts about these issues, others get a glazed look as the terms come at them in a hypnotic barrage. The following links might help:
News and Views
Trade, Tariffs, and Ag: Trade tensions between China and the United States are still high, but some grain groups are optimistic--and this article says beef might benefit, also. On the other hand, President Trump is now downplaying expectations for a quick resolution to trade issues with China.
The Bill: The Farm Bill is still in play, and this link provides a couple of reports about what is likely to happen as the debates continue.
Biotech and Food (podcasts): According to Kevin Folta, these six podcasts offer insightful discussions on the topic of genetically engineered foods.
Robotic Weeders: Robots are taking precision weed killing to another level--and this could affect pesticide use and biotech crops.
Farms, Ranches, and Land (video): Along with a look at land prices, this article includes a report from the American Farmland Trust--an assessment of the loss of U.S. farmland and ranch land.
Science-based Research and Current News
The phrase "credible, peer-reviewed research" might elicit cosmic sighs from some, as they envision publications laden with technical terms and scientific concepts. But the process is crucial in a world that needs solid, thoughtful information. CAST publishes issue papers, commentaries, and special reports to inform the public and policymakers--and with increasing regularity, the topics are resonating in current headlines. The following links reflect a few of the connections between CAST papers and current news. For more examples, click here to read our latest blog, CAST Publications Continue to Resonate with Recent Research
Biotech and Labeling: In a recent email to suppliers, Whole Foods announced the company would pause its genetically modified food labeling requirements that had been scheduled to start on September 1. CAST Issue Paper #56 examined process labeling and its effects on the food industry.
Gene Editing, Crops, and Regulations:The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing method has the potential to greatly influence agriculture and food production. A recent CAST Issue Paper looks at the potential of this process and the ways that regulatory barriers hinder innovation.
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