Terricolous – living on the ground, underground or in the soil; growing on soil or on the ground.
Climate report gives much needed detail – Pam TIpa:
The latest IPCC Special Report has the potential to turn the way we look at climate change on its head, says DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle.
It highlights the challenges of providing sustainable food for a growing population and says animal sourced food from sustainable systems has a role to play.
The IPCC Special Report, released this month, is a “welcome contribution” to the developing debate on climate, says Mackle. . .
Milk shake – Why the future of dairy looks scary – Teresa Cowie:
Dairy’s huge role earning export dollars for New Zealand is facing a threat some say could bring it to its knees. Lab-grown milk protein is now stepping outside niche cheese and ice cream markets and into the bulk ingredient arena. As Teresa Cowie has been finding out, a fight for this bulk commodity market could have serious consequences for our dairy industry.
At a lab in San Francisco, scientists working for New Zealand synthetic dairy start-up New Culture are trying to work out how they can produce mozzarella that looks, tastes and very importantly stretches like the real thing. Across the Pacific at home in Auckland, the company’s founder Matt Gibson says, as a vegan himself, the plant-based cheese offerings that refuse to melt properly and fail to satisfy in the taste department drew him towards exploring yeast fermented dairy protein, that cuts out the need for cows.
Plant-based diets are moving from niche to mainstream as consumers become more aware of the issues of animal welfare, climate change and pressure to feed the growing population. And this shift is predicted to be a huge disruption for New Zealand dairy, as makers of lab-produced products race to take over the ingredients market our farmers rely on. . .
Pragmatism sweeps into Mackenzie debate – David Williams:
An environmental group floats ideas for protecting the Mackenzie Basin’s landscapes. David Williams reports.
It’s both the poster child and the problem child.
Turqouise lakes and tawny tussocks draw more than a million tourists to the South Island’s Mackenzie Basin each year. But many believe irrigation-fuelled intensive farming – on former Crown-owned leases, often, within easy view of the highway – is ruining landscapes and sending mixed messages to turn tourists off.
The Government won’t buy the whole basin, so how do you balance protection with economic activity, while acknowledging those, including Māori, with important connections to the land? . .
‘Men have always taken the glory’: Why more women are becoming farmers – Harriet Agerholm:
Hannah Jackson was helping a farmer get his sheep ready for a country show, when he told her to let “the lads down the road” groom the rams because they were “far too strong” for her.
The 27-year-old did not listen. “I went into the pen where there were these big male sheep, flipped one on its bum and started filing its feet,” she says. “I’d stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any man.”
More and more women like Hannah, who now runs her own farm, are entering the male-dominated UK agriculture industry.
About 17% of farmers are female, up from 7% in 2007-8, according to last year’s Office for National Statistics’ annual population survey. . .
New Zealand’s largest meat processor, Silver Fern Farms wants to shut its pelt processing plant at Fairton, just outside Ashburton.
The company said this would affect 44 staff at the Fairton site and four others preparing pelts at Pareora further south. A final decision will come after consultation with staff and their union, which will take until the end of August.
Staff had been presented with potential redundancy, as well as work options at other Silver Fern Farms sites in the region, it said.
Silver Fern Farms closed its Fairton sheepmeat processing plant in May 2017, affecting 370 staff, following a decline in regional sheep numbers. . .
Changes in land use or farm policies which result in predominance of young livestock could be recipe for disaster in terms of the development of drench resistance.
Ben Allott from North Canterbury Vets says while sheep and beef farmers are often encouraged to use triple active drenches to circumnavigate drench resistance issues, he says this ignores the changes that need to be made to address the fundamental issues that are creating the environment for drench resistance to occur.
Stocking policies that drive a reliance on chemicals to control internal parasites create the perfect environment for breeding drench resistant worms. These include intensive lamb finishing operations, particularly under irrigation and dairy heifer grazing. . .
Researchers from Texas Tech University and the University of Buffalo have studied avocados in a way that is best described as a 23andMe test. They compared the roots of the Hass cultivar (a Mexican-Guatemalan hybrid) and a Mexican strain, to West Indian, Guatemalan, and other Mexican varieties. They discovered that the avocado genome has naturally evolved over time to increase its resistance to disease—a finding that could be significant for the future of avocado breeding.
The discovery could help growers breed more disease-resistant avocados, and eventually lead to varieties that are drought-resistant or less temperature sensitive, and can be grown in northern and drier climates. More growing options could help supply match demand and protect shoppers from a price hike like this year’s. In early July, avocado prices were 129 percent higher than they were at the same time in 2018. . .
Italy’s youth is breathing new life into the country’s rural areas. In the past two years, the number of young graduates – often from urban centres – starting up their businesses in the countryside has increased by 35%. Many are driven by a deep appreciation of Italy’s rich local produce and have a good understanding of environmentally-friendly practices. These new forms of agriculture are now playing a significant role in youth employment and Italy’s economic recovery.
A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett, Gaëlle Essoo and Florence Viala.
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We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share. – Maya Angelou
1198 King Alexander II of Scotland, was born (d. 1249).
1349 Six thousand Jews were killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague.
1391 Jews massacred in Palma de Mallorca.
1456 The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
1511 Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquered Malacca, the capital of the Sultanate of Malacca.
1556 – Sophia Brahe, Danish horticulturalist and astronomer, was born (d. 1643).
1591 Robert Herrick, English poet, was born (d. 1674).
1759 William Wilberforce, English abolitionist, was born (d. 1833).
1814 British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burned down the White House and several other buildings.
1815 The modern Constitution of the Netherlands was signed.
1821 The Treaty of Córdoba is signed Mexico, concluding the Mexican War of Independence.
1857 The Panic of 1857 began.
1870 The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.
1875 Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel.
1878 The Governor, the Marquess of Normanby, formally opened Wellington’s steam tram service, which was reportedly the first to operate in the Southern Hemisphere.
1891 Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera.
1899 Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer, was born (d. 1986).
1904 – Mary Burchell (Ida Cook), English activist and author, was born (d. 1986).
1924 Jimmy Gardner , British actor, was born (d. 2010).
1927 David Ireland, Australian author, was born.
1929 Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, was born (d. 2004).
1929 Betty Dodson, American feminist and sex educator, was born.
1931 – Resignation of the United Kingdom’s Second Labour Government. Formation of the UK National Government.
1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).
1936 A. S. Byatt, English novelist, was born.
1936 The Australian Antarctic Territory was created.
1937 In the Spanish Civil War, the Basque Army surrendered to the Italian Corpo Truppe Volontarie following the Santoña Agreement.
1938 – David Freiberg, American bassist (Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Starship), was born.
1942 : The Battle of the Eastern Solomons. Japanese aircraft carrierRyūjōwas sunk and US carrier Enterprise heavily damaged.
1945 – Molly Duncan, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band), was born.
1945 Ken Hensley, English musician (Uriah Heep), was born.
1949 The treaty creating NATO went into effect.
1950 Edith Sampson became the first black U.S. delegate to the UN.
1954 The Communist Control Act went into effect. The American Communist Party was outlawed.
1963 The 200-metre freestyle was swum in less than 2 minutes for the first time by Don Schollander (1:58).
1967 A group of hippies led by Abbie Hoffman temporarily disrupted trading at the NYSE by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing a cease in trading as the brokers scramble to grab them up.
1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1991 Ukraine declared itself independent from the Soviet Union.
1992 – Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida as a Category 5 Hurricane.
1995 Computer software developer Microsoft released their Windows 95 operating system.
1998 – First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
2001 – Air Transat Flight 236 ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean and made an emergency landing in the Azores.
2004 89 passengers died when two airliners exploded after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport. The explosions were caused by suicide bombers.
2010 – In San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 72 illegal immigrants were killed by Los Zetas.
2014 – A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Napa, California, in the northern San Francisco Bay area, It was the largest earthquake to strike northern California since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
2016 – An earthquake struck Central Italy with a magnitude of 6.2, with aftershocks felt as far as Rome and Florence.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia