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Dig In: Five Easy Steps, Our Queen, and More

Did you catch the debut of our new recurring feature, “Dig In,” a few weeks ago? What are we talking about, of course you did! (But just in case, here’s Dig In #1, on topics including mega myths and really old bread.) This is our fortnightly (that’s a word, right?) delivery of all the coolest new links about food, farming, and agricultural science from around the web. This time, we’re talking about “Uber for trash” (Is it what it sounds like? You’ll have to read on to find out!), life on a dairy farm (moo money, moo problems), and the Queen of the Agriculture Shows (long may she reign!).

GMOs are Better for the Environment Than You’d Think — Salon

This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed how GMO crops can be good for the environment. But this article is a great rundown of the perks: better biodiversity, more precise targeting of pests, higher productivity and more. Have your GMO corn and eat it, too!
Anyone else craving corn on the cob now?

'Uber for Trash' Uses Rideshare Technology to Collect Waste — CNBC

No, “Uber for trash” isn’t a way to send your old pizza boxes on a road trip. While we’re sure somebody out there would find that useful, this is way cooler. A new startup is using ride-sharing tech to connect businesses with independent trash haulers. The garbage goes to a cleaning facility to get reused or to farms to get turned into healthy soil that can grow more pizza ingredients. Pizza: a dream we can all believe in.

The Future of Food — The Washington Post

Reporter Caitlin Dewey takes you inside a lab where gene editing is happening, then quite literally breaks the subject down by explaining how gene editing works on a molecular level. She also provides invaluable context around the risks and benefits of gene editing technology like CRISPR. No joke (except for the several other jokes in this blog post) — it’s insightful, thorough journalism.
Yeah, about that glass ceiling…it’s broken.

The Changing Face of Agriculture: More Diverse Roles for Women — Agweek

As a wise woman once asked and answered, “Who run the world? Girls.” As agriculture evolves, so do the industry’s career opportunities for women. More and more women are working away from their family farms and taking on roles that used to be held exclusively by men. That means more diverse and talented minds are taking on some of farming’s biggest challenges, which is great news for everyone.

A Five-Step Plan to Feed the World — National Geographic

Five steps are so few steps! Most online crafting tutorials have like, at least 15 steps. A key part of keeping this problem-solving process simple: We don’t need to pit giant factory farms against tiny organic farms. (That’s not really how the agriculture industry works anyway, thank goodness.) When the two sides of the conventional vs. organic debate are able to engage and learn from one another, the whole industry can achieve a lot more.

Why Technology Will Disrupt and Transform Our Agriculture — Daily Nation

“If no adaptation [to climate change] occurs, production of maize — Africa’s main staple crop — could decline by up to 40 percent by 2050,” the author writes. Fortunately, the author also highlights several new technologies already at work in Kenya that are helping farmers boost production while protecting the environment.

The First Years: Meet This Sustainability Focused Dairy Farmer — Daily Herd Management

First-generation dairy farmer Austin Allred keeps his farm’s focus on sustainability, with the help of some cutting-edge technology. You have to moove fast to keep up with the times! (Sorry, not sorry.)

Watch: 89-Year-Old 'Queen of the Agriculture Shows' Still Reigns Supreme with Thousands of Trophies — BreakingNews.ie

You have to click through and see the photo of Nancy Murray with all her trophies. She’s putting Mark Spitz to shame. God save the Queen.

Bad cow puns incoming.