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Dig In: Mega Myths, Old Bread, and More

Maybe it’s just us, but it seems like lately, there’s much more news out there than anyone can keep track of. This is especially true when it comes to food and farming — exciting developments pop up constantly. Keeping up with it all is less like waiting for grass to grow and more like trying to find a million recipes to use up all the avocados falling off your avocado tree before they go bad.

So today we’re debuting a new recurring Farm Meets Table feature: Dig In, a roundup of all our favorite stories, perspectives, and ideas in food and farming, and we’ll tell you why we’re so psyched about them.

Enough with the appetizer. Let’s dig into this delicious main course of links from around the web.

10 Mega Myths about Farming to Remember on Your Next Grocery Run — The Washington Post

Mega myths! No run-of-the-mill, average-sized myths here. And #6 will blow your mind. (Kidding. We’re not doing the clickbait thing here.) But seriously, even savvy shoppers are likely to find some surprises in here. Did you know it doesn’t actually mean anything when a food label says “natural”? Did you know almost 99 percent of U.S. farms are family-owned? This article just might shake up your grocery shopping habits for good.
These farmers’ market shoppers may or may not be wise to all 10 mega myths about farming.

Farming: There's an App for That — National Geographic

Digital farming (a.k.a. precision agriculture) and traditional farms are like that unexpected celebrity couple who turn out to be a match made in heaven. GPS, data analytics and apps are helping farmers grow more food, and this article digs into how. It gets bonus points for having lots of pictures — easy to skim!
This farmer is either using revolutionary digital agriculture tech or cleaning up in a game of Words With Friends. Tough to tell at this angle.

Here Are 6 Ways GMOs Benefit Consumers — The Farmer’s Daughter

If you feel like the other links here need more curly font, we’ve got good news for you. Oh, and this article makes a lot of great points about how GMOs are good for everyday folks. Bonus: it’s the perspective from a famer, which we totally dig. The next time you’re at a party and someone wonders aloud whether GMOs are dangerous, you can totally pass off these brilliant insights as your own.

Stop the Food Label Fear-Mongering — U.S. News & World Report

Remember in high school, when labels were bad? If you don’t know what to look for, food labels can be similarly misleading. Food labels are supposed to give you relevant information about how your food affects your health. But often, the words on food labels don’t have much significance beyond trying to get your attention.

Facial Recognition is Set to Disrupt Agriculture — Digital Journal

What we expected this article to be about: Facial recognition enabling lifetime bans on eating beef for people who tip cows. What this article is actually about: How facial recognition technology is getting applied to animals and crop patterns. Still pretty cool.

Facial recognition tech works on animals, not just people. What a time to be alive.

Recipes for Sustainability, Meal by Meal — Food Tank

Sam Kass, former White House food policy advisor and chef for the Obamas, shares advice for eating healthily and sustainably. And as a bonus, there are two recipes that look astonishingly mouthwatering after you read the lists of ingredients. (Who knew cabbage could look so tasty?)
What stock photo companies think gene editing looks like. Scientists cringe.

The public doesn’t trust GMOs. Will it trust CRISPR? — Vox

CRISPR is more accessible and affordable than any gene editing technology before it, which means many more people have the firsthand opportunity to understand it. It also has unprecedented potential to make farming more sustainable. Plus, even the name sounds tasty. (Mmm…kale chips…)

14,000-Year-Old Piece of Bread Rewrites the History of Baking and Farming — NPR

A final headline for you to chew on, and a very old piece of bread probably no one should chew on.

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