I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 37.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 4/15/2018

“This is how we’ll feed the world.” Supporters of gene editing

Bill Gates and his foundation have been supporting a concept called gene editing. This article talks a lot about how science is trying a recent approach to gene editing called CRISPR, or “clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.” Basically, “CRISPR technology is a simple yet powerful tool for editing genomes. It allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function. Its many potential applications include correcting genetic defects, treating and preventing the spread of diseases and improving crops.” Read more long winded, science-y details here.

Though not a new concept, it’s another investment with a goal to help feed the world – in particular, third world countries. Numbers show that though we’ve been cutting back on world hunger, it’s still out there. 

“Old school trends are new again.” Not just the fashion industry

A lot of local creameries and dairy processing facilities are making a milk-in-glass-bottles come back. Whether it’s practical reasons or just because they look cool, consumers seem to be digging the trend. Even businesses in the UK have made the switch in the last few years, resulting in higher sales. Wonder if we’ll bring the milk man back, too?

“Help a homie out.” Argentina to the U.S.

Argentina is a huge producer of soybean – 3rd largest in the world, actually. However after a recent drought they needed some help. Help was making their largest purchase from the U.S. in 20 years. Why? Because mother nature. They struggled through a drought which cut back their normal harvest. Merp.

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 36.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 4/8/2018

“Run Elinor run!” 

Dairy farmers wear a lot of hats… for Elinor Purrier, track super star is one of them. Elinor and her family have been dairy farmers for a long, long time. She took her dairy roots with her to college at the University of New Hampshire and drank chocolate milk after every workout. Might have been a good idea, as she went on to win the mile in the 2018 NCAA Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships. Boom.

“I don’t even see the fence…” A cow wearing a smart collar

The concept is like ‘find my iPhone’ and an invisible fence that many people use for dogs. Farmers in countries like New Zealand are putting in boundaries on their farms that are linked to collars that animals are wearing (like cows, sheep, etc). You can see an animal’s location, and the collars will give off a minimal shock if animals go outside the boundaries set by the ‘invisible fence.’ Plan is that this allows better record keeping and an easier way to keep track of your herd.

“Matt Damon, do you copy?” The Skimm reporting on growing food in space

Scientists in Antarctica are making serious moves. They’ve been growing vegetables in a greenhouse without any earth, daylight or pesticides. Why? To see if we can grow food in space for astronauts. How cool are scientists? Pretty cool. Read the full story here.