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.