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July 26, 2017

2 Min Read
5@5: Texas congressman says climate change has benefits | Western drought destroying wheat harvest

House science chair came back from the Arctic thinking global warming is a good thing

The chairman of the House science committee argued in an op-ed published Tuesday that the atmosphere’s increasing carbon dioxide benefits the planet. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wrote that Americans should be celebrating the positive effects of climate change. Read more in Huffington Post …


Brutal drought in the West is decimating this year’s wheat crop

The Dakotas and northeastern Montana are suffering an “exceptional drought” that has pushed the vast majority of wheat farmers in those area to bale early instead of bringing the grain to harvest. As a result, flour prices likely will rise while farmers’ incomes will drop. Read more in Modern Farmer …


With big names behind it, Plenty aims to rule the vertical farming market

A roster of high-profile investors — Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — have put their money in what people put in their mouths. The three are sinking $200 million in Plenty, a San Francisco, California-based indoor farming startup, the company announced last week. With their money, they also bring potential for advancement and expansion. Read more in The Spoon …


Technology could make or break the food workforce of the future

Automation and the gig economy are just two factors negatively affecting food workers — and not for the better. From fast food to food packaging, employees are suffering because of lower pay, less stability and even safety violations. Potential solutions are difficult and complicated. Read more at Civil Eats …


Traces of controversial herbicide are found in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

How pervasive is the spread of glyphosate? Enough so that the Organic Consumers Association discovered traces of the herbicide in samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The levels were far below the Environmental Protection Agency’s limits, but a Ben & Jerry’s official says the company isn’t sure where it came from. Read more at New York Times …

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