November 29, 2013 |
India is now the world's third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India's grain harvest is coming from wells that are starting to go dry. This sets the stage for a major disruption in food supplies for India's growing population. In recent years about 27 million wells have been drilled, chasing water tables downward in every Indian state.
July 16, 2013 |
Geek icons joined forces with Stone Brewing Co. to brew a collaboration beer to kick off Comic-Con International: San Diego , and Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is the nutty result. I sat down with "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor, science fiction author and home brewer Wil Wheaton to share a bottle of the pecan-laced imperial stout and to discuss the genesis of the project and what it was like to turn pro brewer for a day. Wheaton said he took up home brewing more than two years ago as a way to connect with his adult son, and that he was quickly hooked by brewing's melange of art and science.
July 12, 2013 |
What is the federal forestry agency doing to help Dodger slugger Yasiel Puig? Well might you ask. It turns out that the Forest Products Laboratory, operated by the U.S. Forest Service, has been working with Major League Baseball Safety and Health Advisory Committee and the Major League Players Assn. to figure out how to reduce the frequency of bats breaking into dangerous projectiles. The research began in 2008, when wood experts at the federal lab examined what caused the big league maple bats to shatter.
June 20, 2013 |
Bob Klein has had his share of food passions. The owner of Oakland's Oliveto restaurant has been consumed by finding the best meat, fish, wine, and, of course, salumi (for years Fra' Mani's Paul Bertolli was his chef). And he was into the whole nose-to-tail thing way early. But now he's found a new love - wheat. And his Community Grains whole-grain pasta is popping up on menus and in stores around Southern California, including Mozza and Whole Foods, as well as online.
April 2, 2013 |
Publix Super Markets has recalled its Publix Deli Tri Fruit and Grain Salad since it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Publix received notification of the potential contamination from their supplier, Allison's Gourmet Kitchens. Publix Deli Tri Fruit and Grain Salad, UPC # 41415-39662, was distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Product was sold in pre-packaged 12-ounce containers, and this recall involves all product sold from December 2012 through March 26, 2013.
April 1, 2013 |
Oh, Will, you bad, bad Bard. All the time I've been defending you from the elitists and snobs who refuse to credit the idea that you, a mere glover's son, could have penned some of the most lyrical passages and memorable characters in the English language…. And how do you pay me back for sticking up for you and your authorship? As it turns out, by acting like a greedy, grasping robber baron. Amid all the centuries of grousing that the world doesn't know very much about William Shakespeare the man, researchers at Aberystwyth University in Wales have unearthed perhaps a wee bit more that we would like to know.