What we're reading this week 11/9/2015

This Is How Much Water You Waste When You Throw Away Food



Tossing an apple is like pouring 25 gallons of water down the drain, and the average American does that 17 times a year.  Water plays a major role in food production, and as a result, food wastetranslates to an enormous amount of water wastage. Read more >>



‘The Soil Will Save Us’: A Manifesto for Restoring Our Relationship with the Land

Civil Eats


What if we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and grow enough food to feed our ballooning population using resources we already have? Kristin Ohlson, author of The Soil Will Save Us, thinks we can do just that. And like a growing number of scientists, farmers, and good food advocates, she believes that in order to fix the problems in the sky, we need to put our eyes and ears to the ground. Read more >>


Urban Farming Hits the Big Leagues



Many stadiums throughout the United States have already begun the process of creating a more sustainable food system by planting urban gardens and shifting food procurement policies to provide fans with fresh, sustainable food. Read more >>


Rabbit Fever on the Rise in the U.S.



On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report that finds rates of rabbit fever—a rare disease often transmitted by these animals in the wild—are on the rise. Read more >>


Inside the World of Christmas Tree Farming

Modern Farmer


The competition for the United States’ $1 billion Christmas tree industry is fierce. Each year farmers who sell directly to customers must go head to head with tree lots and big box stores like Home Depot — the largest seller of Christmas trees — who offer low discounts and convenient locations.  Buying from a big box store may be the quickest fix for people who just want to grab a tree and be done with it. But it’s the people who want a little extra holiday spirit who keep small farms around the United States hauling in Santas, cocoas and sleighs year after year. Read more >>


Agriculture Linked to DNA Changes in Ancient Europe

The New York Times


The agricultural revolution was one of the most profound events in human history, leading to the rise of modern civilization. Now, in the first study of its kind, an international team of scientists has found that after agriculture arrived in Europe 8,500 years ago, people’s DNA underwent widespread changes, altering their height, digestion, immune system and skin color. Read more >>