Tagged: farming

For the birds – reflections on the PCE report - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 08, 2017

There’s an important recommendation missing from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s list of things to help endangered birds. It hardly would work for all birds, but it is ridiculous that it is banned for those birds for which it would work. Let people farm them. Roger Beattie has demonstrated that he can successfully raise weka. There would be … Read More

Why we need to go back to the future (and give it a name) - Stick

Peter Kerr Feb 01, 2017

Here’s a counter-intuitive notion, that if we’re smart, could allow our ‘analogue’ agricultural systems to thrive in a digital world. But to do so we MUST own our story. My contention is, the more society connects to the cloud, the more we will want to connect to the land. That is, as virtual and artificial becomes ubiquitous and cheaper, the … Read More

The internet of things and farming - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 07, 2016

The last thing I expected to see when I visited Microsoft Research in Seattle last month were lettuces growing under LED lights and fish swimming in a tank as part of an “aquaponics” experiment. It turns out that the small crop installations are part of growing efforts underway at the software giant looking at the future of food. While Microsoft has leafy … Read More

The silent “y” in futures - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 23, 2016

Many discussions about the future are about “what?” and “how?” What will … [insert favourite industry or issue here] … look like? How will we … [insert favourite activity] … in the future? The outcomes are usually lists or descriptions. These are fundamentally second order futures questions. They are a consequence of a need for answers in the face of … Read More

Reducing greenhouse gases from cows and sheep needs big picture - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 22, 2016

Mario Herrero, CSIRO Farming livestock – cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens – contributes around 6 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) to the atmosphere each year. While estimates vary, this could represent up to 18% of global emissions. But the livestock sector also offers great benefits. It includes 20 billion animals, supports … Read More

Counting sheep scenarios - Ariadne

Robert Hickson May 14, 2014

I’ve just come across this research project – Counting sheep – being run by Anne Galloway at Victoria University’s School of Design. It is exploring how cultural studies and design research could support public engagement on the development & use of science and technology. In a post last year I had asked if any NZ design groups … Read More

Homeopathy and farming; let’s do better, media - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 09, 2014

Today Stuff published a Fairfax NZ News article titled, Homeopathy key for dairy farming couple. Unsurprisingly this has been spread to other sites, including pro-homeopathy sites. Unlike many (most?) articles at Stuff, no means of commenting on this article are available. Let’s quickly look at key problems in this story. We might use … Read More

The shift toward corporate farming - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 11, 2012

A quick follow up to my last post. Kathryn Ryan had an interesting interview with Hamish Gow this morning. He is the Director of the Centre for Agribusiness Policy & Strategy at Massey University. Hamish suggests that greater attention needs to be paid to the marketing of food products in other countries to help gain access to new markets and … Read More

Factory farming of the vegetable kind - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Aug 22, 2012

Well, I’m back!  We survived not only the Mongol Rally, but the ensuing two weeks in Ulaanbataar (more on that in another post, though). Vegetable factory farming, China Daily August 18th 2012 , http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-08/17/content_15685417.htm. Click to enlarge. In the meantime, I bring you some Chinese science journalism, courtesy of the free newspaper* on the plane [...] … Read More

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