Terrific article by Mark Lynas in the New York Times about why GMO foods will be critical to human survival- especially in harsher locations (both climate and politics-wise).
Of interest, the article notes that the gap between science and pop-culture is wider for the anti-GMO folks (51 points) versus the anti-vaccination folks (18 points) and climate change deniers (37 points).
Van Gogh’s Starry Night has become iconic in today’s pop culture. The dominos rendering in the video below is fantastic – you can see how the sculpture was built and then watch it fall, with an effect reminiscent of what Van Gogh must have envisioned when he painted Starry Night.
Note the clock in the video, marking the extensive time devoted to the activity. Also note that a number of trial runs are built, which dramatically increases the time and effort involved.
There is a tipping point of “farm size” where the family farm can have fair chance of making money more often than losing money. This is why a lot of farmers have outside employment to make ends meet.
Note – large non-family corporate farms are not as profitable as “Moderate-sales Small Family Farms.” This suggests that farming is more than an investment in farmland. It’s a way of life that requires personal commitment to succeed.
No, not *that*kind of drone – though it does apply to agriculture.
Check out this the over-view article by Stephen Pulley about the current state of the law with respect to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS – or “drones”).
As of 2016, the law has tightened, particularly with respect to recreational use of drones. Anything over 1/2 pound (.55 pounds, or 250 grams) must be registered with the FAA for outdoor use (if you are into remote control devices, you will know that anything under 1/2 pound doesn’t fly well in the great outdoors, so doesn’t pose much of an airspace threat).
There are a lot of recreational and commercial applications to drone use, but as an Agriculture Attorney, I’m mostly interested in the use of drones in farming. I’m getting more inquiries from clients about drones, so I wanted a quick and handy resource (that includes helpful links).