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Food dollars to Farmers

by Miriam - May 20th, 2016

Below is an interesting infographic about in whose pockets your food dollars go. Note that this might not be logically linear (food services versus wholesale foods versus retail trade might not all be applied to the same apple), but it gives a fair understanding of proportionate dollars in the food production industry. Note that farmers only get about 10.5¢ of every food dollar spent.

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Knowledge Does Not Equal Understaning

by Miriam - May 5th, 2016

The science behind the learning process to ride a bike.  Excellent video.

Your Generation And Your Religion (or Lack Thereof)

by Miriam - April 29th, 2016

The Importance of GMO Food to the Survival of the Human Race

by Miriam - April 15th, 2016

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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).

Worth the read – Check it out:

How I Got Converted to GMO Food

 

Happy Equal Pay Day

by Miriam - April 12th, 2016

Why is this still a thing? (Click on the image to go to the source URL)

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NYC Through Our Time

by Miriam - March 18th, 2016

Styled as an elevator ride up the new One World Trade Center, this one-minute video is a surprisingly vivid and accurate journey through the growth of NYC.

Latest from the IRS

by Miriam - March 5th, 2016
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From Uber Humor

Vincent Van Gogh Dominogh

by Miriam - March 4th, 2016

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.

Worth the watch:

The Marble Machine

by Miriam - March 4th, 2016

Utterly fascinating.

See the behind the scenes – this took imagination and dedication to bring to reality.

Why Does February Have 28 [29] Days?

by Miriam - February 29th, 2016

From the You Tube channel, “It’s OK to be Smart,” here’s a nice, informative, video to provide the information you never knew you needed to know.

What it takes to make money in farming – Size matters

by Miriam - February 24th, 2016

Check out The Real Reason a Million of Acres of America’s Farmland Disappeared Last Year.

Not what you’d think.

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.

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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.

If you are a farmer, you already know this.

Change the world – Make your bed

by Miriam - February 22nd, 2016

Admiral McRaven addresses the University of Texas at Austin Class of 2014:

Desktop Rube Goldberg – Burning a DVD

by Miriam - February 15th, 2016

This is cool. Watch the chain reaction that takes place on the desktop and the desktop).

How do you like your coffee?

by Miriam - February 2nd, 2016

Coffee preparations from around the world. Most of them are pretty involved and way too sweet for my taste. However, I wouldn’t say “no” to the Irish coffee.

Not a “Latte” – Pesticide use on the average farm

by Miriam - January 21st, 2016

Check out this great video which explains to non-farmers about pesticide use on farms:

[Filing this under the category, “wish I’d thought of that.”]