Crops and Food

The bee population is dying?

Research out of France, 2002 

Purdue Research 

Time has changed this country, not to one where people go back to the farm, because they cant!

NPR: High Cost Make It Harder to Grow Young Farmers

Worst drought on record, watch CBS segment about the cotton producers in West Texas

Tough People–Tough Times

I featured avocados in a delicious cookie recipe, so here are some quick facts about them!

California Avocado Nutritional Benefits

  • Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
  • Avocados and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but a healthy diet and exercise plan may help reduce your risk of developing the life-threatening illness.
  • The American Heart Association (AHA) Dietary Guidelines recommend a diet that has at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, contains up to 30% of calories from fats (primarily unsaturated) and is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, trans fats and sodium while being rich in potassium. Avocados can help you meet the AHA dietary guidelines because they have both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat and contain potassium.

Ever wondered about wheat research? Here is a great link and some quick facts about wheat!

Key Facts about Wheat Research

  • Wheat relies on public funding for basic research and variety development, which impacts more than 55 million acres of production in the U.S.
  • According to CAST, every $1 invested in agricultural research and extension generates about $32 in return.
  • 78 percent of U.S. wheat acreage is grown with varieties developed by public research programs.
  • Wheat exports contributed $5.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2010.
  • According to the United Nations, 20 percent of calories consumed worldwide come from wheat.
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