Climate change implications for grain production are usually assumed to be negative. Real data does not appear to support the thesis. A very blunt appraisal presented here…Certainly we should be devoting attention and resources to conserving water resources and arresting desertification, but CO2 abatement may not be the highest priority in doing so.

Watts Up With That?

Global warming kills spaghetti crop

Sigh, “The End of Pasta?” reads more like “The end of journalism”

Short pastaSome days, there appears such blatant stupidity in the MSM, you wonder if there isn’t some sort of award than can be handed out for it. I think Mark Hertsgaard is deserving of such an award for this moronically mendacious missive where he manages to work the two poster children for ridiculous climate alarmism into one paragraph:

Hurricane Sandy’s recent devastation of New York and neighboring states reminded Americans of what Hurricane Katrina demonstrated in 2005: global warming makes weather more extreme, and extreme weather can be extremely dangerous. But flooding coastlines aren’t our only worry. Climate change is also imperiling the very foundation of human existence: our ability to feed ourselves.

This colossal disconnect (name a hurricane that hit the wheat belt) makes me want to call him up and…

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Russian Minister: Moscow to resume agricultural imports from Georgia

This is good news. Having access to a robust market of 143 million next door, which is already familiar with Georgian products such as citrus, herbs and wine, is a positive development for Georgian farmers.

 

09.12.2012. (Hvino News) Moscow is ready to resume agricultural imports from Georgia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.

“When they tell us Georgia wants to further improve relations, we are ready to discuss resuming imports of Georgian agricultural products as well,” he said. Russia banned imports of Georgian wines and two popular brands of mineral water in 2006 citing the poor quality of the products, a move widely condemned in Georgia as politically motivated.

via Hvino News | Georgian Wine News: Russian Minister: Moscow to resume agricultural imports from Georgia.

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It is interesting that Belarus is seeking closer collaboration with Indonesia in livestock production. Indonesia since the late 1960’s has achieved great success in disease eradication, development of a world-class intensive livestock sector, as well as building strong relationships between smallholders and large processors. The Indonesian “nucleus-plasma” model works well in peasant-based systems and Georgia could likewise gain a great deal from studying these development models.