Category Archives: Agriculture

European Lessons On Food Waste

European Lessons On Food Waste

Americans toss out an almost unbelievable $161 billion worth of food every year.  There are numerous efforts underway to address this problem, but they are mostly at the local level or in the business sector.   To date, we have no national- or international-level policies that tackle the issue.  In this regard, Europe is way ahead of us.

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Spider Silk

Spider Silk

Spider silk – the protein fiber spun by spiders to make webs, nests, cocoons, and wrapping for prey that they stash away – is a remarkable substance.  Its mechanical properties combine high tensile strength and high extensibility or ductility.  This allows spider silk to absorb a lot of energy before breaking.   It is stronger than… Continue Reading

Plant Protein On The Rise

Plant Protein On The Rise

The United Nations declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses.  Pulses, which are also known as grain legumes, are a group of 12 crops that includes dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas and lentils.  They are high in protein as well as fiber and various vitamins.  Pulse crops are highly sustainable and require much… Continue Reading

Northeast Temperatures

Northeast Temperatures

A year ago, nearly 200 countries signed an agreement, known as the Paris Accord, to fight climate change by mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.  They each promised to reduce their carbon output as soon as possible, and to do their best to keep global warming well below 2-degrees Celsius (or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).  Continue Reading