Why are there regulations on manure use for food safety?

Regulation on manure and food safety is helping growers and consumers alike. Manure, quite plainly, is animal refuse. It’s not the same as human refuse, because cows, horses, sheep, etc. eat a plant-based diet. This means their wastes are made mostly of digested grains and forage grasses. And that manure contains a lot of nutrients … Continue reading Why are there regulations on manure use for food safety?

The Irish Potato Famine – could it happen again?

Ireland wasn’t always dependent on potatoes, but in the decades leading up to the famine, more farmers started growing potatoes. As a crop, potatoes are inexpensive and high-yielding. As a food, they are packed with calories and nutrients. The Irish potato famine occurred in the mid-1800s, the result of a fungal disease. Let’s look at … Continue reading The Irish Potato Famine – could it happen again?