- Exploiting ethanol credits. 3 mega crops below the radar. Bee math. Gentleman farmer. Polypipe, heal thyself. Death by falcon. Chile peppers vs. elephants. Coyote killers.
1. Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits? The market in ethanol credits has become a hot new game on Wall Street. (New York Times)
2. 3 Mega Crops Below the Radar: There are crops feeding millions — and many people have never even heard of them. (Mentalfloss)
3. Bee Math: The greatest pollination show on Earth is a mix of staggering stats and figures — and they reveal an astonishing tale. (Scientific American)
4. Gentleman Pig Farmer: Tough investment banker tackles hogs. (Barron’s)
5. Polypipe, Heal Thyself: Researchers have created plastic that once split apart, can merge together again. (CBS)
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6. Death by Falcon: Bird damage across the U.S. costs growers hundreds of millions in annual profit — a $50-million tab for California’s wine grape industry alone. Bring on the falcons. (LA Times)
7. Farmers Fight Elephants with Chile Peppers: One million hectares of Indian farmland damaged each year by elephants. Are chile peppers the answer? (The Guardian)
8. Coyote Killers: The top predator of livestock in the U.S., coyotes killed more than 135,000 sheep in 2005. (Modern Farmer)
9. Artwork Good Enough to Eat — Almost: Check out these stunning acrylic paintings from Tom Martin. Oranges, strawberries, rice, rhubarb, blueberries, tomatoes and peppers all look real — but they’re not. (Daily Mail)
10. 15 Days in a Well: A little corn goes a long way when you fall in a well. (BBC)
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