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The Friday Five: Down-the-Road Edition

The Friday Five: Down-the-Road Edition

Inaccuracies on all fronts, aerial breadbasket, profit and sustainability, food imports and PETA lies: here are five links to catch you up on the week in food and agriculture.

This week's links all have a bit of long-range flavor to them. What happens when you face inaccuracies on every front? When you look at the Midwest from up high? When small farms aren't sustainable and when a country can't grow enough of its own food? And when PETA keeps on lying? Here's a look at all those topics and the what ifs.

1.  When Did Canned Food Drives Become Controversial? Confessions of a Farm Wife blogger Emily Webel found herself in yet another palm-to-forehead moment this week, asking herself at work, is this really coming up now? Here? A good read, too, if you've ever found yourself in one of those conversations where you're hesitant to engage…you're not alone!

2.  U.S. Corn Crops Shine with Fluorescent Glow: This is a fascinating look at what the breadbasket of the world really looks like when it's busy growing a crop.

3.  Don't Let Your Children Grow Up to be Farmers: This New York Times op ed has made the social media rounds this week, with a fascinating look at what it means if small-scale farmers aren't profitable. Is that the kind of sustainability we're really looking for?

4.  Britain's Food Self-sufficiency is in Long-Term Decline, Warn Farmers: From across the pond, a startling look at a country realizing it can't feed itself, and it's getting worse. From the Guardian piece: "But despite the prospect of a decent harvest this year, Britain's ability to feed itself is in long-term decline, with self-sufficiency falling from 78% to 60% in the last 30 years. The National Farmers Union calculates that this Thursday would be the day that the year's food supply would run out without imports."

5.  PETA's Undercover North Carolina Dairy Farm Video: I shared this blog from Dairy Carrie blogger Carrie Mess this week, asking my non-ag friends if they've ever watched one of those horrible animal abuse videos and perhaps vowed never to eat meat/drink milk again? Or to buy only the local, organic, natural, free-range, happy version because of all the atrocity? PETA just released another one of those, this time from a dairy. But when dairy farmer Carrie watched it, she couldn't help but notice some startling contextual clues – hey, those cows are too clean – and it made her question the video's ahem, authenticity. Worth the read, if you've ever watched and been concerned. Or been skeptical about the garbage PETA puts out.

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