Agent Green, Author at Garden Culture Magazine

The State of Indoor Farming

Tempted to start planning an indoor farming startup? Maybe you’re already working on such a project, or have recently launched the first phase of your operation. There are a few things you might want to know about the current climate in the indoor agriculture industry. These tips and insights from the world of ag finance, if not useful in your foreseeable future, are downright interesting. Thinking of getting into indoor farming with a small facility and growing it into a mega farm? That’s a really difficult mountain to climb, according to AgFunder News. Unless you’re already a billionaire, you...

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E. coli, Romaine, Food Safety, and Hydroponic Produce

If it isn’t one contaminant causing food safety issues today, it’s another. In fact, if you check the right news feeds every week, you’ll see that food recalls are a regular thing. Sometimes for suspected contamination, other times for known contamination. Processed foods, frozen foods, and fresh produce can all be a source of allergens or pathogens that can affect someone’s health. What’s worse, officials can’t always pinpoint the source of a pathogen. Or they won’t state its origin. The biggest problem affecting food safety today is a global supply chain. Too many miles traveled, touched by too many...

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Front Burner Food Policy News

Have you ever considered that food policy is the modern diet’s foundation? The government doesn’t subsidize fruits and vegetables much. They reserve handouts for farms that grow crops for livestock feed, biofuels, and industrial use, and those that raise livestock for meat and dairy livestock. So, only 2% of farmland in the United States produces the important food groups… fruits and vegetables. But Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer is on a mission to change this out of kilter food policy. His vision of the next omnibus bill is radical; improving nutrition and farming opportunities. Blumenauer’s Farm Bill 2018 shows a...

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A Flurry of Government Cannabis Research Activity

There’s a lot going on with medical cannabis research and the US government of late. It seems a house divided with marijuana still being a Schedule 1 prohibited substance and these new focuses of interest unfolding. National Institute on Drug Abuse A month ago the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an agency within the US Health and Human Services, granted the University of Florida $3.2 million dollars for cannabis research. The 5-year study focuses on delivering evidence of how medical marijuana helps victims of HIV. So, the clinical research will follow 400 current medicinal users with HIV. The cannabis...

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FDA Issues CBD Cancer Claims Warning

It’s not okay to say or imply CBD products help cancer victims. The FDA recently delivered written warnings of product seizure and injunctions to several online cannabidiol (CBD) supplements retailers. Ordering any website, shopping cart, or social media claims that these preparations reverse, kill, cure, or fight cancer cells or tumors and help other serious diseases be removed. The agency made its actions public with a November 1st press release. Failure to comply could cost these companies everything. No doubt, there are those within the medical cannabis industry who see this as unwarranted. But the FDA hasn’t reviewed CBD...

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