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Less Field, More Yield

An innovative project in Great Britain has developed a way to dramatically increase crop yields without requiring more fields. The solution: Vertically stacking the plants in hydroponic trays that can be placed anywhere — in warehouses, on rooftops, in many urban places now barren of greenery. H/T Journeyman Pictures

It’s Monday! Go Meatless!

Fox and Friends reports on a US Department of Agriculture newsletter that encourages employees to go meatless every Monday on the grounds that raising cattle, chickens, sheep and other animals can cause global warming. You’d think that the USDA would be duty-bound to promote US livestock, but apparently, pop stars like Paul McCartney and Moby have been pushing the “Meatless Monday” meme for a few years, so it’s now gaining traction among the subalterns within the rank and file of the federal bureaucracy.

We say: It’s high time to plant a counter-meme. If the planet’s heating up, come Tuesday, go topless. H/T small dead animals

Locavores or Locos

A “locavore” is a fancy word for describing someone only interested in eating locally produced food. Many proponents of farmers’ markets are locavores, but the movement also has spawned some radical adherents, a ripe topic for satire in the Dec. 31, 2011 Bizarro comic strip featuring a man about to eat a hand sandwich. “If you take the local food movement to its logical extreme…people who live beyond their local food chain are essentially parasites,” says Pierre Desrochers, co-author of The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet. Here, Desrochers shares his observations on the movement with Reason.TV’s Nick Gillespie.

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