first_imgIn just under two decades, the local food movement has changed the way many people think about their food. Now it’s time for the next step: a local seed system.The wall between heirloom seed varieties and mass produced modern varieties needs to be dismantled, chef Daniel Barber told the more than 300 people gathered at the University of Georgia Special Collections Library on Tuesday. Plant breeders, like those at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, need to work more closely with farmers and chefs to produce varieties that provide natural disease and pest resistance as well as phenomenal flavor.“You can take advantage of the past with respect and modernity and turn it into something very exciting for the future,” he said during his talk, titled “What Kind of Menu will Meet the Challenges of the Future? Exploring a New Recipe for Good Food from the Ground Up.”Barber, who has pioneered the farm-to-table movement in fine dining in New York City and upstate New York, has received multiple James Beard Foundation awards and built a reputation as a chef and farmer. He is also the author of “The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food” and has been featured in documentaries “Chef’s Table” and “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.”To blend the flavor of heirlooms and the hardiness of modern varieties, local chefs and farmers will have to work with plant breeders to develop vegetables and fruits adapted to each region. Scientists at land-grant universities are uniquely positioned to help make this happen.Earlier this year, inspired by his search for new flavors and more hardy heirloom vegetable varieties, Barber’s team launched Row 7 Seed Company — a cooperative of chefs and plant breeders working to provide flavor-focused vegetable varieties that retain some natural disease and pest resistance.Generally, plant varieties and seeds are developed to thrive in the most wide-ranging environmental conditions possible, often to the detriment of flavor. This is because seed companies need to sell their seeds in as many towns and states as possible to maximize profit.“This company wants to do the exact opposite,” Barber told the crowd. “The idea is to look at the development of a seed and flavor from a microscopic level. What is this particular region — the ecological conditions, the cultural conditions — dictating for a seed?”Farmers and plant breeders have traditionally worked hand in hand to develop varieties that will thrive in local conditions through the land-grant system, but Barber advocates involving chefs in the process as well. He has helped to develop more than a half dozen wheat and grain varieties based on the flavor profiles he wants to cook with.“Why shouldn’t a chef be at the table with the initial construction of a seed?” he asked. “That comes with a little bit of hubris, but I’ve found that’s its actually possible.”Barber was at UGA to speak to students and the public about his vision for the modern food and farm systems, but he also wanted to visit with plant breeders in the college. He met with CAES breeders, toured UGA’s student-run farm UGArden and visited local organic farm Woodland Gardens in Winterville, Georgia.He hopes to work with UGA plant breeders to develop new varieties that provide trademark flavors for Southeastern farmers and chefs.“We’re going to start the breeding projects moving forward on this very local, very micro level,” he told the crowd. “I’ve been more emboldened in this idea while I’ve been here in Georgia, just in the last few hours, seeing the interest, enthusiasm and passion for a new food culture and by the youth and how they’re dialed into good food, good flavor, fresh ingredients, and exploring and celebrating this very diverse environment and history that y’all have here.”For more information about the ways in which UGA CAES supports local food systems in Georgia, visit For those who weren’t able to attend Barber’s lecture, the video recording will soon be available.last_img read more

Rea raring to go

first_img Press Association Britain’s Jonathan Rea is looking forward to launching his World Superbikes title bid but believes his Pata Honda team still have much work to do before their campaign gets under way at the weekend. With Max Biaggi announcing his retirement after winning his second championship in three years, the rest of the paddock will be sensing an opportunity to make their mark. However, Rea was given a fitness scare before the season had even begun after a crash last week and while he acknowledged he is not at 100 per cent, he confirmed he did not seriously injure a pre-existing complaint. “I had a big crash at turn two in last week’s private testing, which aggravated the conditions of the AC joint that got separated two years ago at Imola,” he added. “After some X-rays I spoke with my surgeon back in the UK and he said that there’s no further damage, it’s just a bit weak.” Rea also has a new team-mate with compatriot Leon Haslam joining the team from BMW to replace Japan’s Hiroshi Aoyama. And 26-year-old Rea is welcoming the added competition Haslam will provide. “I have to say that Leon is one of the most competitive team-mates I’ve had for many years. I find the relationship with Leon to be really strong, we share a lot of data and on the weekend we can both test different settings to make the bike good,” added Rea. “We’ll see, right now we are working on different programmes on both sides of the garage, and it’s always nice to have the possibility to check his data in case we’re struggling, and vice versa.” center_img Rea, who will be looking to better his fifth-place finish from last season, is approaching his fifth full year in the championship and is still looking for his first shot at glory. The Northern Irishman is optimistic his team will be able to improve his bike before Sunday’s opener at Phillip Island track in Australia after setting the sixth-fastest time in Tuesday’s final pre-season test. “The guys are working very hard and there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” Rea told the official World Superbikes website. “I wouldn’t say we are confident right now but for sure going into the weekend we are in a much better place than we were at the start of the year.” last_img read more

Windies Women win last-ball thriller to take series lead

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC) – West Indies Women survived a massive umpiring blunder in a tense final over to pull off a dramatic one-run victory off the last ball, in the opening One-Day International against India Women under lights here late Friday.With India requiring nine runs from the final over with one wicket intact at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed snatched wickets off the first and last delivery to finish with her sixth five-wicket haul in ODIs, as the hosts took a vital 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Mohammed removed Ekta Bisht without scoring, caught at short backward point off the first delivery but tail-ender Jhulan Goswami eased the tension when she lofted the next ball to the cover boundary.Goswami was kept scoreless off the third delivery before controversy unfolded off the next ball when she swung to deep mid-wicket and hurried back for the second. Kyshona Knight’s excellent throw to Mohammed found Poonam Yadav short of her ground at the non-striker’s end, only for umpire Patrick Gustard to astonishingly rule not out.Captain Stafanie Taylor remonstrated openly with Gustard over the decision and tensions were further heightened when television replays showed Poonam had been indeed run out by some distance.With three runs needed of the last two balls, Windies Women regained their composure to restrict Goswami to one run off the penultimate delivery and with two runs needed from the last ball, Poonam holed out to Stacy-Ann King at point.Mohammed finished with five for 46 while fellow off-spinner Stafanie Taylor (2-30) and teenaged pace bowler Shabika Gajnabi (2-25) grabbed two wickets apiece.They combined to lead a West Indies comeback after opener Priya Punia top-scored with 75 to put India Women in command of the run chase at 170 for two in the 40th over.Punia faced 107 deliveries and struck six fours, posting 78 for the first wicket with Jemimah Rodrigues (41), 46 for the second wicket with Punam Raut (22) and a further 46 for the third wicket with captain Mitjhali Raj (20).Once Mohammed removed Punia in the 40th to a catch at mid-off by replacement player Gajnabi and then drew Raj from her crease and had her stumped in her next over, India Women lost their last eight wickets for 54 runs.Taylor had earlier produced a Player-of-the-Match 94 as the hosts rattled up 225 for seven off their 50 overs, after winning the toss.The right-hander blossomed after a slow start to stroke eight fours and two sixes in a 91-ball innings, before holing out at long off to a magnificent leaping one-handed catch by Harmanpreet Kaur on the ropes, to fall agonsingly short of three figures.Crucially, she put 78 for the fourth wicket with Chedean Nation who struck 43 from 51 balls with five fours, to pull the innings around after three wickets tumbled for 26 runs to leave the Windies on 77 for three in the 26th over.Natasha McLean had given West Indies a strong start, belting six fours and a six in an 82-ball 51, adding 51 for the first wicket with King (12).last_img read more

Tipperary are Munster Under 21 Football Champions

first_imgTeam captain Colin O’Riordan had been a major doubt for the game having suffered a concussion injury while playing for the Seniors in their League match against Sligo.He contributed 2 points to Tipp’s tally and said the team showed great commitment last night.Tipp now go on to meet Dublin in the All Ireland semi-final on April 18th. Their one point win over Cork in Semple Stadium denied the Rebels their five-in-a-row.Tommy Twomey’s side succeeded where they failed in the last two years by beating Cork on a scoreline of 1-15 to 3-8.Ian Fahey scored Tipp’s goal while Kevin O’Halloran contributed 6 points – 5 of them from frees.last_img

Presidential Indaba puts spotlight on youth employment

first_img28 February 2014 Young people from all around the country will get exposure to various career opportunities when the Presidential Youth Indaba kicks in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg on Friday. The four-day indaba will provide a platform for young South Africans to empower themselves. It will also have an expo component to help connect youngsters to job opportunities, career information, scholarships, bursary programmes and enterprise development support. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is expected to address 500 youngsters from the country’s nine provinces on Friday afternoon. In April 2013, government, labour, business and civil society signed a Youth Employment Accord, committing themselves to improving the education and training of young people and helping them to find jobs and start businesses. The government committed to increase the number of young people employed in the public sector, while certain industries committed to setting youth development targets. The indaba is a platform to give effect to the Youth Employment Accord as the country grapples with finding solutions to the high unemployment rate, especially among young people. The Economic Development Department will host the indaba at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, with Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel leading the indaba, supported by Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane. The indaba is expected to produce a declaration with resolutions on how, together with young people, all stakeholders can address the issue of youth unemployment. The indaba will form a Presidential Youth Working Group to meet with the President from time to time to appraise him on the progress of the implementation of the indaba declarations and youth development post the indaba. The young people attending the indaba will be expected to work together with various stakeholders to come up with solutions to the socio-economic challenges facing young people in the country, particularly as they relate to jobs and skills. The indaba will also promote social dialogue between the youth, government, business, labour and youth development agencies. Source: read more

Jharkhand waives VAT on mobiles below Rs 5000

first_imgJamshedpur, Dec 10 (PTI) In an attempt to encourage mobile banking in rural pockets of the state, the Jharkhand government has decided to waive value added tax (VAT) on mobile phones worth below Rs 5,000. “We have made VAT free on mobile phones worth below Rs 5000 to encourage rural masses opt for mobile banking and a cashless Jharkhand,” Chief Minister Raghubar Das said while addressing a state-level convention on cleanliness, organised by Jharkhand Drinking Water and Sanitation department at JRD Tata Sports complex here. Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modis decision to demonetize Rs 500/1000 currency notes on November 8 as “bold”, Das said the move was aimed to track 30 per cent black money in circulation. With 30 per cent of the black money in circulation our economic systems growth was impeded, he said while appreciating the people of the state for supporting Modi?s decision whole-heartedly. Despite harassment, people were standing in queue before banks and ATMs but nonetheless supporting Modis demonetisation decision, the chief minister said. The attitude of the 125 crore population of the country indicated that the country is changing and they have dream to see India as ?Economic Superpower of 21st Century?, Das said.Hitting out for 70-year long misrule, Das, who did not name the Congress, said it was a blot on the face of the country that “we could not provide toilets, roads, electricity etc to masses even 70 years after Independence”. “Isnt it shocking that our women had to wait for sunset to attend natures call in the open,” he asked while stating that Prime Minister had assured to invest the money seized following demonetisation for the welfare of the masses. The state government was committed to achieve all round development with an objective to see the mineral-rich state in the line of developed states of the country in next three years period, Das added. PTI BS SUS MRadvertisementlast_img read more