Kirk Mason: How–To Videos

unknownIn Malawi, better education for farmers could help them to grow more crops, earn more money, and improve their quality of life.

Government Extension Officers visit villages to educate farmers, but there are too few extension workers to meet the educational needs of a large rural community.

Can replacing extension workers with how-to videos solve this problem? Kirk Mason recently obtained his undergraduate degree from the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He received student internship funding from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovations at MSU to visit Malawi and produce participatory videos along with a team of researchers from the department.

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New fish vaccine technique could save fledgling industry time, money

A Chinook salmon raised in a hatchery. Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fish and Aquatic Conservation.
A Chinook salmon raised in a hatchery. Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fish and Aquatic Conservation.

Forget about the debate over vaccinating kids. There is no debate that vaccinating fish can allow for the aquaculture industry to grow.

recent study, published in the Journal of Vaccine, shows that a new technique offers the ability to give fish two vaccines at a time. That’s important because it could save time and money for fish farmers trying to expand a multi-million dollar industry.

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Paul Thompson: Food Ethics

paulthompsonIs it okay to give food to a food pantry that you wouldn’t eat yourself? Can you have another farmer sell your strawberries at the local farmer’s market?

When we think of “ethics,” we probably think of a rulebook that people like doctors follow, and people like politicians are supposed to follow but usually don’t. What do ethics have to do with your breakfast?  Paul Thompson argues that ethics and food systems go hand in hand. It’s one thing to feed people; it’s another thing to feed them ethically.

Thompson is the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University. He is the author of over 13 books. His new book is called From Field to Fork, Food Ethics for Everyone.

Listen to an interview with him on the Food Fix podcast here.

Researchers battle disease that hinders aquaculture growth

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Although no fish with internal bleeding or bulging eyes have been reported by Great Lakes fish farms, a highly-contagious virus that causes such symptoms has bruised the profits of many in the industry.

Aquaculturists hope that new management methods can combat disease risks and reform regulations that threaten a fledgling industry.

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