The Soviet Collapse
"The document which effectively concluded the history of the Soviet Union was a letter from the Vneshekonombank in November 1991 to the Soviet leadership, informing them that the Soviet state had not a cent in its coffers."
posted by bitmage
on Nov 19, 2010 -
, a native Ethiopian grain, has been cultivated there for at least 4,000 years. Its seeds
are smaller than pinheads, and can be easily scattered. Many Ethiopians eat it two to three times a day in injera bread
or, of course, alcohol
(pages 3-4). The grain is gluten-free and is full of essential amino acids, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals. It has a short growing season
and tolerance for marginal soils and drought or flood conditions, but its low comparative yield
optimal sunlight conditions, and labor intensive
harvest may limit the spread of the grain.
posted by Pants!
on Jan 6, 2008 -
You are fat because there is too much corn. [NYT, forfeit of first-born son required]
I love good old-fashioned materialism, and Michael Pollan (author of The Botany of Desire
) scores one for the team with this article on the economics of corn production. Are we fat because New Deal agricultural policy was overturned in the 70s by Rusty Butz? Now there's a trailing question we can all enjoy.
posted by condour75
on Oct 11, 2003 -