Wabash & Erie Canal – A Chat with a Treasure of Delphi

Conversation with a Treasure of Delphi, Dan McCain.  I had the chance to catch up with him, recently, and we discussed Delphi history and the Wabash & Erie Canal history, which has been a life-long passion for him.  He is only two generations removed from the Wabash & Erie Canal heyday, and was born and currently lives in his family home very near the restored section of the Canal.  The importance of the Canal to the economic development of Delphi and Carroll County cannot be over-emphasized.

Please enjoy this 16-minute video about this important era in Carroll County and Delphi History.

 

Food Monopolies

I usually take The Guardian with a grain of salt – some of the articles can be alarmist and dramatic – but this article is interesting and worth the look.

Farmers know that a few food conglomerates control the grocery supply; this article goes into detail about which companies own how much of each segment of the food industry in the United States.

Check out the full article for a deep dive into who controls the food you eat.

Our Unequal Earth: Revealed: the true extent of America’s food monopolies, and who pays the price

[I did not know that Keurig/Dr. Pepper was on the list – check out the Beverages Section of the report]

Indy Farmer Addresses Urban Food Deserts

Check out this Agri News article about New Age Provisions.  Located on the East side of Indy, Mario Vitalis is an “urban farmer” who is making efficient use of hydroponics to grow fresh veggies for local families and restaurants.

Urban farms are a cost-effective way to produce inexpensive, healthy, FRESH food for city folks.  This system uses shipping containers converted to hydroponics growing environments – recycling in more ways than one!

Check out the story:  Local Farm Brings Hope to Food Desert

 

Bowery Farming – Vertical Produce Farming

The video is a little simplistic, but the point is important – the best way to grow produce (lettuce, spinach, and other quick-growing “salad” crops is near the consumer.  In a city, that means converting a warehouse to a vertical farming operation.  How do you feed a city and reduce urban food deserts?  You launch vertical farming.

(Ag) Myth-Busters

Myth-busters: Farm policy misconceptions debunked (link)

Ag News article by Tom Doran about the four most prevalent myths surrounding farm subsidies.

  • Myth:  US Farm Policy gives preferential treatment and payments to corporate agriculture
  • Myth:  Farm Subsidies to go large food agribusinesses
  • Myth:  Farm policy gives preferential treatment to “the big five or six grains.”
  • Myth:  The government subsidized the sugar industry

Please read the article for more detailed explanation of each of these myths.  You’ll need a little familiarity with how the farm program works in order to fully understand the article, but worth the read.