July 6, 2018 “The chief occasion for vegetables…. with most Eskimos, was famine” – Vilhjalmur Stefansson In 1906, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, the son of Icelandic immigrants to America and a Harvard-trained anthropologist, chose to live with the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic. He was the first white man the Mackenzie River Inuit had ever seen. For…

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June 26, 2018 “The crash will come from the gap between appearances and reality. I have never seen such stormy weather gathering.” – Felix Somary (1927) Credit: DeLaval The previous five posts of this blog have introduced the business objectives of Sustainable Agricultural Systems. I now intend to explore the challenges and opportunities facing this…

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June 15, 2018 Our final business objective is to make bovine agriculture transparent. Food transparency and traceability is set to become increasingly important as supermarkets and consumers seek honest food produced to the highest environmental and food safety standards. Midstream agricultural businesses need to be able to demonstrate transparency and traceability. Technological developments such as…

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June 6, 2018 “Personally, I’m thinking about number 10,000. A lot of people would say I’m dreaming. Well, they’d be right. I’ve been dreaming all my life, and I’m sure as hell not going to stop now.” – Ray Kroc Credit: DeLaval When Ray Kroc wrote the above statement in his 1977 biography, Grinding It…

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May 30, 2018 “More than 95% of your organization’s problems derive from your systems, processes and methods, not from your individual workers. Improving systems takes a concerted, well-planned, usually cross-functional effort led from the top of the organization. Without conscious attention to systems, you will focus on people. Your people are doing their best, but…

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May 25, 2018 “The agriculture sector has been a disaster for 35 years. Things are so bad. The average age of an American farmer is 58, the average age in Japan is 68. And do you know that the highest suicide rate in the UK is in the agricultural sector?” – Jim Rogers Jim Rogers…

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Controlled Environment Agriculture

May 16, 2018 Controlled Environment Agriculture The first five posts of this blog will introduce SAS’s business objectives – these are; to make bovine agriculture sustainable, investable, manageable, scalable and transparent. First up – making bovine agriculture Sustainable Sustainability is a rather ambiguous concept, but it has become popular in recent years as individuals, institutions…

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