AG SALON UPDATE Week of November 15, 2021

for the Week of November 15, 2021POTENTIAL APOLOGIES OFFERED: Go Daddy, which administers these “campaigns”, was having phone problems and in the midst of conducting a forensic analysis of the coding for their email marketing application, their phones went dead repeatedly. The Earth rotated on its axis and it ended up being Saturday and I didn’t want to wait any longer.So, if you receive this twice, please accept my apologies.
CONFERENCES, WEBINARS, PODCASTS, ETC.World Biodiversity Forum: Poster contest deadline is November 28th.They are also offering new thematic sessions, “We are ex­cit­ed to an­nounce more than 50 the­mat­ic ses­sions that set the scene for in­no­v­a­tive and time­ly ques­tions, and bring to­geth­er re­searchers and prac­ti­tion­ers from a va­ri­ety of dis­ci­plines.” Click here to visit the website to explore upcoming sessions.__________Earth Negotiations Bulletin on global biodiversity from the International Institute for Sustainable Development: This is a compelling, five-minute video summarizing where discussions stand among rich and poor nations leading up to a revised Global Biodiversity Framework which will be negotiated in Geneva this coming January. Click here to watch the video. __________The business and ethics of food: Our thanks to Tom Ortwein for forwarding the link to this hour-long discussion entitled “The Future of Food”, produced by The Economist. Click here to watch it. __________Organic and Non-GMO Forum, December 1st, 2nd. $900 fee. “The 7th Annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum (ONG) brings together producers, processors, manufacturers, buyers, and more to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and constant changes in the organic and non-GMO grain and oilseed industries.” Click here to register.__________Bio-char: After Rob Nooter’s excellent presentation at an Ag Salon luncheon several weeks ago, interest has risen significantly to explore the entire range of benefits bio-char offers to impoverished populations. Among them is direct added-value to women and girls whose traditional role of gathering wood for stoves can be reduced or eliminated by substituting biomass waste, and then using it in clean burning stoves. Click here for a seven-minute video on how bio-char is improving lives in Burundi.__________Forces of Nature podcast. This is an excellent series of discussions with subject matter experts that address a broad range of issues. The link herein is for a discussion about preservation of coral reefs. It includes references to suntan lotions that are detrimental to coral, how touching coral can destroy years of growth, and coral’s role in the ecosystem.This series is produced by Crystal Dimceli, who has the singular distinction of being married to Javier Meteo-Vega, Director of Partnerships and Communication at The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. Click here for the link to both seasons. Scroll through to find topics of interest.

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