Agriculture, also called farming or husbandry, is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi, and other life forms for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinals and other products used to sustain and enhance human life. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization. The study of agriculture is known as agricultural science. The history of agriculture dates back thousands of years, and its development has been driven and defined by greatly different climates, cultures, and technologies.
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    • Biodynamic winemaker who refused to spray vines sees conviction quashed

      A biodynamic winemaker in Burgundy who refused to spray his vines with pesticide to protect against a deadly vine disease has seen his conviction overturned on appeal. Emmanuel Giboulot (pictured) described his success against the French state at a court in Dijon today (4 December) as a 'victory for citizen power'.

      Decanter- 4 readers -
    • Repeal Day! (Eighty Years of “Now What?”)

      The Noble Experiment is over! A version of this article was originally published on December 5th, 2013. My Grandma Nina remembered December 5th, 1933 like it was a loved one’s birthday. By then a young doctor, one of only a handful of women to graduate from her class at New York University Medical School, she remembered thinking, “It’s going to be harder to buy good brandy ...

      Amanda Schuster/ The Alcohol Professor- 3 readers -
    • Bordeaux court imprisons three men for assaulting Chinese wine students

      Three men have been fined and sentenced to prison for an attack on a group of Chinese wine students in Bordeaux, which left one victim requiring surgery. Chateau La Tour Blanche, where the students were attending a wine school during their visit. Bordeaux’s Tribunal Correctionnel sentenced all three men, aged between 21 and 23, to up to two years in prison, with further suspended sentences.

      Decanter- 6 readers -
  • Deconstructing the Masseto vineyard: Irrigation management

    … the implications of this situation for the Masseto vineyard. According to Orlandini et al. (Water Use in Italian Agriculture: Analysis of rainfall patterns, water storage capacity, and irrigation systems), Tuscany gets about 22 billion cubic centimeters of precipitation annually with yearly values ranging from 2000 mm in the northwest to 500 mm in Maremma…

    Wine -- Mise en abyme- 5 readers -
  • Weekly Interview: Steve McIntyre

    … tradition with new varieties in a very traditional growing area. Steven Kistler: for making some of the most beautiful Chardonnays I have ever tasted. And Ken Wright: for taking Oregon Pinot to new heights. What new winemakers are you most excited about, and why? Eric Laumann pushes the envelope with new varieties (Dornfelder) with his Cambiata line…

    Albert Pak/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog- 2 readers -
  • Georgia government backs wine industry revival

    … of Keda, in Adjara, a ministry of agriculture spokesperson told Financial details were not disclosed, but the winery is set to have a processing capacity of 12,000 tonnes of grapes per year and this could be increased further in future. More wineries could also be funded in future. The news comes several months after the European…

    Decanter- 4 readers -
  • NEWS FETCH – November 17, 2014

    …TOP NEWS 3 Bil Gallons Of Calif Frack Waste Injected into Clean Aquifers Why Does California Hate Wineries? Western Growers Frustrated By Union Port Slowdowns Banfi’s Philip di Belardino Dies at 68 Chevy Buys Carbon Credits from Working Ranch Lands Field of weeds: Could agriculture crisis crop up from herbicide resistance? Take control of your […]…

    Lewis Perdue/ Wine Industry Insight- 2 readers -
  • Champagne growers 'exasperated' with social charges

    …-Champagne and were part of co-ordinated action by agriculture workers across France. The Champenois are better known for prestige cuvees than political activism, and their willingness to protest highlights uneasy relations between France’s wine industry and the current government. ‘Winemakers are exasperated,’ said Benoit Tarlant, of his eponymous…

    Decanter- 5 readers -
  • The Hustle.

    … used to be a manager and buyer at Uva wines in Williamsburg, and she left New York at the same time I did. I left for two months to wander around Europe; she left indefinitely to make cheese in Vermont. We both looked to agriculture and the countryside to sooth a malaise brought about by long term habitation in New York. Yet I imagined Lauren would…

    Sophie's Glass- 2 readers -
  • Champagne growers brick up government building

    … in the agriculture sector. French news agency Agence France Presse estimated that 1,500 grape growers took part in protests centred on Chalons-en-Champagne, with hundreds more farmers joining them - many on tractors. Around 3,000 farmers and wine growers were expected at the protest, with 500 tractors, local agriculture union FDSEA said just…

    Decanter- 3 readers -
  • Ana Fabiano & The Wonders of Rioja

    … intriguing taste, good acidity and a long,pleasing finish. It is a wine to slowly sip and savor, though it pairs well with food too. A stunner of a wine and highly recommended. The 2012 El Coto Blamco Rioja ($12) is made from 100% Viura, a grape that is vanishing in the Rioja region. There are only about 4.5 hecatres of Viura remaining in Rioja…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 5 readers -
  • Wining with Pere Ventura...

    …, and practicing sustainable agriculture. A quick note about the traditional grapes used for Cava - Macabeo, also known as Viura, provides the "meat" of the wine; Xarél-lo, a noble grape of Spain, provides backbone and structure; Parellada brings aromatics, softening the other grapes, providing the "sweet spot", without being sweet. NV Pere Ventura…

    Goddess of Winein Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Update on saving a historic California vineyard: the news is good

    …-damaging chemicals in agriculture ever, period. In short, I feel comfortable calling this good news: for the herons and frogs, for the wine industry, and for however we represent the general interests of California history. And if you need to spend more time thinking about good news today, or if dense legislative language gives you thrills, you can find the full revised report here along with a summary of comments and the Department’s replies here. Like this: Like Loading... Related …

    The Wine-o-scope- 7 readers -
  • Dionysus and the Food Revolution

    … The Rites of Dionysus Life is suffering and then you die, according to the wisdom of Silenus, the mentor of Dionysus in Greek mythology. Nietzsche argued that art was invented as a response to this pessimistic view of human life. We dream, invent, seek rational order and symmetry so that we can escape the dark night of this terrible vision…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 1 readers -
  • Giving thanks for Olianas Italian wine!

    … by the pleasant acidity.” - Stefano Casadei, winemaker Winemaker: Stefano Casadei Appellation: Cannonau di Sardengna DOC, Italy Varietal: Cannonau Analysis: 14% alc/vol Aging: Partially aged in French oak barriques of second use for 5 months. Rest aged in stainless steel for same period. Filed under: Recipes Tagged: cannonau, casadei wine, cherry corn…

    WineStyles- 4 readers -
  • Flavor! Napa Valley 2014 DISCOUNT TICKETS

    … will be provided in partnership with Festival del Sole. Cost: $75 Terroir to Table: A Sustainable Brunch Celebrate the abundance of sustainable agriculture in Napa Valley with a feast presented by Chef Trevor Kunk (CIA ’03) of PRESS and four esteemed Napa Green-certified winemakers. Guests will meet several of Napa Valley’s artisan purveyors and growers…

    Monique Soltani/ Wine Oh TV- 2 readers -
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