The turnout at this year’s Earl McMunn Contemporary Issues in Agriculture Forum was a little depressing. At Wednesday’s talk about urban farming and the future of agriculture, there were fewer than 30 people in the room, including the handful of guests on stage.
Bobby Jones and Henry Peller were brilliant at the event. Peller, a fourth-year sustainable plant systems, presented his classification system for urban farms. Jones, a 2013 Ohio State graduate, told stories about problems running urban farms in Columbus. The emcee was Bobby Moser, retired dean of the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, and dinner was City BBQ, provided by Saddle and Sirloin an OSU animals… Read more
Pundits who claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin still operates within a Cold War mentality got their biggest piece of evidence Saturday when Russian armed forces moved into the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. Refusing to let go of the former Soviet country, Putin stormed his parliament, demanding approval for military intervention across the Ukraine. After quickly obtaining it, Putin started with grabbing the strategic and largely pro-Russian Crimean peninsula as a method of solidifying Russian control over the volatile country. There were hopes that tensions would relax following Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s departure to Russia, and the apparent success of pro-European Union protestors. However, that is apparently not the case,… Read more