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The Friday Five: Lost & Found Edition

The Friday Five: Lost & Found Edition

Lost phones, South African GMOs, Monsanto, water and more: here are five links to catch you up on the week in food and agriculture.

Man Loses Cellphone in Grain Pit; You'll Never Guess Where it Ends Up: Think of this story the next time you're trying to explain the global marketplace to your non-farm friends.

Growing Optimism: Two years ago, I made several new friends with ag journalists across the African continent. We didn't agree on everything (read: GMOs), but this piece from South African farmer Motlatsi Musi gives me hope that science is prevailing across South Africa.

South African farmer Motlatsi Musi writes, "During that first season, I started to see the results soon. My plants were bigger, stronger and healthier. During harvest, the yields increased by 34 percent. At that moment, I understood that biotechnology would be an essential part of Africa’s farming future. We grow more, spray less and look forward to a future full of biotechnology."

Meat and Potatoes: This is a most fascinating blog project, between two unlikely friends who discuss food and agriculture. Ohioans Lindsay Hotmire and Andy Kleinschmidt developed the idea for this project with a goal to share their conversation about food and agriculture. The authors hold different perspectives on food and agriculture, and their goal is to offer up transparency to the food conversations. They launched last February and plan to discuss a variety of topics over the course of a year. Their latest convo, Not All GMOs are Created Equal, is a great example of the topics they cover.

Inside Monsanto, America's Third-Most-Hated Company: My colleague, Josh Flint, texted me a photo of this week's Bloomberg Businessweek cover. It's hokey, but the story is very nuanced. Long but worth a read, for a glimpse at what they business community is reading about us this week.

Drought Has Drillers Running After Shrinking California Water Supply: This story is from last week but it's a sidelong look at what California orchard growers, desperate for water, are willing to do and pay these days, just to save their orchards. Expect to hear much more about water in coming years.

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