The Business of Circular Business Models
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by Robin Bacon
1d ago
“It’s about resource efficiency, not just capital efficiency.”— Marc Wandler A business model is a blueprint to help companies define how to run their business best. Companies refine their products and manage to the original model as they grow. Sometimes, they miss disruptive innovation opportunities because they focus on everyday experiences. Innovative companies are more fortunate to be nimble and have the latitude to explore all market distribution channels.  Defining Circular Business Models                           &n ..read more
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Yogourt, Yoghurt, Yogurt... Producing Fermented Milk
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by Robin Bacon
3d ago
“Everything you draw is influenced. It’s like yogurt. You need a little bit to start the next batch.” ~ Sarnath Banerjee Making high-protein food that tastes good and promotes gut health takes experience working with scale, knowledge of process, and food science in the dairy industry.  When manufacturing yogurt, companies begin with raw milk containing 4-5% milk fat. Depending on the scale, the farmer sells off their raw milk to the contracted producer, and they, in turn, pump the milk into the onsite silo storage tank. Eliminating air, sizing pumps and impellers for optimal agitation, a ..read more
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Drones In Agriculture: Considerations When Buying Technology & Training Human Capital
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by Robin Bacon
1w ago
A Revolution in Farming is Only a Drone Call Away - The face of agriculture is changing, not with the turn of a tractor’s wheel or the swing of a scythe, but with the buzz of drone propellers slicing through the air. ~ Thomas Frey Farmers aren’t averse to technology or using systems to gain farm efficiencies; they are evaluators and investors in systems that help “bettering the farm”. Whether discussing family-run CSAs or mono-culture, whether one crop is grown and harvested or many, each business requires technology to avert labor costs while producing good quality products. Farmers are busi ..read more
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From Cowpies to Kilowatts - Farmers Producing Renewable Energy
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by Robin Bacon
2w ago
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Oyster Farming Methods & Equipment Manufacturers
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by Robin Bacon
2w ago
“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”  - Jonathan Swift Oysters were once a street food, served alongside a good bottle of beer or a shot of vodka, adding depth to the raw, fleshy, and briny delight. Today, over 90% of these beautiful creatures are farmed just offshore in bags and racks, filtering tidal waters, and farmers are using specific techniques to enhance cup size, meatiness, texture, and salt flavors.  Depending on where you get your oysters from, the ,oyster flavor wheel begins with the Nose Upfront, Body, and Finish. Yes, a flavor wheel, much like wine tastin ..read more
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West Loop’s Greg Wade Is Moving The Needle Using Heritage & Organics At Publican Quality Bread
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by Robin Bacon
2w ago
"Baking is an art, but it's also a science. Baking is an art because it requires creativity and precision. It's also a science because it involves many chemical, biolog ical, and physical processes.”  ~ Ron Ben-Israel I read somewhere that using our hands to create a sourdough starter - fosters a microbial match, which has always proven to be the beginning of something good. One of my favorite cities to visit when traveling for work is Chicago. I spent most of my time in office buildings, seeing clients and later playing foodie in West Loop after the grind. There is something symbolic ab ..read more
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Spencer Baird & The Foundation of U.S. Fish Hatcheries
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by Robin Bacon
3w ago
“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh Driving up to the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery near Great Barrington, Massachusetts, I set out to learn more about lake trout restoration, also studying brook trout and its importance to New England’s rivers and streams. What is the significance of these fish hatcheries across the U.S.? How many eggs are transferred to broodstock to make a positive impact?  Every day, we see posts on our favorite social media channel ..read more
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Coming Soon! A Sit Down With Greg Wade From Publican Quality Bread In Chicago!
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by Robin Bacon
3w ago
https://video.wixstatic.com/video/db3fd9_0f1bbd75823e400f9954f453b69ebeb8/1080p/mp4/file.mp4 ..read more
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault Is Very Much Open For Business
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by Robin Bacon
3w ago
“Sometimes, kept awake by my work, I would tell myself stories of Svalbard.” - Jacob Brogan Sometimes, I sit in my world, step back, and look at the universe as a whole; instead of compartmentalizing, I ask why. Even during a time of war, when people are at odds in places like Ukraine or Israel - people are counterbalancing those efforts by taking steps to save our agricultural history, otherwise known as the seed savers. I can’t help but think about the collaborative work going into saving the seeds of our food system. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault safeguards over 1.2 million seeds from ove ..read more
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5 Heirloom Seed Companies To Know
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by Robin Bacon
1M ago
"The tiny seed knew that in order to grow it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, and struggle to reach the light."  - Sandra Kring Growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs around our personal ecosystem defines who we are or atleast what we like, and maybe even our tastes.  Planting flowers with hints of yellows, magenta, and peach creates a brilliant mix of color in our lives. Heirloom Dahlias are unique, and if we plant Tubers, they can be dug up and stored in the greenhouse until planting season the following year, and they come in seed form, too. The role of seeds in ..read more
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