Ukraine Grain Ship Passes Russia’s Black Sea Blockade

For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, a ship loaded with corn sailed out of Odesa, part of a deal officials hope will help ease food shortages around the world.

#black-sea, #freight-cargo, #grain, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #odessa-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #turkey, #ukraine

To Slow World Hunger, It Will Take More Than Ukrainian Grain Exports

The departure of a grain-filled vessel from Odesa was hailed as a victory against global hunger. But experts say the crisis is so big that no single advance can reverse it.

#afghanistan, #africa, #black-sea, #famine, #food-aid, #global-warming, #grain, #guatemala, #madagascar, #malnutrition, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Oleksiy Vadaturskyi, one of Ukraine’s richest businessmen, is killed in Mykolaiv.

Oleksiy Vadaturskyi, whose company built storage facilities and infrastructure necessary for exporting grain, was killed with his wife in a missile strike.

#grain, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Crops ‘Stored Everywhere’: Ukraine’s Harvest Piles Up

Farmers who have lived under the risk of Russian missile attacks have their doubts about an international agreement to ease a blockade on grain shipments through the Black Sea.

#agriculture-and-farming, #black-sea, #europe, #european-union, #grain, #ports, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #storage, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Erdogan Remains a Headache for Biden, Even After Ukraine Deal Help

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey assisted in brokering an agreement to unblock Ukrainian grain but has alarmed U.S. officials on other fronts.

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Russia Agrees to Let Ukraine Ship Grain, Easing World Food Shortage

Ukraine and Russia signed a deal to lift Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports, which has worsened a global food crisis — their most important agreement since the war began.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #food-insecurity, #grain, #guterres-antonio, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #ukraine, #united-nations, #wheat

Mission Impossible? Officials Wrangle to Free Ukraine’s Grains

Locked in talks for months with little success, negotiators are set to meet in Istanbul on Wednesday. Failure could intensify a food crisis already being felt around the world.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #food, #food-insecurity, #grain, #guterres-antonio, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ships-and-shipping, #turkey, #ukraine, #united-nations

As Russia Chokes Ukraine’s Grain Exports, Romania Tries to Fill In

With famine threatening millions, Europe is intent on finding alternatives to one of world’s biggest food exporters, whose landlocked crop is stranded by war.

#agriculture-and-farming, #europe, #european-union, #food, #grain, #ports, #romania, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #ukraine, #wheat

On Inflation and the Food Crisis, the World Can Work Together or Fall Apart

No single country can solve the problem of rising food and fuel costs.

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Russia Is Racing to Cement Its Control in Southern Ukraine

The Kremlin says it has rebuilt rail and road links to Crimea, while appointing proxy officials in an effort to create facts on the ground.

#crimea-ukraine, #food-insecurity, #grain, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shoigu-sergei-k, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russia Seeks Buyers for Plundered Ukraine Grain, U.S. Warns

American diplomats have alerted 14 countries, most in Africa, that Russian ships filled with stolen Ukrainian grain could be headed their way, posing a dilemma to countries facing dire food shortages.

#africa, #food, #grain, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ships-and-shipping, #ukraine

African Union Head Will Urge Putin to Release Ukraine’s Grain

Amid fears of a global food crisis, the president of Senegal is to meet with the president of Russia at a Black Sea resort on Friday. Aides say he will speak of the risk of famine in Africa.

#african-union, #grain, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

The Race to Free Ukraine’s Stranded Grain

An operation to bring grain out from Ukraine through Lithuania, with considerable political hurdles, is just one option being considered amid warnings of mass starvation around the world.

#baltic-sea, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #food, #grain, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #lviv-ukraine, #odessa-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Forces Battle for Ukraine City, as E.U. Ratchets Up Responses

As Russian forces advanced into Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine’s allies promised increased aid, a sharp drop in Russian oil imports and efforts to ship Ukrainian grain out of the country.

#brussels-belgium, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #grain, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

West Increases Pressure on Putin, Including Sanctions on Reputed Girlfriend

The Russian leader was challenged by the prospect of an enlarged NATO, plans to get Ukrainian grain exports past a Kremlin blockade, and sanctions on his purported mistress.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #grain, #griner-brittney, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Oh, Brother: The Not-Quite-Tell-All Books by Presidential Sisters

Valerie Biden Owens is one of a handful of presidential sisters who have taken the opportunity to dish on their brothers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #grain, #internal-sub-only-nl, #iowa, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #roosevelt-theodore, #united-states-politics-and-government

War’s Disruption to Ukraine’s Farms Seeds Global Food Crisis

The Russian invasion is pummeling Ukraine’s agriculture, threatening harvests in Europe’s breadbasket and contributing to a global food crisis.

#agriculture-and-farming, #chernihiv-ukraine, #corn, #dnipro-ukraine, #food, #grain, #kherson-ukraine, #odessa-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wheat, #zaporizhzhia-ukraine

War in Ukraine Threatens World Food Supplies

Nations are not secure unless their food supplies are.

#afghanistan, #agriculture-and-farming, #bangladesh, #belarus, #chicago-board-of-trade, #commodities, #corn, #egypt, #european-union, #famine, #fertilizer, #food, #food-insecurity, #grain, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #pakistan, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shortages, #sudan, #supply-chain, #ukraine, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wheat, #world-food-program

Ukraine War Strains North Africa Economies

Egypt imports most of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine, and is looking for alternative suppliers. And Tunisia was struggling to pay for grain imports even before the conflict.

#africa, #bread, #cairo-egypt, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #egypt, #food, #grain, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lebanon, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #morocco, #north-africa, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tunisia, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wheat

Food Prices Hit Two-Decade High, Threatening the World’s Poor

The prices have climbed to their highest level since 2011, according to a U.N. index. It could cause social unrest “on a widespread scale,” one expert said.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #bureau-of-labor-statistics, #commodities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-and-agriculture-organization-of-the-united-nations, #food-insecurity, #grain, #inflation-economics, #international-trade-and-world-market, #pork, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy

Eyesore or Monument? Preservationists Fight to Save a Grain Elevator in Buffalo

The current owner of the Great Northern has been pushing to demolish the building — possibly the last grain elevator of its type in the world.

#archer-daniels-midland-co, #architecture, #buffalo-ny, #demolition, #elevators-and-escalators, #factories-and-manufacturing, #grain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #restoration-and-renovation

This Ancient Brew Has Retro Appeal in South Korea

Makgeolli, a rice wine made by Korean farmers for centuries, has become a cosmopolitan sensation over the past decade. The buzz grew during Covid lockdowns.

#alcoholic-beverages, #busan-south-korea, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grain, #liquor, #makgeolli, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

Counter the Winter Chill With This Farro and Gruyère Gratin

Melissa Clark takes earthy grains and bakes them with caramelized mushrooms and loads of cheese for a satisfying meatless meal.

#content-type-service, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #grain

Your Heart and Diet: A Heart-Healthy Way to Eat

Aim for an overall healthful dietary pattern, the American Heart Association advises, rather than focusing on “good” or “bad” foods.

#american-heart-assn, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #food, #fruit, #grain, #heart, #labeling-and-labels-product, #meat, #oils-and-fats, #salt, #vegetables

Mark Bittman: Whole Wheat Bread Is the Key to a Better Food System

Baking whole wheat bread can reacquaint us with food that truly nourishes us, argues Mark Bittman.

#bakeries-and-baked-products, #bread, #carbohydrates, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #diet-and-nutrition, #flour, #grain, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states

How India’s Farmers Got Narendra Modi to Back Down

They received foreign and domestic financial support, kept their camps organized and looked for ways to be seen while trying to avoid violence.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bharatiya-janata-party, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #grain, #india, #new-delhi-india, #punjab-india, #sikhs-and-sikhism

India Wants to Send Wheat to Ease Afghan Hunger Crisis. Pakistan Has Yet to OK Transit.

Indian officials say Islamabad is dragging its feet on a request of transit for 50,000 tons of wheat to Afghanistan, where nine million people are on the brink of starvation.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #grain, #india, #international-relations, #khan-imran, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #world-food-program

In Senegal, a Return to Homegrown Rice

The country has remained mostly dependent on the grain’s importation since colonization in the 1800s. But some locals are trying to change that.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #dakar-senegal, #food, #grain, #rice, #senegal, #t-winter-travel, #travel-and-vacations

North Korea Is Facing a ‘Tense’ Food Shortage

Kim Jong-un said addressing food insecurity was “a top priority” in the country, where millions died in a famine during the ’90s.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #famine, #food-aid, #food-insecurity, #grain, #kim-jong-un, #politics-and-government, #shortages

Plague of Mice in Australia Overruns Farms, Shops and Bedrooms

For half a year, the rodents have been chewing their way around the country’s eastern grain belt, leaving economic and psychological scars.

#agriculture-and-farming, #australia, #grain, #mice, #rodents

India’s Farm Subsidies Lead to Waste but Support Millions

In a country plagued with malnutrition, government support has led to wasted crop surpluses. But with jobs lacking, many feel they have little choice but to work the land.

#agriculture-and-farming, #crop-controls-and-subsidies, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #grain, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #irrigation, #labor-and-jobs, #modi-narendra, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #punjab-pakistan, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rice

A Practical Guide to Swallows, the Heart of Many Cuisines

Swallows like fufu are a simple yet ingenious staple that pull the best of nourishing, everyday vegetable soups and stews into every bite.

#africa, #caribbean-area, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #grain

Baking as a Mindful Break From Zoom School

How making healthful treats helped me enjoy desserts again.

#content-type-service, #desserts, #grain, #sugar, #weight, #women-and-girls

The Fashion Photographer Who Traded Film for Flour

Six years ago, Norman Jean Roy walked away from his career behind the camera. These days, he’s baking bread.

#bakeries-and-baked-products, #breadfolks, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #grain, #hudson-ny, #norman-jean-roy, #photography

China’s Xi Jinping Declares War on Food Waste

The Communist Party’s “clean plate” campaign targets livestreaming extreme eaters, wasteful diners and others amid concerns about China’s ability to feed its 1.4 billion people.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #grain, #politics-and-government, #restaurants, #shortages, #xi-jinping

In Derecho’s Wake, More Than 250,000 in Midwest Struggle Without Power

Residents in Iowa, Illinois and surrounding states were still without electricity days after Monday’s storms brought hurricane-force winds.

#agriculture-and-farming, #derecho-storm, #grain, #illinois, #iowa, #midwestern-states-us, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #social-media, #weather

That Flour You Bought Could Be the Future of the U.S. Economy

Keep baking bread. Small grain companies may suggest a better path for American business.

#commodities, #flour, #grain, #labor-and-jobs, #local-food, #united-states-economy

This Is the Secret to the Crunchiest Fruit Crumble

Double-baking the crumb topping keeps it wonderfully crisp over its jammy fruit filling.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #desserts, #fruit, #grain

The Old World Turns to a New World Spirit: Rye

Distillers in Scotland and across Europe have started making their own versions of a whiskey long associated with North America.

#europe, #grain, #inchdairnie-distillery, #scotch-whiskey, #scotland, #whiskey

Coronavirus Meets a Drive to End Malnutrition in Africa

A way has been found to enrich the unfortified flour that Tanzanians eat as a staple. But the pandemic is getting in the way.

#africa, #british-broadcasting-corp, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dar-es-salaam-tanzania, #diet-and-nutrition, #flour, #food, #france, #geneva-switzerland, #germany, #grain, #iodine, #iron-nutrient, #magufuli-john-1959, #malnutrition, #masks, #medical-devices, #project-healthy-children, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business, #spina-bifida, #stanford-university, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #ventilators-medical, #vitamin-b12, #vitamins, #world-food-program

Coronavirus and the Global Food Supply. What’s Going On?

The coronavirus crisis demonstrates what is wrong with how the world feeds itself.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #grain, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #meat, #meat-packers-and-butchers, #shortages

Grain, a startup built expressly atop of Zoom for note-taking and video-clip making, raises $4 million

Whenever a platform breaks out, companies emerge to seize on its reach by building their services or products atop it. It happened with Facebook and Twitter and Slack. Now, it’s happening with Zoom, the video conferencing company that took the world by storm earlier this year as the coronavirus sent people around the globe indoors and into self-imposed isolation.

It’s not a brand-new trend. Plenty of companies are selling their wares through the Zoom App Marketplace, which launched in the fall of 2018 and now features 18 pages of providers. But Grain, founded in 2018 in San Francisco, is among the first to build its entire business around it, at least as a starting point.

What is that business? According to cofounder and CEO Mike Adams, the idea is to capture content in Zoom calls that can be saved and shared across platforms, including Twitter, DIscord, Notion, Slack and iMessages.

Say a student wants to take notes; he or she can record part of what a teacher is saying to save or share with classmates, without having to rewatch an entire lecture. The same is true in work setting. By using Grain, a colleague can flag the most important bits of information that was conveyed, then share just those bits via a clip that has its own unique URL.

Grain also transcribes content in clips and allows users to turn on closed captions if they choose.

The video clips can range from 30 seconds up to 10 minutes. They can also be strung together into reels to create summary highlights. (These have no time limit.) Not last, users can trim or adjust the length of the highlight after it has been recorded, as well as control who else can edit the video afterward to prevent nefarious actors from manipulating the snippets.

Adams says he and his brother, Jake — a former software engineer at Branch Metrics with whom he cofounded the company — are even using Grain to save snippets of precious moments on Zoom involving nieces and nephews, though the focus is very much on the companies and schools that will pay on a per-seat basis for the software.

Indeed, Adams says the idea for Grain was really born at the last company he cofounded: MissionU, a Zoom-based one-year alternative to a traditional college whose students weren’t asked for tuition but instead agreed to hand over up to 15 percent of their incomes for three years once they landed a job that paid $50,000 or more.

MissionU — which was founded in 2016 and raised $11.5 million from investors — sold to WeWork in 2018 in a stock deal before its students earned anything (they were released from their income-sharing agreements). Still, the experiment was long enough that Adams, who left MissionU at the time of the sale, says he saw firsthand the need for better tools to help students capture what’s important in their online content.

The question, of course, is whether Zoom also sees the opportunity. Relying so heavily on another company is always a risk. (See Facebook and Twitter and the long list of third party developers that have been burned by both companies.)

If Zoom, which is starting to make venture-like bets, were an investor in Grain, it might help inoculate it from potential competition down the road.

Still, that it isn’t didn’t dissuaded other investors who are betting that Zoom will prove friend and not foe. In fact, late last year, Grain raised $4 million over two seed rounds from a long list of notable investors, including Acrew Capital, Founder Collective, Peterson Partners, Slack Fund, Scott Belsky, Sriram Krishnan, Andreas Klinger, Scooter Braun and others.

Now its 11-person team is ready to take the wraps off what they’ve been building in beta with some of that capital.

Certainly, Grain — which plans to eventually integrate with numerous other companies — could do worse as springboards go than Zoom, one of the rare new breakout platform companies in memory and a tool that, early this week, Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison called an “essential service” that will change how work is done.

Zoom has long been powered by viral-end user adoption, enjoying growth internally and externally because of the nature of video conferencing across companies. Now, its pick-up as a consumer company is following a similar trajectory, with a high percentage of new users who are invited to Zoom calls eventually signing for the service so that they can themselves host a call.

If Grain gets lucky, some percentage of that percentage will also discover Grain.

#acrew-capital, #founder-collective, #grain, #missionu, #scooter-braun, #tc, #venture-capital, #video, #zoom

How to Substitute Flours

Can’t find all-purpose flour? Out of whole-wheat? Here’s what you can use instead.

#bread, #cakes, #cookies, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #flour, #grain, #muffins, #spelt-grain

How ‘Fast Carbs’ May Undermine Your Health

Comfort foods like chips and cookies can short-circuit our biology and accelerate the onset of diabetes and heart disease.

#carbohydrates, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #digestive-tract, #food, #grain, #heart, #obesity, #weight

What Should I Look for When Buying Whole Grains?

There are several reliable ways to identify whole-grain foods.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #diet-and-nutrition, #flour, #grain, #labeling-and-labels-product, #obesity, #sustainable-living, #weight

How Can Oats, Which Don’t Contain Gluten, Be Labeled ‘Gluten Free’?

Oats, water, even sneakers may be advertised as “gluten-free.”

#celiac-disease, #diet-and-nutrition, #gluten, #grain, #labeling-and-labels-product, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Is There a Downside to Going Gluten-Free if You’re Healthy?

A gluten-free or grain-free diet can pose risks for someone who is not highly sensitive to gluten. Such a diet is also unlikely to provide benefits.

#celiac-disease, #constipation, #diet-and-nutrition, #fiber-dietary, #gluten, #grain, #obesity, #tests-medical, #weight