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December 21, 2009 / or4green

Some Agriculture and Food Science Items

There is now a Robert Mondavi Institute at UC-Davis. From a piece in the Santa Barbara Independent from last June:

UC-Davis’ to-be-built Robert Mondavi Institute, a 31,000-square-foot headquarters for the school’s winemaking, brewing, and food science studies. With state-of-the-art in sustainability that includes LEED certification, green cleaning chemistry, stormwater catchment, and the goal of zero net water, the institute intends to dramatically reduce use of water in wine and beer making.

An interesting-sounding EJOR paper:
Sustainable Vegetable Crop Supply Problem
by dos Santos et al. in EJOR, available online 3 December 2009.
The goal is to come up with a crop rotation schedule to meet certain crop demands subject to ecological constraints.

Neat piece (by my brother) about Major League baseball pitcher (Pirates) and Princeton OR-FE grad Ross Ohlendorf interning at the US Department of Agriculture during the off season (excerpted in Feb 2010 ORMS today).

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