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Old 11-16-2019, 07:05 PM   #1
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Kernza

Pretty rare to see something on the news lately that makes me more optimistic. Never heard of Kernza until this segment on tonight's edition of the PBS Newshour.

And Patagonia is making and marketing beer made from Kernza. The pictures below are from their web page. I would love to try it but it is only available in the western US and Canada so far.
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I remember remember seeing things about this grain a few years ago, but still haven't seen any for sale. I think it's still several years down the road before we see it. It's not some "supergrain", as far as nutrition, so they have to get the cost way down, to make it something marketable.
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I don't thin seed companies aren't going to like this.

I think it's a great idea. I have seen that picture of the guy holding those wild prairie grasses with the very long roots. Those wild grasses were much better for the soil and environment than commercial grain, but they weren't food for people unless you count the deer and other animals that ate them.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:57 AM   #4
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There is some really weird misinformation in this piece. Most grain farmers in the United States have been using the no-till method for many years, so that's not an issue, and they've been planting cover crops in the winter, so the ground is not bare. PBS is usually pretty reliable - Mark Bittman not so much.
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