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Yukoners turn to farming to build self-sufficiency, market for local food

Yukoners are turning to farming to boost self-sufficiency and build the market for local food, a trend local agriculture experts say is being reinforced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We've seen a huge spike in people who want to garden and have backyard chickens, meat and rabbits,” said Sonny Gray, president of the Yukon Agriculture Association.

Gardening trends for 2020? Think unconventional, sustainable

Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by horticulturalists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).

Their forecast is based largely on market observations and feedback from people seeking information from Extension offices.

Golden Globes will serve plant-based meal at awards ceremony

LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globes, known as the ‚“party of the year,” is going with a meatless menu for its 77th annual awards show.

Guests will be served a 100% plant-based meal just ahead of showtime Sunday. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Thursday that it wants the initiative to raise environmental awareness about food consumption and waste.

Century-old TB vaccine may work better if given in a new way

WASHINGTON—Scientists think they've figured out how to make a century-old tuberculosis vaccine far more protective: Simply give the shot a different way.

In a study with monkeys, injecting the vaccine straight into the bloodstream dramatically improved its effectiveness over today's skin-deep shot, researchers reported Wednesday.

Forest ecologist helps refashion Barbie dolls as scientists

SALT LAKE CITY — When Nalini Nadkarni was a kid, she’d run home from school, climb into one of the eight maple trees in her parents’ backyard and spend an afternoon there with an apple and a book.

That time in the treetops set the tone for the rest of her life: She’s now a forest ecologist at the University of Utah who’s dedicated her career to studying rain forest canopies.

Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s colour of the year

NEW YORK — In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time to calming, confident Classic Blue as its colour of the year for 2020.

The colour is an anchor offering stability, constancy and connection, said Laurie Pressman, vice-president of the global purveyors of colour consulting, trendspotting and analysis.