93 percent of the worlds seed diversity has vanished the last century

November 9, 2016 by  
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Take a look at modern agriculture , and you’ll find very little of it represents how farms looked in the early 1900s. Not only has technology changed significantly, but today’s seeds are only a fraction as diverse as those we planted many years ago. In fact, when you compare today to 1983 you’ll find that 93 percent of seed varieties from the early 20th century have disappeared. Today’s patenting and sale of genetically modified seeds isn’t helping the cause much, either. If you were a farmer living in 1903, you had a choice between planting 500 different kinds of cabbage, 400 varieties of tomatoes and peas, and at least 285 types of cucumber. A survey conducted by the Rural Advancement Foundation International found how these numbers were slashed by 93 percent in almost as many years. For example, in 1983 you could only pick from 28 kinds of cabbage, 25 types of peas, 79 kinds of tomatoes, and a pitiful 16 variations of cucumber. A phenomenon known as “seed consolidation” has carried us into the modern era, with companies like Monsanto patenting genetically modified seeds and selling them to farmers. Because saving the seeds to plant later could be considered patent infringement, a system of routinely purchasing seeds each year was created – a long leap from how farmers would prepare their crops from year to year just a century ago. The Organic Consumers Association estimates that, as of late 2013, Monsanto owns patents for 1,676 different seeds and plants. And they, along with other large corporations, can be found at the top of the hierarchy for many companies selling seeds. The Worldwatch Institute says, “With the profitability of seed increasing over the last 15 years, largely because of patents and contracts, the money and incentive for public institutions to develop new varieties are declining. Farmers also are saving less seed.” A new documentary on this state of affairs, Seed: The Untold Story , is showing in theaters now. Via Health Impact News Images via Pixabay , Flickr

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Bio-artist Joe Davis to Build a Genetically Modified ‘Tree of Knowledge’ With Wikipedia Pages

May 16, 2014 by  
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Bio-artist Joe Davis plans to place 50,000 of the most popular Wikipedia pages into the DNA of apple trees to create a genetically modified Tree of Knowledge. Called Malus ecclesia , the project is part of Davis’ art residency at the genetics lab run by George Church at Harvard Medical School. Read the rest of Bio-artist Joe Davis to Build a Genetically Modified ‘Tree of Knowledge’ With Wikipedia Pages Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apples , Art , bio-artist , DNA , Forbidden fruit , genetic modification , genetically modified food , genetics , harvard medical school , Joe Davis , Malus ecclesia , Tree of Knowledge , wikipedia

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Italian Scientists are Developing Genetically Modified Hypoallergenic Apples

March 22, 2013 by  
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A team of allergists, molecular biologists and plant physiologists in Italy are collaborating to develop a hypo-allergenic apple that could represent the next frontier in genetically-modified foods. Apples aren’t typically known as a potent allergen — at worst, they may cause your tongue and lips to become itchy and blister. But the team of scientists is using the apple as a test case, and they’re trying to decode the genetic markers that cause some people to experience an allergic reaction to apples. The technique is likely to be controversial because it involves genetic modification , and there’s concern that modifying the genetic makeup of an apple could produce other unexpected allergens. Read the rest of Italian Scientists are Developing Genetically Modified Hypoallergenic Apples Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple allergy , food allergies , genetic modification , genetically modified foods , gmo apples , GMO foods , hypo-allergenic apple , hypo-allergenic foods , hypoallergenic apple , hypoallergenic foods , non gmo

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March 22, 2013 by  
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A team of allergists, molecular biologists and plant physiologists in Italy are collaborating to develop a hypo-allergenic apple that could represent the next frontier in genetically-modified foods. Apples aren’t typically known as a potent allergen — at worst, they may cause your tongue and lips to become itchy and blister. But the team of scientists is using the apple as a test case, and they’re trying to decode the genetic markers that cause some people to experience an allergic reaction to apples. The technique is likely to be controversial because it involves genetic modification , and there’s concern that modifying the genetic makeup of an apple could produce other unexpected allergens. Read the rest of Italian Scientists are Developing Genetically Modified Hypoallergenic Apples Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple allergy , food allergies , genetic modification , genetically modified foods , gmo apples , GMO foods , hypo-allergenic apple , hypo-allergenic foods , hypoallergenic apple , hypoallergenic foods , non gmo

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Italian Scientists are Developing Genetically Modified Hypoallergenic Apples

March 22, 2013 by  
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A team of allergists, molecular biologists and plant physiologists in Italy are collaborating to develop a hypo-allergenic apple that could represent the next frontier in genetically-modified foods. Apples aren’t typically known as a potent allergen — at worst, they may cause your tongue and lips to become itchy and blister. But the team of scientists is using the apple as a test case, and they’re trying to decode the genetic markers that cause some people to experience an allergic reaction to apples. The technique is likely to be controversial because it involves genetic modification , and there’s concern that modifying the genetic makeup of an apple could produce other unexpected allergens. Read the rest of Italian Scientists are Developing Genetically Modified Hypoallergenic Apples Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple allergy , food allergies , genetic modification , genetically modified foods , gmo apples , GMO foods , hypo-allergenic apple , hypo-allergenic foods , hypoallergenic apple , hypoallergenic foods , non gmo

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USAID’s ‘New Vision of Agriculture’ Unsurprisingly Like the Old Vision of Industrial Monoculture

February 4, 2011 by  
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This should come to no surprise to anyone even casually familiar with how cosy ever recent US administration has been with Big Ag (and Monsanto in particular): GM Watch reports that at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland the director of USAID stood beside CEOs from Monsanto and other ag giants to push a “New Vision of Agriculture”–which really ought to be called at … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Reusable Bag Overload? Donate to Those Who Can’t Afford Them

February 4, 2011 by  
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Hawaii Breeding Sea Urchins to Gobble Up Invasive Seaweed

February 4, 2011 by  
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Scientific American has a report on Hawaii’s use of sea urchins as a way to combat invasive seaweed in their coral reefs. By breeding sea urchins to boost numbers, they can act like goats on hillsides, keeping the weeds mowed

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