Seed searchers seek super sunflowers for key to climate change resilience

October 8, 2015 by  
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Implementing solutions to climate change will require big ideas and an even bigger mobilization of resources, but high technology doesn’t always have the answers. Plant physiologist Laura Marek and research botanical Gerald Seiler are seed searchers who have spent the past 11 years searching for sunflowers that, in their ability to quickly adapt to environmental changes, may hold the key to boosting resilience against climate change. Read the rest of Seed searchers seek super sunflowers for key to climate change resilience

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Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

April 27, 2015 by  
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A slow raid is raging across the United States, and its targets are not what you’d expect. They’re often tucked into local libraries, stocked in vintage card catalogs, and wear handwritten labels scrawled with names like green zebra tomato, brown speckled tepary, and purple tomatillo. They are locally-adapted seed varieties shared between backyard gardeners and organic farmers in communities from Boston, Massachusetts, to Oakland, California. According to recent rulings in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Illinois, the seed libraries that facilitate the free exchange of these rare legumes, vegetables, and fruits are “ illegal seed distribution centers ” under state law. In some communities, the libraries have been uprooted before even getting in the ground. Read the rest of Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clif bar , community agriculture , community food , community seed libraries , department of agriculture , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations , Monsanto , Neil Thapar , seed banks , seed exchanges , Seed Matters , seed sharing , seed swaps , seed-saving , Sustainable Economies Law Center , US seed industry

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects unveil designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library

April 27, 2015 by  
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