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Australian crops with or without genetic modification

Steve Marsh is a Western Australian farmer who sued his neighbour Michael Baxter for ‘reckless’ harvesting of GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered) canola (oilseed rape, rapeseed, Brassica napus). Some GM canola seeds ended up on Mr Marsh’s land. Mr Marsh … Continue reading

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Starving to death: the “luck” of the Irish

Originally posted on Auburn Meadow Farm:
“The Almighty, indeed, sent the potato blight, but the English created the Famine.” — Irish national activist, solicitor & political journalist, John Mitchel _________________________________________________________________________ My family came to America from Ireland in the early 1900’s…

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Rhododendron ponticum – much more than just an invasive weed

Originally posted on The Invasives Blog:
Rhododendron ponticum, native to southern Europe and south west Asia was introduced into the UK in the 18th Century. Since then, this plant has grown uncontrollably and is now a common sight throughout western…

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Crop of the month: Potato

The Moon was full last night so let’s celebrate harvest. You can see other posts in this series by following my ‘harvest’ tag. This month, instead of the start of a crop’s harvest, I’ll write about one that’s recently ended. … Continue reading

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