Tag Archives: salt

Monsanto Admits: 1. We Don’t Need Genetic Engineering, 2. We Don’t Need Monsanto

Originally posted on Volatility:
> Recently Wired magazine ran a Monsanto infomercial touting its alleged change of strategic course on vegetables. Monsanto, through its subsidiaries Seminis and others, is selling a line of high-end conventional vegetables dolled up as some kind of high-tech breakthrough. Contrary…

Posted in agriculture, horticulture, human health, knowledge transfer, money and trade | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Victory for Seed Freedom

Originally posted on The Noah Project:
Dr. Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned advocate for seed freedom and opponent of GMO’s, explains why the Indian Court’s rejection of Monsanto’s climate resilient plant patent is so important to seed freedom: Monsanto tried to…

Posted in food, knowledge transfer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Selective breeding to improve rice

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) announces that a wild rice species has been crossed with cultivated rice to breed a salt-tolerant hybrid. Field trials are underway. If all goes well, this might allow farmers to grow rice on land … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, knowledge transfer, weather and climate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Genetically modified rice

Rice (Oryza sativa) is a staple food for many millions of people. No surprise, then, that rice is of interest for research into genetic modification (GM). GM rice isn’t yet grown commercially but that time may come. Adam Barclay and … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, knowledge transfer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Helping to Secure Crop Yields Globally with Land Drainage

Originally posted on The Plantwise Blog:
by Tim Sissons of William Morfoot land drainage, experts based in the East of England. © William Morfoot Along with a combination of other factors, agriculture, and therefore food production depend on the proper…

Posted in agriculture, horticulture, money and trade, weather and climate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Danish scurvy grass thrives along gritted roads

Originally posted on The Plantwise Blog:
Danish Scurvy Grass (Cochlearia danica) is now an increasingly common site along Britain’s roads as a result of salt gritting in cold weather. It is visible in this photo as tiny white flowers. ©…

Posted in ecology | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Using marine algae

Saltwater algae might be a crop for the future. My fellow blogger narhvalur draws attention to G. Narasimha Rao’s article in The Hindu, pointing out the potential benefits of algaculture. Here in Britain, cell lines and training courses are available … Continue reading

Posted in knowledge transfer, miniculture | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment