Emergent Futures Tumblelog

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Science will save us.

Farmers are limited by the seasons, but by understanding the circadian rhythm of plants, which controls basic functions such as photosynthesis and flowering, we might be able to engineer plants that can grow in different seasons and places than is currently possible,” said Xing Wang Deng, the Daniel C. Eaton Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale and senior author of the paper.

(Source: sciencenote)

Posted at 10:30am and tagged with: science, cognitive dissonance, humanity, populations growth, gmo, crops, agriculture, engineering, food,.

Paul Higgins: I am travelling in Cambodia and Vietnam at the moment and will not eat the prawns or shrimp for two reasons - the farming methods and the fact that they are filter feeders and therefore collect al sorts of stuff in their system


I don’t eat shrimp. Ever. Here’s why:

2 student teams, 2 innovative video reports on shrimp farming — Pace U. on best practices and a prospect for shrimp farmed with the planet in mind and Univ. of British Columbia on pollution, land and water problems in Thai shrimp industry.

(Source: revkin)

Posted at 8:42am and tagged with: revkin, farming, agriculture, aquaculture, environment, thailand, shrimp, food, pollution, crops, antibiotics, land use, economic development, EU, GMO, asia,.

…Crop modification methods are not dangerous. The European Union has spent more than $425 million studying the safety of genetically modified crops over the past 25 years. Its recent, lengthy report on the matter can be summarized in one sentence: Crop modification by molecular methods is no more dangerous than crop modification by other methods. Serious scientific bodies that have analyzed the issue, including the National Academy of Sciences and the British Royal Society, have come to the same conclusion.

It is time to relieve the regulatory burden slowing down the development of genetically modified crops.