Biodiversity

Note: I recently ran across this article I wrote in 1998. I have intentionally not revised it and offer it now (2017) as an historical document that is much more relevant today than it should be. 20 years ago, genetically engineered food was a threat and, today, it still is, and continues to be a […]

Continue reading about The Demise of Agriculture and the Collapse of Civilization

Virgil on September 30, 2013

This is going to be one of those “I told you so” posts, but at least scientists are slowly and finally waking up to farming practices that have worked for thousands of years and were destroyed (or in the process of destruction) by modern science and their government and agribusiness allies. So, some scientists are […]

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Virgil on September 21, 2013

I have discussed the philosophy of known-knowns, known-unknowns, and unknown-unknowns. With artificially genetically engineered crops, those with genetic modifications that could NEVER happen naturally, those who make the seed and promote their use tell us that they know all the known-knowns and all is well. They do not even acknowledge known-unknowns or, horrors, unknown-unknowns. Yet, […]

Continue reading about Major pest develops resistance to GMO corn in Africa

Virgil on November 20, 2012

I came across this graphic from Upworthy.com and it wonderfully illustrates what has happened to vegetable biodiversity since the beginning of “modern” agriculture. One of the primary characteristics of modern agriculture is over-reliance on a limited number of varieties of a given crop. This has led to disasters in that pest or disease attacks run […]

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Virgil on September 20, 2011

Genetically engineered-crops It is the prevailing wisdom pushed by the biotech agribusiness firms and their allies in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the only answer to world hunger is genetically engineered crops (GE), also called genetically modified organisms (GMO). Many people, especially in the US, buy into this, the propaganda is hard to avoid and […]

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