Green Revolution

Modern agricultural science, while often very good, never ceases to amaze me in terms of shortsightedness and ignorance of anything outside their extremely narrow comfort zone called conventional (or industrial) agriculture. USDA and big agribusiness, which largely controls these scientists, certainly makes matters worse. So, I was stunned when I read of some Washington State […]

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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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Virgil on September 4, 2011

The story of the Balinese water temples and their priesthood used to be (probably still is) a staple of Anthropology 101 classes. It is the story of how the Balinese culture evolved a very elaborate and complicated water management system that worked wonderfully for centuries managing irrigation of terraced rice paddies on extremely mountainous terrain. […]

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