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  • Norway To Spend $13 Million To Upgrade 'Doomsday' Arctic Seed Vault

    02/27/2018 6:40:03 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-27-2018
    Does Norway know something we don’t? The Scandinavian country announced Monday that it is going to spend about $12.7 million to upgrade its “doomsday” seed vault that is the world’s largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops. The Verge reported that the upgrades will focus on a new concrete tunnel and “emergency power and refrigerated units and other electrical equipment that emeits heat through the tunnel.” The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a gene bank built underground on an isolated island in a permafrost zone some 620 miles from the North Pole, was...
  • Seed Source Recommendations Needed

    01/11/2018 1:04:13 PM PST · by fwdude · 37 replies
    Fwdude
    Can any expert Freepers recommend a good online seed/garden source? Primarily, I'm looking for: - variety and unusual - includes heirloom varieties - doesn't empty the wallet - isn't a front for a leftist cause - stands behind products I the past I've used Park Seed, Shepherds, and Seeds of change. Thanks for your knkwledge. Going to get the garden going after several fallow years.
  • West Virginia University researchers create new tomatoes

    09/10/2017 6:08:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Parkersburg News and Sentinel ^ | September 10, 2017 | Staff
    MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University has named two new varieties of tomatoes created by school researchers to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. West Virginia ’17A and West Virginia ’17B were developed by Mahfuz Rahman and Mannon Gallegly, a professor who in 1963 created a new tomato for the centennial. From ore than 100 submissions, West Virginia 17A was called Mountaineer Pride and 17B was called Mountaineer Delight. “Though we initially considered the idea of releasing only one variety, it became apparent to me that both varieties were very good — each in...
  • The Doomsday Vault That's Supposed To Store Every Known Crop On The Planet Is In Danger

    05/19/2017 5:03:03 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-19-2017 | Kevin Loria
    If everything goes wrong — if because of disaster, climate change, or nuclear war, life as we know it comes to an end, with parts of the earth rendered inhospitable with widespread environmental devastation — the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a resource that could come to our rescue. Hidden about 400 feet inside a mountain on a remote island between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the vault stores valuable seeds from crops all over the world. It's supposed to be protected and stay at a safe temperature to store all those seeds. But extreme temperatures in the Arctic...
  • Monsanto agrees to Bayer buyout, which would create a global chemical and agricultural giant

    09/17/2016 8:48:55 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | September14, 2016 | Staff
    U.S. seed maker Monsanto Co. has agreed to a $57-billion buyout offer from Germany's Bayer in a deal that would create a global agricultural and chemical giant. The deal was announced Wednesday at a time when a record harvest is driving crop prices to painfully low levels for farmers. It was the third time in four months that Bayer returned with a richer offer in its pursuit of Monsanto. Including debt, the deal is valued at $66 billion. If approved, Monsanto will continue to be based in St. Louis.
  • In Iowa corn fields, Chinese national's seed theft exposes vulnerability

    04/11/2016 12:30:08 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2016 | Julia Edwards
    ARLINGTON, Iowa (Reuters) - Tim Burrack, a northern Iowa farmer in his 44th growing season, has taken to keeping a wary eye out for unfamiliar vehicles around his 300 acres of genetically modified corn seeds. Along with other farmers in this vast agricultural region, he has upped his vigilance ever since Mo Hailong and six other Chinese nationals were accused by U.S. authorities in 2013 of digging up seeds from Iowa farms and planning to send them back to China. The case, in which Mo pleaded guilty in January, has laid bare the value -- and vulnerability -- of advanced...
  • Ancient Seeds Yield Once Extinct Squash

    01/01/2016 8:36:56 AM PST · by Popman · 131 replies
    Wimp ^ | NOV 24, 2015 | Jake Brannon:
    Students from Winnipeg, Canada recently discovered a stash of 800-year-old seeds while on an archaeological dig. The mysterious seeds, once planted, grew into a rare species of squash that has been extinct for hundreds of years. While we don't know if the seeds themselves were safe to eat, the squash that they harvested was absolutely delicious. Check out the images below to see the rare gourd for yourself and learn more about this discovery.
  • Suspect and A Setback In Al-Qaeda Anthrax Case - Scientist With Ties To Group Goes Free

    10/31/2006 2:52:25 PM PST · by RDTF · 19 replies · 1,031+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 31, 2006 | Joby Warrick
    In December 2001, as the investigation into the U.S. anthrax attacks was gathering steam, coalition soldiers in Afghanistan uncovered what appeared to be an important clue: a trail of documents chronicling an attempt by al-Qaeda to create its own anthrax weapon. The documents told of a singular mission by a scientist named Abdur Rauf, an obscure, middle-aged Pakistani with alleged al-Qaeda sympathies and an advanced degree in microbiology. Using his membership in a prestigious scientific organization to gain access, Rauf traveled through Europe on a quest, officials say, to obtain both anthrax spores and the equipment needed to turn them...
  • Seed sharing and seed libraries deemed illegal in many American states (Video)

    03/26/2015 1:14:25 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    TreeHugger.com ^ | 03/26/2015 | Kimberley Mok
    via Growing Your Greens The sharing of seed is an ancient practice, ensuring the survival of the human species, the local biodiversity of life, as well as local food security. If one gets philosophical about it, one could even say that the seed embodies a traditional, holistic knowledge of life that is as unbroken as the existence of the seed itself, and that is certainly a beautiful thing to think about.But informal seed sharing -- a favourite pastime of gardeners everywhere -- may be considered illegal by some American states. According to a recent report by Mother Earth News,...
  • 2015 Seed Source Guide

    03/05/2015 5:27:31 AM PST · by orsonwb · 5 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 03/05/2015 | Rick Bickling
    Newly updated table with an alphabetical listing of many sources of Seeds, Transplants, and Bulbs for Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Grains, Grasses, Ground Covers, Vines, Fruits, Sprouting, Trees, Wildflowers, and much more..
  • Complete Spring Gardening Seed Source Guide

    03/27/2014 4:33:25 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 6 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | March 26, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    Complete Spring Seed Source Guide with alphabetical listing of many sources of Seeds, Transplants, and Bulbs for Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Grains, Grasses, Ground Covers, Vines, Fruits, Sprouting, Trees, Wildflowers, and much more. Many are Open-pollinated, Non-GMO, Organic, and Heirloom varieties...
  • 6 Chinese nationals charged in Iowa corn seed theft

    12/23/2013 3:16:52 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    The Gazette (Iowa) ^ | December 19, 2013 | B.A. Morelli
    Federal authorities have filed charges for six Chinese nationals in an alleged scheme to steal valuable corn seeds from U.S. seed manufacturing companies for the benefit of their China-based seed companies. Mo Hailong, Li Shaoming, Wang Lei, Wang Hongwei, Ye Jian and Lin Yong each have been indicted on conspiring to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed companies, according to an indictment filed on Tuesday in the U.S. Southern District Court of Iowa. Mo was detained last week, but the others remain at large, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Southern District Court.
  • Did China steal US corn? Six charged with digging up bioengineered seed

    12/19/2013 6:36:57 PM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    CSM ^ | 19 Dec 2013 | Warren Richey
    Six Chinese nationals have been charged with conspiring to steal US trade secrets in an alleged plot to obtain bioengineered corn seed from American seed companies and send it to their own company in China. The case was revealed in a one-count, 21-page indictment unsealed Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. According to documents filed in federal court, the Chinese company officials allegedly drove through rural areas of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to dig up freshly planted seeds or collect samples of grown corn to obtain specimens of the valuable engineered seed stock. The seeds represent years of work by American...
  • 75-Year-Old Soybean Planter Loses Against Monsanto In Supreme Court

    05/13/2013 11:00:31 AM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    TBI ^ | Agence France Presse
    <p>The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsanto Monday over an Indiana farmer accused of having pirated the genetically-modified crops developed by the agribusiness giant.</p> <p>The high court was unanimous in its decision, ruling that laws limiting patents do "not permit a farmer to reproduce patented seeds through planting and harvesting without the patent holder's permission."</p>
  • Is Government Regulation of Gardens Next?

    05/12/2013 5:00:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 84 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | May 11, 2013 | Dave Jolly
    How many of you have flower or vegetable gardens at your home? I know many people are growing their own herbs to use for cooking as well as indoor and outdoor vegetable gardens. Others have flowers in pots, window boxes, hanging baskets, in flower beds and outdoor gardens.My wife and I have a number of vegetables and fruit growing outside which include apples (2 varieties), beans (purple and wax), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupes, carrots, cherries, cucumbers (bush), grapes (5 varieties), onions (red), peas (green and snap), potatoes (3 varieties), sage, radishes, tomatoes (6 varieties), and watermelons (3 varieties). We also...
  • Garden Rebels: 10 Ways To Sow Revolution In Your Own Back Yard

    05/09/2013 9:11:36 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5-9-2013 | Daisy Luther
    Garden Rebels: 10 Ways To Sow Revolution In Your Own Back Yard Daisy Luther May 9th, 2013 The Organic Prepper Sometimes I think that the next Revolutionary War will take place in a vegetable garden. Instead of bullets, there will be seeds. Instead of chemical warfare, there will be rainwater, carefully collected from the gutters of the house. Instead of soldiers in body armor and helmets, there will be back yard rebels, with bare feet, cut-off jean shorts, and wide-brimmed hats. Instead of death, there will be life, sustained by a harvest of home-grown produce. Children will be witness to...
  • ‘BUREAUCRACY OUT OF CONTROL’: EU PROPOSES NOW CONTROLLING…SEEDS

    05/09/2013 5:11:54 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | may 8, 2013 | liz klimas
    The European Commission is proposing legislation that would have the government regulate what can be planted to its “tested, approved and accepted” list of seeds. Some worry the legislation, in addition to being over-regulation by the government, would lead to less biodiversity and that it could set a precedent that could someday criminalize the average gardener planting so-called banned seeds. According to the European Commission, the Plant Reproductive Material Law seeks to update existing legislation by cutting down 70 pieces of law to five and reducing “the red-tape on processes and procedures for farmers, breeders and food business operators (producers,...
  • Obama's Genetically Modified Food Bill is Bad for America's Health - “Monsanto Protection Act.”

    03/30/2013 5:52:38 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2013 | Peter Lind
    WASHINGTON, DC - President Barack Obama signed a spending bill, HR 933, into law, the "Monsanto Protection Act," that strips federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns. "The provision would strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of an illegal, potentially hazardous GE crop while the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) assesses those potential hazards," explains a letter to the House that has been signed by dozens of food businesses and retailers, as well as interest groups and...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 6 FEBRUARY 8, 2013

    02/08/2013 1:30:15 PM PST · by greeneyes · 146 replies
    Free Republic | February 8, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) Infiltration and Influence in America

    02/22/2008 4:55:38 PM PST · by K-oneTexas · 34 replies · 1,256+ views
    CI CENTRE ^ | various | CI CENTRE
    Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) Infiltration and Influence in America  "Allah is our goal; the Messenger is our model; the Koran is our constitution; jihad is our means; and martyrdom in the way of Allah is our aspiration."  "It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet." --Hasan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood What the Muslim Brotherhood means for the US: Memo lays bare group's plans to destroy U.S. from within By Ron Dreher, Dallas Morning News   "Our strategy...