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Friday Green Links – 4/15

I spent waaay too much time this week looking through all the maps and charts in the Urban Land Institute report. Click all the way through to it to check them out yourself.

Do these things keep getting longer and longer? Anyway, that’s all for this week. Remember to send along those interesting tidbits you find.


Comment from Erin aka Conscious Shopper
Time April 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I don’t know if you’re including this in the diversity argument against GMOs, but another problem with them is that the companies that create them hold the patent and therefore own the seeds. So farmers can’t save seeds, making them completely dependent on one company, which isn’t a financially good position to be in. Also, if an organic farmer was farming downwind of a GMO farmer and the GMO seeds blew over into the organic farmer’s land, he could lose his organic certification even though it was all nature’s fault.

As for that author’s argument that GMO crops yeild more and are therefore better than organics, conventional ag always makes that same argument that their method is the only one that can feed an ever growing world population, but so far conventional ag hasn’t fed the world, it’s only made Americans fat.

I haven’t been convinced that GMOs are all bad, but the way we’re doing them now is definitely screwed up. I’m more excited about other innovative farming techniques like aquaponics, roof gardens, and vertical gardens.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time April 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I see a lot of this being a problem with large corporations rather than the GMO stuff itself. Corporations are even trying to patent people’s genes just because they discovered them. Craziness.

And I totally agree with you on your second point. Even though we can grow enough food for everyone in the world, we don’t distribute it evenly, so how is this going to make a difference?

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