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Tag: biodiversity

Food Biodiversity Loss Since Early 1900s

Biodiversity in our food supply is dwindling, but what can we do to preserve it?

At the turn of last century, farmers and gardeners could choose from hundreds of varieties of seeds to grow various food plants. Today, those numbers have dwindled to as little as 12.

Gathering: A Life Spent Saving Our Seeds From Extinction

Thanks to the dedication of a few individuals who spent almost every waking moment devoted to saving our agricultural heritage by saving seeds, the tragic loss of that diversity is being mitigated. Gathering, Memoir of a Seed Saver, is the autobiography of Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange. It is the story of her life and commitment to saving the seeds of literally thousands of unique edible plants, to ensure that they and their stories would not disappear forever.

Lima, Peru Becomes a GMO-Free Zone

Last week, Lima, the capitol of Peru, became a GMO-free zone. Several other municipalities in Peru have already declared themselves free of transgenic and genetically-modified organisms.

Could GM Salmon Escape Into the Wild?

Four thousand Scottish salmon escaped from Loch Duart Salmon Farm in Scotland. If ordinary salmon can escape a farm, why can’t GM salmon? Silly question. Of course GM salmon will be able to escape into the wild.

Breaking: FDA Reassesing GM Salmon

Today marked a small victory for opponents to genetically engineered food. The FDA announced is needs more time to decide if it’s going to approve AquaBounty’s GM salmon, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over for opponents of the GM fish.