Alan Kapuler Video Series

Plant breeder and seed saver Alan Kapuler did a fantastic series of videos for the Cooking Up A Story website. I’ve posted some of the earlier ones before, but here’s the complete series of 5.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

25 May, March Against Monsanto

May 23, 2013 · Filed Under Environment, Political, Science, Seed Network, Seed Saving, Seeds · Comment 

See here for a list of events to find one near you!

Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry) in Europe

April 22, 2013 · Filed Under Featured Plant, Science · 2 Comments 

I was recently approached by someone working on a PhD, who is looking for any information on Cape Gooseberry cultivation in Europe.  Does anyone have any historical information?  Is anyone aware of any farmers growing it now in Europe?  He’s looking for any sort of leads or contacts on the subject.

11 Belgian Potato Activists Speak Out

March 13, 2013 · Filed Under Environment, Food Sovereignty, Political, Science · Comment 

Some of the 11 Belgian potato activists have recorded their message in the video above.

Their trial continues in April, with a public mock trial to be held simultaneously outside the courthouse. Everyone is welcome to attend that day.

New GMO Study Shows Cancer Risk

September 26, 2012 · Filed Under Food and Drink, Science · 6 Comments 

A new French life-long study shows rats fed a particular variety of Monsanto’s GMO corn or exposed to glyphosate (Round Up) residues had a significantly higher risk of developing tumors and organ damage.

As a result of this study, Russia has suspended the import of US GMO corn.

This peer reviewed study showed a number of important things.  The first was currently all testing is done for 3 months, and in this study the tumors didn’t develop until after the initial 90 days.  This is also the first study that shows exposure to the GMO corn alone was enough to cause tumors, suggesting direct manipulation of the corn genome can itself cause cancer.  The study also showed exposure to glyphosate residues can cause cancer.

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