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Thu Sep 12, 2013, 02:34 PM

AN ORGANIC FARMER AND A GENETICIST WALK INTO A FIELD

For Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak, genetic engineering and organic farming are both legitimate tools for pursuing sustainable agriculture.
http://ensia.com/articles/an-organic-farmer-and-a-geneticist-walk-into-a-field/

"The debate around genetically engineered crops and organic farming usually begins well beyond a point of no return. Heels dug in, opposing sides accuse one another of being anti-environment or anti-science, evil or ignorant. From there, what takes place is something closer to a schoolyard shouting match than adult discourse.

This is not usually a good — or very successful — place to start honest discussions looking to move conversations forward.

And it’s not the starting point for Pamela Ronald, a University of California, Davis, plant geneticist, and Raoul Adamchak, a farmer who runs the student organic farm on campus. The two are co-authors of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food. They are also married — a truly odd couple in a world divided by preconceived notions and decisions before discussions.

Debates pitting genetic engineering against organic agriculture, focus on, among other things, what each camp feels is necessary to feed a growing population. Both claim to have science on their side when it comes to producing the amount of food needed in a way that will do the least harm to the environment. But, where others see opposition, Ronald and Adamchak contend the two practices should be used in tandem toward the goal of sustainable agriculture.

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A great introduction, and I can't recommend their book enough.

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HuckleB Sep 2013 #5
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Response to HuckleB (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2013, 03:33 PM

1. Kick.

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Response to HuckleB (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2013, 08:16 PM

2. Yeah, I'm kicking this again.

It's time to stop the anti-science routine. It hurts us all. Please dig in.

Thank you.

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Response to HuckleB (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2013, 08:27 PM

3. Okay, I'll kick it too.

But where's the evolutionary biologist?

Feeding people is not the problem. The problem is there are so many of us and we are clueless, simply following the same biological imperative of any innovative species: Exponential growth until you hit the ceiling.

Some species hit the ceiling softly, some hit hard.

I think ours will hit hard.

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Response to hunter (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 12, 2013, 08:34 PM

5. That's possible.

I'd suspect otherwise, however, if we can make it through the next few centuries. I'm much more worried about fundamentalism (of any kind) as a threat, at this point.

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Response to HuckleB (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2013, 08:31 PM

4. "Genetically modifier? I don't even know her."

 

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Response to NuclearDem (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 12, 2013, 10:52 PM

6. OK, then.

But why run away?

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