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Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops

In October 30, 2016 issue of The New York Times
"LONDON — The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on largely unsubstantiated fears that they are unsafe to eat.

But an extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem — genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.

The promise of genetic modification was twofold: By making crops immune to the effects of weedkillers and inherently resistant to many pests, they would grow so robustly that they would become indispensable to feeding the world’s growing population, while also requiring fewer applications of sprayed pesticides.

Twenty years ago, Europe largely rejected genetic modification at the same time the United States and Canada were embracing it. Comparing results on the two continents, using independent data as well as academic and industry research, shows how the technology has fallen short of the promise.

Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops
About 20 years ago, the United States and Canada began introducing genetic modifications in agriculture. Europe did not embrace the technology, yet it achieved increases in yield and decreases in pesticide use on a par with, or even better than, the United States, where genetically modified crops are widely grown.

Jay Nelson and Friends Visit Godfrey Stephens in Victoria BC Yesterday

Jay and 3 surfers are on a surf/photo trip on Vancouver Island for a Surfer's Journal article, traveling in a camper Jay built. Yesterday they visited Godfrey. In this photo (Jay at left), they're looking into the cabin of Godfrey's latest sailboat. I'm hoping they get a chance to visit Godfrey's best friend, master builder and surfer Bruno Atkey.

Both Godfrey and Bruno are featured in our book Builders of the Pacific Coast.

Jay's San Francisco home is featured in our forthcoming book Small Homes.

Photo: Godfrey Stephens

Hallelujah — Bon Jovi

Video of Wily Coyote on Road Last Night

Fox was the only living man. There was no earth. The water was everywhere. “What shall I do,” Fox asked himself. He began to sing in order to find out.
   “I would like to meet somebody,” he sang to the sky.
   Then he met Coyote.
   “I thought I was going to meet someone,” Fox said.
   “Where are you going?” Coyote asked.
   “I've been wandering all over trying to find someone. I was worried there for a while.”
   “Well it's better for two people to go together… that's what they always say.”
   “O.K.. But what will we do?”
   “I don't know.”
   “I got it! Let's try to make the world.”
   “And how are we going to do that?” Coyote asked.
   “Sing!” said Fox.

   -Jaime de Angulo, Coyote Man & Old Doctor Loon

Rainbow, Shelter Production Studio, Our New Solar Panels

I'm still experimenting with posting my Instagram videos here. This is kinda dark, but the skies were red at sunset after the rains.

Marbled Godwit Shore Birds Yesterday

Hey, I just discovered how to make my Instagram movies available on this blog; here's one I posted this morning: https://www.instagram.com/p/BLl4b5nBid-/

#Driftwood shack

4-fold rotational symmetry of #jellyfish yesterday at beach

Free Books for Life

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post Layout of Pages on Last Home in Our Book SMALL HOM...":

Might interest you, Lloyd

Free Books For Life: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/how-win-free-books-life.html

London bookshop has announced an unusual competition that has booklovers salivating the world over. In celebration of its 80th anniversary, Heywood Hill is asking readers to submit the name of a single book that has meant the most to them. It has to have been published in English, or translated into English, since 1935 – the year in which Heywood Hill opened.

The lucky winner, determined by draw after the competition closes on October 31st, will receive one newly published, hardcover book every month for the rest of his or her life, mailed anywhere in the world

Contest Site: https://www.heywoodhill.com/competition