In February 2016, a study was published by Purdue University following an analysis of genetically modified crops (GMOs) in the global agriculture industry. They found that, “18 million farmers in 28 countries planted about 181 million hectares of GMO crops in 2014, with about 40 percent of that in the United States.” (Wallheimer). In 2015, for the first time since commercially grown GMOs entered the food chain, the global acreage decreased by a mere 2 million hectares. While this certainly does not represent a peak for the GMO industry, it may be the start of a plateau.Continue reading
Mushrooms are fascinating organisms that deserve the attention of more farmers and gardeners. Growing mushrooms is a good idea for multiple reasons, and can be done in a few different ways – though it also poses some challenges.Continue reading
Gardening Through the Year!
It was a beautiful November day today. It was sunny, about 50 with little wind. I had been wanting to get out into the garden for days, but it was chilly, windy and cloudy and there was too much going on in other areas of my life. So what does a gardener do in November? Harvest, plant, transplant, cover, uncover, clean up and compost. There are new experiments and experiences each year. It is all really quite satisfying and exciting.Continue reading