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larry, dfh

I was in Indiana the fall after the summer of the blight. I knew several people who worked on de-tasselling gangs: 4 rows of detassled corn, one row of pollinator. The farmers were panicked. That's one of the reasons I dislike GMO's: when everyone's growing the exact same stuff, a blight can wipe out everything. It's slowly happening with soybeans right now, the crops can tolerate 'Round-up', but not the blight that is slowly moving up from the Gulf. Ignoring the crop libraries that the natives developed over millenia is another example of the hubris you mentioned.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

Thanks for the mention, Larry, yes, there is a blight moving up in soy. Ditto super-weeds with the GM cotton, for example! And yes, variety is important! This goes for cows, sheep, tomatoes and humans.

The more the merrier, I say. This is why I did things like raise wild turkeys or different varieties of chickens, just for example.

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