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The Battle for Biodiversity: Monsanto and Farmers Clash - Anna Lappé - Life. Does genetic modification lead to more and better crops?

The Battle for Biodiversity: Monsanto and Farmers Clash - Anna Lappé - Life

Or will it destroy the foundations of our food systems? French farmers and activists reap what they called an "illegal" plot of genetically modified rapeseed developed by the agribusiness company Monsanto. Robert Pratta/Reuters Two weeks ago, Monsanto announced the latest genetically engineered crop it hopes to bring to market: a soybean rejiggered to resist the herbicide dicamba. The new product, says Monsanto, will aid in weed control and "deliver peace of mind for growers.

" Meanwhile, half a world away, La Via Campesina, a farmers' movement of 150 organizations from 70 countries, had a slightly different idea about what would bring peace of mind to its millions of members: protecting biodiversity. Monsanto and La Via Campesina represent two distinct worldviews. This debate is significant. Since the 1980 Diamond v. That's not what the biotech industry is saying. NASA. For stuck Mars rover, time is running out - LiveScience- msnbc.c.

Time is running out for NASA's stuck Mars rover Spirit as engineers prepare to make their final attempts to rescue the hard-luck robot from its Martian sand trap. Spirit spun its wheels extremely slowly Tuesday in yet another attempt to extricate itself from the wheel-deep sand it has been stuck in since May 2009. Engineers are studying the results of that drive to decide which of the few remaining options to try next. So far, nothing NASA has tried has worked to free Spirit. "Earlier drives in the past two weeks using wheel wiggles and slow wheel rotation produced only negligible progress toward extricating Spirit," NASA officials said in an update.

Spirit and its robotic twin have been exploring different parts of Mars since January 2004 and far outlasted their initial 90-day life expectancy. The rover's wheels slipped into deep Martian sandon May 6, 2009 and have been stuck in place ever since. . © 2013 Astronomy Picture of the Day. Pesaretabrizi - Architecture of IRAN during Islamic times. Pesaretabrizi pesaretabrizi Architecture of IRAN during Islamic times pesaretabrizi November 26th, 2009 Although much of Iran's architecture during the Islamic period has been destroyed over the years, even those of the legendary cities of Nishapur, Ghazni and Tabriz, due to earthquakes or barbarian invading armies, there is still a number of very impressive buildings to show.

Previous page: Architecture of IRAN before Islam << click Tags: iranian persian islamic architecture ira ( 20 comments — Leave a comment ) taniabelous 2010-01-25 01:11 pm (UTC) Beautiful architecture!!! (Reply) (Thread) kozavr 2010-01-27 03:32 pm (UTC) это великолепно (Reply) (Thread) aissi 2010-02-06 09:12 pm (UTC) These are all amazing. (Reply) (Thread) bad_habit 2010-02-06 11:53 pm (UTC) These pictures are stunning. (: I hope I get to see many of these sights in the future. (Reply) (Thread) strangemuses 2010-02-07 03:23 am (UTC) Here via quikipedia on Twitter. Rare Photos of Saturn's Aurorae Captured For The Last Time By Hu.

Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch (HD) Camera E-8.