National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Atomic gardening: Day of the irradiated peanuts. Cian O'Luanaigh, online producer (Image: Frank Scherschel/Time & Life/Getty) One March day in 1959, at the Royal Commonwealth Society in London, a nuclear enthusiast decided to feed her dinner guests irradiated peanuts.
While Muriel Howorth's guests were unsure about their repast, the unusual dinner was the start of an unforeseen chain reaction that led to the birth of one of the quirkiest horticultural collectives there has ever been: the Atomic Gardening Society. The society encouraged members to grow plants from seeds that had been irradiated so that beneficial mutations would arise. National Science Foundation.
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