Bamboo Machine Setting up the "symbiosis" machine in the botanical garden´s tropical greenhouse. The "simbiosis" machine was built for the exhibition "Natürlich" (natural) that was shown in the public greenhouses of Hamburg´s botanical garden in 2009. I was always fascinated by the immense forces hidden in nature like small shoots cracking massive concrete and roots lifting up sidewalks. While looking for a way to make these slow but powerful processes perceptible I read about the growth rate of bamboo: In the tropics it grows up to 1.5 meters a day while having it´s final diameter right from the beginning. Therefore bamboo seemed to be the perfect energy source for a mechanical object.
Peru Bans Monsanto and GMOs The first time I ever tasted a real tomato, I was in Cusco, Peru. I had picked them up at a Farmer’s Market, bought them from an old lady with wizened wrinkles and sun-browned skin. She’d carried a basket of them to market on foot from her scrap of land somewhere far down the mountain. It was a revelation — heaven and sunlight on my tongue! I never knew tomatoes could pack such flavor.
Boycott MONSANTO : la liste des marques complices Contre la stérilisation des sols agraires et pour la préservation des germes naturelles, nous listons les produits comme MONSANTO, utilisant des organismes génétiquement modifiés (OGM) : UNILEVER, LIPTON, KNORR, KELLOGS, COCA-COLA, PEPSI, QUAKER, SHWEEPS... May 14, 2013Boycott Monsanto – A Simple List of Companies to Avoid In light of the recent public anger over the Monsanto Protection Act, here’s a simple, printable list of companies that use Monsanto products.
Monsanto-spawned superweeds growing three inches daily, destroying farm equipment (NaturalNews) The proliferation of superweeds -- weeds that have mutated to develop resistance to popular herbicides like Monsanto's Roundup formula -- continues to rise. But the individual plants' overall size and strength is also increasing. According to a series of new studies published in the journal Weed Science, farmers are having more trouble than ever dealing with out-of-control superweeds in their fields, some of which grow up to three inches a day in size, and are so strong and thick that they are destroying farm equipment. The studies reveal that there are currently at least 21 different weed species known to be resistant to Roundup, also known generically as glyphosate.
Top Ways to Flip Monsanto the Bird Daily (ALTHeadlines) Everyday, more and more people are waking up and discovering that Monsanto and their many products are being found to be a hazard to human health. It does not matter how much PR money Monsanto spends, people all over the world are realizing the truth. Last year’s first real independent GMO study conducted in Europe demonstrated the long-term effects of GMO corn and the effects of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup fed to rats.
How Plants Feel A hormone called jasmonate mediates plants' responses to touch and can boost defenses against pests. PROTECTIVE TOUCH: After 4 weeks of being gently bent back and forth 10 times, twice a day, Arabidopsis plants unable to produce the hormone jasmonate exhibited normal growth (left), while the plants that could produce jasmonate when touched had delayed flowering, shorter flower stems, and smaller leaf clusters (right). Plants that were touched also had smaller wounds from a fungal infection, and moth larvae that fed on touched plants did not grow as large.© JOELLE BOLT THE PAPER E.W. Why Do G.M.O.'s Need Protection? Genetic engineering in agriculture has disappointed many people who once had hopes for it. Excluding, of course, those who’ve made money from it, appropriately represented in the public’s mind by Monsanto. That corporation, or at least its friends, recently managed to have an outrageous rider slipped into the 587-page funding bill Congress sent to President Obama.
Even pro-glyphosate scientists admit chemical-resistant 'superweeds' may destroy future of herbicides, GMOs (NaturalNews) There has been quite a bit of media coverage recently about the environmental threats of continued overuse of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, a glyphosate-based chemical solution that continues to be liberally sprayed on tens of millions of acres of genetically-modified (GM) soybeans, corn, cotton, and other conventional crops grown in North and South America. But, as has even been admitted by pro-glyphosate scientists, the system cannot go on forever in this way, as Roundup-resistant "superweeds" continue to emerge and spread at an alarming rate, threatening to destroy the entire GMO crop system. A 2008 study published in the journal, Pest Management Science, let the cat out of the bag when it described a whole slew of different chemical-resistant superweeds that are already popping up across the U.S., where glyphosate is most heavily used.
Turf war: In the battle for our crops, superweeds are winning Biotech crops, which represent almost all the corn, soy, and cotton grown in the U.S., have finally met their match. And it’s not (only) the millions of consumers demanding labels on food that contains genetically modified crops, or GMOs. As NPR reports, biotech’s super-nemesis is legions of weeds and bugs that have grown immune to the herbicides and pesticides that many of these crops require. Generally speaking, GMO crops fall into two categories: Some are designed to be resistant to pesticides like Roundup, Monsanto’s all-purpose weed killer. This allows farmers to douse fields with Roundup, killing everything but the corn, soy, or cotton (most commonly) that they’re trying to grow.