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All Books Come From Trees, This Book Turns Into One

Once you finish reading Mi Papa Estuvo en la Selva, simply plant it in the ground, add water, and wait.

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The next big thing in children’s literature isn’t necessarily an imaginative story or lush illustrations. In fact, if you’re looking for a particularly innovative children’s book, you might not even find it on a bookshelf at all.

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Farmers Are Working Toward a Brighter Future for Organic Vegetables

Many organic farmers don't have the option of using exclusively organic seed. Organic Seed Growers Conference attendees want to fix that.


You might expect all the seeds that go into creating an organic farm to be organic themselves. But when the Organic Seed Alliance asked organic farmers how much organic seed they were using, only one out of five reported using 100 percent organic seed. The most common reason the farmers cited for using conventional seed was that they couldn’t get the type of seeds they needed if they used only organics.

The rise of organic farming has coincided with the burst of fantastic heirloom tomatoes and seemingly infinite varieties of kale in farmers’ markets and even grocery stores. The same farmers dedicated to organic production were interested in raising heirloom vegetables and saving seeds to use from year to year, instead of sending away to seed catalogs anew each season. But as organic farming has grown, farmers interested in growing even basic vegetables have not been able to find enough of the right seeds. As the OSA recounted in its 2011 State of Organic Seed report, the availability and quality of organic seeds has not kept up with the pace at which organic farming has been growing.

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Taste of Tech: Biohacking the Future

How to make your own genetically modified seed—and what might happen if you do.

This Taste of Tech post is the fourth in a series exploring the science and technology of food in partnership with Gearfuse. Don't miss last week's post on the complicated relationship between industrial production lines and pure food by Matthew Battles.

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