links: sane food, ancient seed, a tiny chameleon
WE DO THIS ON FACEBOOK DAILY: I read something that grabs my attention, and pass it on. Easy: I just insert a link and a comment, click, go. But I realize only about 8,000 so far of you “like” the A Way to Garden Facebook page (care to join us there?), and that I must make an effort to share my random “bookmarks” more regularly with the wider group. And so…
They could be things like yesterday’s “New York Times” story by Anne Raver on Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch at Four Season Farm in Maine, for instance. Or the animated video (above) produced to illustrate the tenets of sustainability from a Michael Pollan lecture that I spied on a favorite site, Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings [dot] org. Or:
In With the Old…
Talk about reincarnation. How about a 32,000-year-old flower seed that germinates anyhow—and in the Arctic, no less. And we worry about how and where to store our leftover packets for a year or two.
On the subject of antiquity: Jump back nearly another 300 million years to a fossilized forest just reported on by Russian scientists in China, covered (Pompeii-like) in a thick layer of volcanic ash.
I find it very ironic that the word “goodwill” could be applied to Monsanto, in any context, but when it comes to accounting methods, apparently it has a lot of goodwill (on its books). Related: The LA Times just recapped the suit filed last month in NYC Federal Court against Monsanto by a group of farmers and seed companies. The judge’s decision on whether the case has the merits to continue (or be dismissed, as Monsanto requested) is due by the end of March.
Speaking of biotech: This video from a Canadian environmental group may be a cartoon, but perhaps that underscores that even a CHILD should be able to understand how dangerous releasing untested transgenic hybrids (a.k.a., GMOs) is. Too bad their inventors don’t.
Nature’s Little Geniuses
Smaller is better, this chameleon asserts (and he should know, because he can fit on a matchhead). How clever of him to hail from a suitably small island off Madagascar, where he was recently discovered.
More tiny magic: We have the most interesting community here on A Way to Garden (whether blog or Facebook page). I “met” a reader the other day when his comment was the winner of one of my giveaways, and learned he raises silk worms and spins silk from their cocoons. That’s him in the American Museum of Natural History video, above. I had no idea of how this magical process worked–but now I do.
You see? It’s not just seed catalogs and how to prune Viburnum and what to put in your compost (or leave out) here on A Way to Garden and its Facebook page. Don’t hesitate to add what you’ve been browsing in the comments below; I’m sure we’d all like to see.