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Monday, January 5, 2015

Topics to Turn Over

Share your thoughts, comments and isn't this a great place to read a book?

While we won’t be turning over the soil anytime soon, there’s always an abundance of interesting garden and design topics to turn over and kick around until spring appears. This particular article caught my attention this morning titled, ‘A gray area in regulation of genetically modified crops.’  Click on the link and take a peek. This is the type of topic we may not be privy to until its ramifications; until years to come. 

Regardless of imposing more stringent regulations or tightening up loopholes that companies may navigate around, the long-term environmental concern is a biggie - the potential of creating an invasive species such as a grass so resistant that it cannot be eradicated. Developed species that can withstand chemical treatments has its purpose and its pros. The flip side of the coin is what was mentioned above - a developed species becomes so dominant, there is no way to control it. All you have to do is look at our current invasive species list and wonder how these came to be problem children of the natural world.

As Michiel van Lookeren Campagne, president of the biotechnology division of Syngenta, a seed and agricultural company states, “The technology is always one step ahead of the regulators.” This one line rings true for any new developments. Accountability of product lines and its long-term impact equate to a balance necessary to keep all good things in check. Yes, balance and harmony is what we promote.

One other insight caught in today’s paper worthy of making a note – Mark Zuckerberg is adding ‘a little more book’ to Facebook. The Facebook Founder and CEO plans to read a book every other week in 2015. One can only hope that somewhere in there he indulges on one related to the green industry or any topic that spells ‘OUTDOORS’. The books he considers for his ‘Year in Book’ page is certain to boost the readership of its author and subject. Like running water, it should create a trickle-down effect. I’m just thrilled he is giving reading this extra push.

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