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A BATTLE IS QUIETLY BEING WAGED BETWEEN THE INDUSTRY THAT PRODUCES GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS AND SCIENTISTS TRYING TO INVESTIGATE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF ENGINEERED CROPS. ALTHOUGH COMPANIES HAVE RECENTLY GIVEN GROUND,RESEARCHERS SAY THESE FIRMS ARE STILL LOATH TO ALLOW INDEPENDENT ANALYSES OF THEIR PATENTED — AND PROFITABLE — SEEDS.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bruce Stutz writes on science, nature, and the environment. A former editor-in-chief ofNatural History, he is a contributing editor to OnEarth. He has written for the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Discover and Audubon. He is the author of Natural Lives, Modern Times and Chasing Spring, An American Journey Through a Changing Season.
Credit: The International Rice Research Institute.
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About the author
In 2007 I started a Masters in Fine Arts that was let go late that first year due to unexpected illness and relocating interstate. The topic I was pursuing had something of a strong connection to what I gleaned this article was in no small part addressing - to do with enormous change and the velocity of the change we are countering at this time. I was interested in pondering what the implications for a contemporary artist were in responding to this quality of change and the resulting anxieties and problems to be seen in communities all over.
If the early 20th century resulted in groups like the Dadaists voicing their unique vision I wondered what it might mean now to be addressing current local/global agendas and be contributing a reading of ways that resiliance might overcome growing pressures - and how employing one's capacities as an artist might be of value.
Perhaps even now I am not clear when I mention this... I was quite clear about the chaos and complexity I was witnessing or personally experiencing as I navigated through the flux of my own life - what eluded me was the precise idea I wished to pursue. Homage to the Seed evolved out of that heightened restlessness to be engaged in questions of now and the future meaningfully.
There remains that sense that immense questions hang over us and the much needed rhythm of deft navigating is what we are called on to familiarise ourselves with in a way like never before. Complexity meets velocity is a potent combination.
I know many of us have been taught that the getting of a good career/job and our home is the ticket to security. Increasingly the counter arguement of "following our bliss" has rung out to those free enough to pursue it, fool-hardy enough or just plain vocationally driven by inner necessity.
Then along comes a series of factors since 9/11 that seem to mock both ideals... in all seriousness... how precisely do we think we are going to create security for ourselves now and into the future! We've seen the error and vulnerability at the end of the day of those only thinking of themselves.
Seed is a magazine that will prompt a great many timely thoughts... have a look when you can!