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Some environmental risks can be reduced to an acceptable level by careful management. When biosafety reviewers determine that a proposed field test poses such a risk, they typically recommend that adjustments be made in the field-test release plan to address specific points of concern. For example, monitoring plans could be adjusted to be more comprehensive or provide different focus contingency plans could be called for when early termination of the field-test release was seen as a distinct possibility removal of an antibiotic-resistance marker gene before release could eliminate a concern that threatened to make approval unlikely specific labeling could be created and attached to seed containers to reduce concerns about inadvertent mixing of GMO and non-GMO seed.
The ongoing consolidation of the agribusiness sector, marked by a trail of industry mergers and acquisitions that have created megamultinational corporations and caused the disappearance of many smaller seed companies, leads many people to feel that important decisions and choices are being taken away from them. Consumers feel they are losing control over what they eat. In major GMO-producing countries such as the United States and Argentina, standard commodity-handling procedures result in a mixing of GMO and non-GMO varieties of corn and soybeans. As a result, a high
The simplest approach is purely mechanical. Wheels mounted on the cultivator guide the implement by rolling along the sides of raised beds or ridges, or else travel in furrows laid down by the planter. These systems are sufficiently accurate for cultivating at high speeds with in-row tools (Mohler, Frisch & Mt. Pleasant, 1997), or for cultivating very close to small plants with a conventional inter-row shovel cultivator (Melander & Hartvig, 1997). They are best adapted to rear-mounted machines since the implement must have some lateral sway relative to the tractor. Mechanical guidance is inexpensive relative to the electronic guidance systems discussed below, and can be used when the crops are too small to sense electronically. However, furrow guidance requires implements six rows or wider, since two wheels are needed for stability and the tractor tires must not obliterate the furrows. Also, the furrow made by the planter must be preserved during any early-season passes with a rotary...
Second, farmers conduct tests or experiments in which they compare something new with their normal practices. In these experiments, farmers commonly test new physical inputs to crop production like crop species or varieties, cover crops, tools and equipment, or soil amendments. For such tests, farmers use the kitchen garden, a corner or strip offield close to their residence, or even an entire field. They may also test variations in management such as timing, spacing, or quantities of their usual inputs in a single or several seasons.
The commercial introduction of Monsanto's RR-soybean has coincided with strong European Union (EU) refusal of transgenic foods since late 1998 and with the recent (1998-2000) and aggressive acquisition of commodity seed companies, operated with national capital, by the same transnational companies that are being accused of building a potential global monopoly in agricultural biotechnology. The parallel approach of European supermarket chains, with promises of premium prices for GMO-free soybean of certified origin, has inflamed local politicians and farmers, who were looking for new export dollars. This has also given opposition groups a special tool to fight against the technology and against Monsanto and other biotechnology companies. Grande do Sul to guarantee, for commercial reasons, that the state is a GMO-free zone.
A tap is nothing more than a stiff pipe plugged into the hole that funnels the sap out of the tree. Any tubular, soft piece of wood will do. My own yard abounds with one-inch diameter sumac trees. Once the branches have been cut into six-inch lengths, it is a simple matter -am a red-hot straight iron through the spongy pith. All that remains is to whittle one end of tl shaft to a taper d drive the tapered end into the tap hole like a bung into a barrel of wine. The sumac will swell with the first run of sap, sealing the tap tightly against each hole. Professional buckets are made of
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