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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 13, 2013/ 6 Elul, 5773

The plant that wouldn't die

By Dave Ross




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A wheat farmer is Kansas has now filed suit against Monsanto --- saying it was negligent in the way it handled a genetically modified strain of wheat that refused to die.


When you spray wheat with the herbicide Roundup, it's supposed to die. But last month Mike Flowers' colleagues at Oregon State University received a sample of wheat sent by an Oregon farmer which inexplicably sprouted even after being sprayed. So they had it tested, "on the off chance it would be resistant to Roundup. That former test came back positive, and we thought that was a problem," said Flowers.


It's now being called Zombie wheat -- a strain of wheat engineered to be resistant to Roundup -- which had been tested nine years ago by Monsanto -- but never got past the testing stage, and was never sold commercially and was supposed to have been destroyed.


"It's certainly not supposed to be out growing in a farmer's field," said Flowers.


Yet here it was, showing up in a field nowhere near the plots where it had been tested.


The wheat is safe to eat - but that doesn't matter to customers like Japan --- which are refusing to buy any of it until the mystery is solved.


For the Union of Concerned scientists --- this is a big-I-told-you so. Roundup resistant crops were supposed to make it easier for farmers to weed their fields, but Scientist Doug Gurian-Sherman says they can backfire:


"This has led, to, what is literally in the east and epidemic of weeds that are resistant to these herbicides," said Gurian-Sherman.


The weeds themselves can apparently pick up the protective gene, and suddenly farmers are in an arms race with nature. And we know who bats last in that game.


Said Gurian-Sherman, "Potentially this the tip of an iceberg.


And so everyone waits --- until the USDA solves the mystery of the wheat plant that wouldn't die.

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Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on Seattle's KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. He spends his down time tinkering with electronic projects, writing novelty songs, shopping at thrift stores, and playing squash. As an avid hiker, he's earned the title Energizer Bunny from his friends; while they all stop to see stuff along the trail, Dave keeps going and going and going. He enjoys traveling internationally for work and pleasure with memorable stops in Baghdad, Qatar, Israel, Prague, Germany (to cover the Berlin Wall), China, Soviet Union, Niger, Senegal, and Iran.

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Previously:


08/12/13 Class warfare at 35,000 feet is just fine
08/09/13 Want a good night's sleep? Become homeless
08/08/13 When eating too healthy becomes a problem
08/07/13 The Die Phone
08/06/13 Can't afford a doctor or medicine? There's always the Placebo App
08/05/13 Car prowlers taught lesson with call to mom





© 2013, Dave Ross

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