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The Ethics of Modern Agriculture: Organic Foods vs. Frankenfoods

Robert Paarlberg is a professor of political science at Wellesley College and an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. His principal research interests are international agricultural and environmental policy. His latest book, “Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa,” explains why poor African farmers are denied access to productive technologies, particularly genetically engineered seeds with improved resistance to insects and drought. In his Food for Thought lecture, Rob discuses why, after embracing agricultural science to become well fed, those in wealthy countries are instructing Africans — on the most dubious grounds — not to do the same. Outreach in Biotechnology’s Food for Thought Lecture Series brings together internationally recognized experts to talk about the best (and worst) ways to use biotechnology for food and fuel. For more information, go to A study guide to this lecture is available at Recorded 19 Jan 2010
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Sustainable urban agriculture hydroponic vegetable greenhouse.dv

This video shows the Urban Food Farm from It’s a complete greenhouse kit system with hydroponics, irrigation, soil-less growing and a very efficient space layout to grow organic vegetables and herbs year round. The greenhouse floor plant is 8×12. Normally the greenhouse walls are clear polycarbonate but since it’s been raining they are covered in condensation. We tried to show the inside of the greenhouse design and closeup of all the vegetable plants. Compare to the other videos taken 2 weeks and 3 weeks prior, the vegetable and herb plants grow fast. This video is from 12 it’s hard to believe it’s December, the plants are growing as if it was March. This video shows a close look of the tomato plants, all the herb plants like chives, basil, cilantro, mint and a few others, there are also cucumber, zucchini, squash, lettuce, micro greens and strawberry plants. Some of the plants we planted from seed on week 2 of the project and others like the older tomato and cucumber plants were brought from an older version of this vegetable hydrofarm. All of the vegetables grown are organic from hybrid seed. The greenhouse layout plan in this 8×12 hobby greenhouse offers 144 foot of hydroponic soil-less growing all done in coco coir.The combination of the greenhouse plan, the coco and the clear plastic walls allows this hydrofarm to grow as much as 6x more than the same space planted in the ground. The amount of work is also considerably less thanks to automated
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