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Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops

In October 30, 2016 issue of The New York Times
"LONDON — The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on largely unsubstantiated fears that they are unsafe to eat.

But an extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem — genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.

The promise of genetic modification was twofold: By making crops immune to the effects of weedkillers and inherently resistant to many pests, they would grow so robustly that they would become indispensable to feeding the world’s growing population, while also requiring fewer applications of sprayed pesticides.

Twenty years ago, Europe largely rejected genetic modification at the same time the United States and Canada were embracing it. Comparing results on the two continents, using independent data as well as academic and industry research, shows how the technology has fallen short of the promise.

Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops
About 20 years ago, the United States and Canada began introducing genetic modifications in agriculture. Europe did not embrace the technology, yet it achieved increases in yield and decreases in pesticide use on a par with, or even better than, the United States, where genetically modified crops are widely grown.

Jay Nelson and Friends Visit Godfrey Stephens in Victoria BC Yesterday

Jay and 3 surfers are on a surf/photo trip on Vancouver Island for a Surfer's Journal article, traveling in a camper Jay built. Yesterday they visited Godfrey. In this photo (Jay at left), they're looking into the cabin of Godfrey's latest sailboat. I'm hoping they get a chance to visit Godfrey's best friend, master builder and surfer Bruno Atkey.

Both Godfrey and Bruno are featured in our book Builders of the Pacific Coast.

Jay's San Francisco home is featured in our forthcoming book Small Homes.

Photo: Godfrey Stephens

Hallelujah — Bon Jovi

Great Leonard Cohen Article in Oct. 17 Issue of The New Yorker

With extensive descriptions of Leonard's music by an uncharacteristically talkative Bob Dylan: http://shltr.net/2e9iVcO

Photo by Graeme Mitchell for The New Yorker

Video of Wily Coyote on Road Last Night

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLv7ghJBxQv/?taken-by=lloyd.kahn
Fox was the only living man. There was no earth. The water was everywhere. “What shall I do,” Fox asked himself. He began to sing in order to find out.
   “I would like to meet somebody,” he sang to the sky.
   Then he met Coyote.
   “I thought I was going to meet someone,” Fox said.
   “Where are you going?” Coyote asked.
   “I've been wandering all over trying to find someone. I was worried there for a while.”
   “Well it's better for two people to go together… that's what they always say.”
   “O.K.. But what will we do?”
   “I don't know.”
   “I got it! Let's try to make the world.”
   “And how are we going to do that?” Coyote asked.
   “Sing!” said Fox.

   -Jaime de Angulo, Coyote Man & Old Doctor Loon

Rainbow, Shelter Production Studio, Our New Solar Panels

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLq7tSlBdxY/
I'm still experimenting with posting my Instagram videos here. This is kinda dark, but the skies were red at sunset after the rains.

Marbled Godwit Shore Birds Yesterday

Hey, I just discovered how to make my Instagram movies available on this blog; here's one I posted this morning: https://www.instagram.com/p/BLl4b5nBid-/

Independent Bookstores Back in Biz Thanks to Internet/NYTimes Article

Photo: "Ron Davis and Crystal Wilkinson opened Wild Fig Books and Coffee a year ago in Lexington, Ky. They are among the entrepreneurs taking advantage of the resurgence of independent bookstores." 
"…A decade ago, independent bookstores were viewed as an industry on the decline. Crushed on price by Amazon and by the wide selection of national retailers like Barnes & Noble, thousands of mom-and-pop outlets had closed up shop.
But after years of losses, they are emerging from the decimation, with the number of independent bookstores rising 21 percent from 2010 to 2015.
In a twist of fate, it is the internet — the very thing that was supposed to wipe them out — that is helping these small stores.
Retail sales of new books, which include chains but not online retailers such as Amazon, increased last year for the first time since 2007, according to Census Bureau data — and are up another 6 percent this year. By contrast, Barnes & Noble’s sales fell 6.6 percent last quarter.
'Bookstores are being reinvented by taking advantage of how the world has changed,' said Oren Teicher, chief executive of the American Booksellers Association, which represents independent sellers. 'The whole ability to put technology to work for you has changed everything.'…”
Article by Amy Haimler
Photo by William DeShazer for The New York Times

Dead pelican as art at Ocean Beach, San Francisco


#Driftwood shack


4-fold rotational symmetry of #jellyfish yesterday at beach


Free Books for Life

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post Layout of Pages on Last Home in Our Book SMALL HOM...":

Might interest you, Lloyd

Free Books For Life: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/how-win-free-books-life.html

London bookshop has announced an unusual competition that has booklovers salivating the world over. In celebration of its 80th anniversary, Heywood Hill is asking readers to submit the name of a single book that has meant the most to them. It has to have been published in English, or translated into English, since 1935 – the year in which Heywood Hill opened.

The lucky winner, determined by draw after the competition closes on October 31st, will receive one newly published, hardcover book every month for the rest of his or her life, mailed anywhere in the world

Contest Site: https://www.heywoodhill.com/competition