There are many reasons to have a basic understanding of evolution. While it was science-fiction, there was a good sized nugget of truth in the warnings of Jeff Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park when he said that nature finds a way, Nearly Half of All US Farms Now Have Superweeds
Last year’s drought took a big bite out of the two most prodigious US crops, corn and soy. But it apparently didn’t slow down the spread of weeds that have developed resistance to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup (glyphosate), used on crops engineered by Monsanto to resist it. More than 70 percent of all the the corn, soy, and cotton grown in the US is now genetically modified to withstand glyphosate.
[ ]…• Nearly half (49 percent) of all US farmers surveyed said they have glyphosate-resistant weeds on their farm in 2012, up from 34 percent of farmers in 2011.
• Resistance is still worst in the South. For example, 92 percent of growers in Georgia said they have glyphosate-resistant weeds.
Every time farmers used Monsanto’s Roundup some weeds survived. Maybe they were not in the best shape, but they were healthy enough to propagate. They passed on their glyphosate resistant genetic properties to the next generation. I’ve read some statements by Monsanto scientists, when they’re allowed to speak and they are pretty much in denial of some basic scientific truths. A steady nice sized check every two weeks has that affect on some people.
In jazz, saxophonists and trumpeters get most of the limelight. Seeing that those two groups are also my favorites I can understand the bias. Though it’s good to shift tastes once in a while to experience something new. So a tip of the hat to jazz clarinet today with Anat Cohen: Bringing The Clarinet To The World
Clarinetist Anat Cohen is one of a handful of Israeli jazz musicians making a mark on the American jazz scene. She’s been voted Clarinetist of the Year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, and her most recent album, Claroscuro, showcases the range of her talents and musical influences, from New Orleans-style jazz to Israel to Latin music — particularly that of Brazil.
The rest of NPR’s profile of Anat is at the link.