A personal quest to promote the use of wind energy and hydrogen technology in the Great Lakes area of the United States. The Great Lakes area is in a unique position to become an energy exporting region through these and other renewable energy technologies. *Update 2014: Just do it everywhere - Dan*
As you know, we have big problems with our food system. We're facing decreased crop diversity, poor soil health, lower nutritional content, and dying pollinators. We've witnessed increased use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers which are poisoning farm workers and communities, and much of our food supply is controlled by biotech and agrochemical corporations.
Our friends at Seed Matters are trying to solve these issues by focusing on the beginning—seeds.
Today, six chemical companies control 63% of the seed market, and their combined R&D budgets are 15 times higher than all US public spending on agricultural research. These industrial chemical and pharmaceutical companies weren't even breeding or producing seed 25 years ago, but now they've taken over hundreds of independent seed companies around the world.
And with recently announced efforts to merge some of these companies, the situation is about to get even worse.
US agriculture has become overly reliant on crops engineered for pesticides and synthetic fertilizers while ignoring the greater agricultural need and consumer demand for crops that have less of a negative impact on our soil, water, and health.
The control of seeds must be put back into the hands of farmers and breeders with a more diversified approach to develop cultivars that reduce agricultural impact on natural resources, reduce chemical exposure for communities, protect pollinator health, and improve the nutritional quality of our food.