Sunday, February 17, 2008

Corn Alternative Weeds

No freaking clue how this will be done, but we need to do it. Some kind of growing medium that needs very little water, no pesticides, can be grown in the barren desert, and could be used as a rotation crop. Cannabis/hemp still needs water, but it's a possibility.
It has to grow like a weed. It can't be a genetically modified plant (unless you consider breeding modification). We can't live on corn alone. Switchgrass sounds nice, I guess.

Of course, a totally synthetic version of "corn" would be nice, something that could be made in a petri dish medium on a grand scale. It's starting to sound sci-fi, but that's because I am no longer a professional biologist.

1 comment:

  1. I think it makes a lot of sense to start looking more at "weeds", and take the god damn label "weed" off of them. Dandelions, Plantain, Clover, Nettles... some of the most nutritious food on the planet, and some of the most available and robust, and easy to work with, and...