GM seeds and a new Columbia housing ordinance

Feb 20, 2013

Researchers at Monsanto chart the progression of a corn plant over 10 weeks: seed, immature plant, callus, early shoot, shoots, early rooting and advanced rooting. Monsanto fills growth chambers reflecting diverse climate conditions with myriad seed samples.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Coming up we’ll kick off a three-part series from Harvest Public Media on the Science of the Seed. For the introductory report, Amy Mayer explores the origins of gene transformation.

But let’s first start in Columbia where as of February, landlords are required to maintain a list of all tenants. It’s part of a new occupancy limitation disclosure ordinance recently passed by the City Council. KBIA’s Andrew Yost reports that the ordinance deals with several overcrowding issues concerning neighbors.

Now, let’s turn our attention to the humble seed, from which all grain production begins. The vast majority of the corn and soybeans in this country come from seeds that have been genetically modified. The controversial technology, which is nearly 30-years old, continues to make headlines.

Harvest Public Media is a collaboration of KBIA and other public media stations across the Midwest. Tune in to this week’s Under the Microscope for the conclusion of Harvest Public Media’s Science of the Seed series.  There, we’ll check out a story about how expiring patents on genetic modification technology will affect the seed industry and farmers.