argylesock says... Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) is hugely important in resource-poor parts of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa but kids raised on it can lack iron. Here's what I learned about a selectively bred, biofortified crop called iron-rich pearl millet.
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Iron and zinc deficiencies are common in people who subsist primarily on grain-based diets. A new strain of pearl millet, developed in India to contain greater amounts of iron and zinc, was found to be capable of meeting these mineral needs of children that consumed millet as a dietary staple. 28 more words
I grew up in the agricultural heartland of America. My parents were farmers, as were their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Farming is my legacy. And, even though I am not a farmer today, I am still proud to call myself a farm girl. 1,107 more words
argylesock says... Here's what a Green Revolution can look like from the inside. My fellow blogger Littlesundog has lived through great changes in America's agricultural heartland and she's not very impressed. The biotech giants and their genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered, GE) seeds don't please her. You can scroll down her article to watch a documentary about what, in one authors' view, has gone wrong there.