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The Sustainable Flowers Podcast:

A conversation about sustainable cut flower growing and designing between two passionate Canadian  growers trying to figure it out.

Heather and Clara grow cut flowers for market on the northern edge of the Canadian Prairies.  In this podcast they discuss the issues they face and alternatives to conventional approaches that they are putting into practice or are trialing to ensure that their small-scale flower farming operations are sustainable. Looking to the past and to new technologies to learn the whys and hows, they discuss everything from peat to floral foam, Antirrhinum to Zinnias as well as their weekly adventures on their Zones 2 and 3 flower farms.

Mar 6, 2020

Well, this week we are venturing into the "hot button" topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The technology for genetic engineering is developing in leaps and bounds.  In fact, how rapidly it is developing completely blind sided us.  So we thought a little bit of a discussion about GMOs in the floriculture industry was in order.  You can already buy genetically engineered carnations (Moon Series) and a genetically engineered rose (Applause).  In this episode we explain (very briefly) some of the technologies, and discuss implications, and our opinions of course;)

We looked at a lot of papers and articles- some of the best are listed below- warning some of what you may read may seriously upset you.

 Baranski, R. , Magdalena Klimek-Chodacka, Aneta Lukasiewicz. 2019. Approved genetically modified (GM) horticultural plants:
A 25-year perspective.  Folia Hort. 31(1), 2019, 3-49.

Kishi-Kaboshi M.;  Ryutaro Aida, Katsutomo Sasaki. 2018. Genome engineering in ornamental plants: Current status and future prospects. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 131 (47-52)

MIT Technology Review article: The Next Great GMO Debate

Nordberg A, Minssen T, Holm S, Horst M, Mortensen K, Møller BL. 2018. Cutting edges and weaving threads in the gene editing revolution: reconciling scientific progress with legal, ethical, and social concerns. J Law Biosci. 2018;5(1):35–83. Published 2018 Jan 18. doi:10.1093/jlb/lsx043.

Oh- and I just found this one on bees- published at the end of February GMO bees article


 Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum and audio editing was completed by the uber talented Laura Eccleston.