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George Chuck, a U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher whose work is literally grounded on those same 2 acres, sees it much differently.
Chuck, whose work is affiliated with UC Berkeley, said protesters have claimed the site might be used for a new Whole Foods Market but plans for that development are adjacent to the farm, on land that's already been developed.
Some protesters, Chuck said, claim research at the Gill Tract is funded by large oil and other corporate concerns. But it just ain't so.
Chuck's research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy - and it's far more important to society than anything the protesters are trying to do.
For the past decade, he's worked on mapping corn genes to identify which ones produce energy. His work adding corn genes to switchgrass has more than doubled the yield of biofuels produced by the hybrid crop. His findings were published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
That research, which has the potential to increase alternative fuel sources sounds more important than the desires of two dozen or so people growing 2 acres worth of anything.
"What's worse is that when I tried talking to (some of) these guys, they just started spouting slogans someone else told them," Chuck said.
I've written programs that do that - probably more intelligently too! And as far as the group's efforts to grow crops on land Chuck said is not yet ready for planting, "They have no idea what they're doing," he said.
Since protesters arrived, they've managed to destroy a fruit tree that was the subject of a research project, created a waste pile, built a rickety chicken coop and left the gate open allowing wild turkeys to escape or be killed by predators that entered the unlocked facility, he added.
Do I really have to say it? What a bunch of maroons!
Posted by CrazyFool 2012-06-11 11:13||
#5 Ahh, CF writes the perfect example of leftist liberal gov't mentality in action.
Posted by AlanC 2012-06-11 13:01||
#6 Re Crazy Fool's post:
I sounds like the only constructive thing they've done is create a waste pile. Kind of like Obama.
Posted by Frozen Al 2012-06-11 14:29||
#7 Burned out, out of money, out of ideas... seduced by salaries, comfy offices, book deals, old lefty cash and minor celebrity status, some of the most prominent early heroes of our leaderless uprising are losing the edge that catalyzed last year's one thousand encampments.
Well, I don't see that this actually happened, but it sounds like they sold out to THE MAN!!!
Posted by tu3031 2012-06-11 17:39||
#8 Well, I don't see that this actually happened, but it sounds like they sold out to THE MAN!!!
"We have met the enemy, and they is us"?
Posted by Pappy 2012-06-11 18:21||