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    Monsanto recently introduced GE alfalfa. One serious problem with this is that alfalfa does not pollinate via wind and gravity like soybeans and corn and other already genetically engineered crop). Alfalfa pollinated through bees -which can travel much further than wind and contaminate all non-GE outside of the farms territory.
    Hopefully GE alfalfa won’t outnumber evolutions years of work alfalfa.


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    Maybe its an american-english name problem but what the hell is alfalfa?


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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfalfa

    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa), also known as Lucerne, Purple Medic and Trefoil (Arabic: البرسيم الحجازي), is a perennial flowering plant cultivated as an important forage crop.

    Alfalfa is one of the most important legumes used in agriculture. The US is the largest alfalfa producer in the world. The leading alfalfa growing states (within the U.S.A.) are California, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The upper Midwestern states account for about 50% of US production, the North eastern states 10%, and western states 40% of US production, the latter mostly under irrigation. Alfalfa is not very important in the Southeastern states. However, alfalfa has a wide range of adaptation and can be grown from very cold northern plains to high mountain valleys, from rich temperate agricultural regions to Mediterranean climates and searing hot deserts.

    Alfalfa lives from three to twelve years, depending on variety and climate. It is a cool season perennial legume, growing to a height of 1 meter. It resembles clover with clusters of small purple flowers. It also has a deep root system sometimes stretching to 4.5 metres. This makes it very resilient, especially to droughts. It has a tetraploid genome.

    Alfalfa is native to Iran, where it was probably domesticated during the Bronze Age to feed horses being brought from Central Asia. It came to Greece around 490 B.C. being used as a horse feed for Persian army. It was introduced from Chile to the United States around 1860. It is widely grown throughout the world as forage for cattle, and is most often harvested as hay. Alfalfa has the highest feeding value of all common hay crops, being used less frequently as pasture. Like other legumes, its root nodules contain bacteria, like Rhizobium, with the ability to fix nitrogen, producing a high-protein feed regardless of available nitrogen in the soil.

    Its wide cultivation beginning in the seventeenth century was an important advance in European agriculture. Its symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing bacteria and use as animal feed greatly improved agricultural efficiency. When grown on soils where it is well-adapted, alfalfa is the highest yielding forage plant.

    Alfalfa is a plant that exhibits autotoxicity, which means that it is difficult for alfalfa seed to grow in existing stands of alfalfa. Therefore, it is recommended that alfalfa fields be cleared or rotated before reseeding.

    Its primary use is for dairy production, followed by beef, sheep, horses and goats, but it is sometimes used for human consumption. Alfalfa sprouts are used as a salad ingredient in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Tender shoots are eaten in some places as a leaf vegetable. Human consumption of older plant parts is limited primarily by very high fiber content. Dehydrated alfalfa leaf is commercially available as a dietary supplement in several forms, such as tablets, powders and tea. Alfalfa is believed to be a galactagogue.
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    Thanks for nothing. I am capable of typing 7 letters into google myself.
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    Ghost, try to be a little less belligerent. While you undoubtedly are capable of typing seven letters into google, your earlier statement "........but what the hell is alfalfa?" suggested you had not.

    scpg02 has provided some relevant background material and is to be applauded for that, not castigated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    Ghost, try to be a little less belligerent. While you undoubtedly are capable of typing seven letters into google, your earlier statement "........but what the hell is alfalfa?" suggested you had not.

    scpg02 has provided some relevant background material and is to be applauded for that, not castigated.
    As you can see by the times: I asked the question 6 minutes after the post. As I didnt get a reply since then, I did actually google it myself.

    If you see belligerence in my words, maybe you should look at the motive: Why scpg didnt make the effort to reply in his own words instead of making me out to be a blithering idiot because I've never heard of some Indigineous plant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostofMaxwell
    If you see belligerence in my words, maybe you should look at the motive: Why scpg didnt make the effort to reply in his own words instead of making me out to be a blithering idiot because I've never heard of some Indigineous plant.
    scpg most certainly did not make you out to be a blithering idiot.
    You asked a question, scpg provided an in-depth, authoritative answer. If you think ignorance of facts is equivalent be being a blithering idiot you may be pleased to know that it is not.
    I will say, though, that I was surprised by your ignorance, given the importance of alfalfa to global agriculture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    Quote Originally Posted by GhostofMaxwell
    If you see belligerence in my words, maybe you should look at the motive: Why scpg didnt make the effort to reply in his own words instead of making me out to be a blithering idiot because I've never heard of some Indigineous plant.
    scpg most certainly did not make you out to be a blithering idiot.
    You asked a question, scpg provided an in-depth, authoritative answer. If you think ignorance of facts is equivalent be being a blithering idiot you may be pleased to know that it is not.
    I will say, though, that I was surprised by your ignorance, given the importance of alfalfa to global agriculture.
    Edit: I apologize, after further search it seems that this is a major constituent of worldwide animal feed.
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    Thanks Oph. We are all good guys. Drinks are on me.



    I didn't use my own words because I would have said something like, "it's a big agricultural crop". Ooo that's informative.

    I will add this though. Alfalfa is the main crop grown in the Klamath area. That's partly why the water shut off up there was such a big deal. Partly.
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