About 50 years ago, my high school classmate, Franklin Willard Yates, a professor of botany, told me that botanists traced back the development of corn, sorghum, and sugarcane to a drop in the Earth’s atmosphere of 28 percent oxygen to 20 percent
In Texas, there are the tracks of a man tracking a dinosaur in swampy land later covered in sand that was later turned into stone under the weight of more material that fossilized tracks which were then exposed by erosion. The man’s feet are about two feet long and narrow so the man would be around 10 feet tall and possibly 250-300 pounds.
Would a higher oxygen content make the Earth more disease free? For instance, hydrogen peroxide is disinfectant and ozone is used to treat water in Europe instead of poisonous chlorine. However, if heavy water is used on plants or given to humans, it’ll cause death.
Corn developed in Central Americas, sorghum in North Africa, sugarcane in Southeast Asia, and can do better with 20 percent oxygen than vegetables we eat, which will do better when the oxygen content in which they are grown is raised to 28 percent.
Colchicum was used to cure gout in Egyptian times but too much and the patient died. But soaking seeds or any plant will double its chromosomes. And the pistols of the fall blooming crocus maks saffron that Iranians love to put in their rice.
Wild strawberries of Chile and wild strawberries of Virginia produced tasteless berries. But when grown side by side in a French garden, they crossed the rows to an edible delightfully delicious hybrid.
Luther Burbank was the plant breeder who made new varieties and improved many plants back in the 1900s. What will the future bring? The Genetically Modified Organisms have produced GMC, Genetically Modified Crops, such as corn (both field and sweet), soybeans, canola, cotton, potatoes, peppers, summer squash, papaya, carrots, alfalfa, and sugar beets. The fall of 2017 will see the release of GMO apple trees.
While there has been resistance to GMO foods, the plus side says the modification is claimed to have reduced tons of pesticides which have harmed many beneficial creatures such as earthworms and honey bees. Previous to that was hybridization of western trees and where pollen produced in the fall would be used to pollinate a tree that pollinated in the late spring.
Dr. Yates was particularly interested in the ginkgo tree which is known as a fossil tree that was found in Japan. A valley in Queensland /Australia was found to have many more fossil trees to deal with. If we can keep out of wars and use the money instead for producing better foods, will we see a decline in use of processed foods which are good for a snack? My preference is the salad bar at Pizza Hut. But my wife just loves Auntie Anne’s bagels, pizzas, steak, bacon, ham, and barbecued ribs.
As Sean Connery says: “I like women. Don’t understand them, but I like them."