Plants and Climate Change

It's a Jungle Out There

I'm just back from the Amazon and I'll never be the same.

True!

I had the best of intentions of sending dispatches while there, but man was that presumptuous. The phone connection was dodgy enough, and after one storm, we lost electricity for a blissful night and day.

typical Amazon boat

It may look like a toy in a bathtub full of houseplants, but I assure you, this is the true scale of foliage and fact in the Brazilian Amazon. photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR hide caption

itoggle caption photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR

So I've got pictures for the WOW factor and a story I can't wait to tell. It's about an indomitable farmer who experiments with crops people others say can't grow there: fruit trees and palms that must survive under water twice a day. Words can't describe her accomplishments; that's why there's radio! The piece will air on Morning Edition this month.

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This is the job I need, traveling to look at plants! How do I get this job??

Sent by Tiffany | 6:56 PM | 1-30-2008

I listened to the story on npr. How facinating. This woman was so industrious. It really inspired me to do more with my vegatable garden in indiana. I am going to try to experiment with breeding for disease tolerence with bees and veggies here. Thanks

Sent by Laura VanNote | 6:12 AM | 2-6-2008

I loved the photographs of the little pig, the rooster, Rosario's family. It reminds me of my childhood in Mexico spent among banana, avocado and mango trees with chickens running around loose
On a wintry day like today it gets thinking about spring and gardening.
Thank you, Ketzel.

Sent by Chris Maciel | 7:23 PM | 2-22-2008