Cracking the code to 'the perfect plant' opens a path to saving the planet

Apr 21, 2008 Full story: seattletimes.nwsource.com
If Jackie Heinricher's Chilean feather bamboo hadn't flowered in her Skagit County garden 10 years ago, we might, this very moment, be snacking on the latest, greatest gourmet craze: crunchy chips made from bamboo shoots. Full Story

“Up and out, or down and out”

Since: Apr 08

Quitman, LA

#1 Apr 21, 2008
I hope she can make a go of the bamboo business and many others follow her lead. Bamboo has many uses and can create many jobs.
wlo Seattle

Jiaxing, China

#2 Apr 21, 2008
I was amazed by the qualities of this remarkable plant as I learned more about it during last five years in China. Not only is it an incredibly strong fibre used in construction and in many thousands of physical uses, it is a tasty morsel used in hundreds of recipes. Its strips make a cool and comfortable mat to sleep on in tropical heat and its fibres are woven into articles of clothing for very comfortable to wear in sweltering heat and smart looking too. The bamboo is a miracle plant and the people in Oregon have a got great thing going! I'm more than curiuos why the west hasn't caught on to the advantages and benefits of bamboo...maybe its a cultural thing/barrier....

“a'Round We Go”

Since: Apr 08

AOL

#3 Apr 21, 2008
Need more bamboo. Build huge bamboo rafts and put topsoil on them, plant bamboo on them and dock them along the ocean. Use roof tops also.
formally abducted

United States

#4 Apr 21, 2008
fantastic article.at first,the head line made me nervous, I thought the d.e.a. found mother's 'herb garden'. are there any folks from longview who would like to comment on the article's statemet 'Imagine underutilized farmland growing 50-70 foot bamboos,she says'we could put those people in longview back to work'.I'm Imagining it now,Illegal farm workers and the border patrol doing swaying atop the bamboo in a bad version of crouching tiger....

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