Super Seeds, Rent-A-Cow, and Other News Items

A reported on a treatment process that created highly productive "super seeds" and a bank-sponsored rent-a-cow program in Ohio are among the news items covered in this installment of a regular feature.

| May/June 1979

The following news items were drawn from multiple sources. 

Super Seeds

Super-seed may be the result of a new process by which dry seeds are moistened with an appropriate enzyme, and then passed through a series of electrical stimuli (including ion bombardment, infrared exposure, and a high-frequency electrical field). In current tests, soybean, corn, and rice yields have shown a 20% to 30% increase with treated seeds. A portable machine—designed by Dr. Andrew Zaderj, a pioneer of solid-state electronic engineering—can handle several hundred tons of seed an hour.


''Rent-a-Cow'' service is now available from any one of 200 BancOhio Corporation offices. The organization leases herds of Jerseys and Guernseys to farmers who are unable to get loans to buy cattle outright. A cow worth $1,000 rents for about $35 a month on a 36-month plan. At the end of that time, the renter can return the animal or buy it at 10% of its initial price.

Aging Process Stopped

The Soviets claim they've stopped the aging process with a program of 45 consecutive daily injections of a specially prepared human placenta serum, followed by a 45-day period of rest. This alternating pattern can supposedly continue indefinitely, and no other lifestyle changes are necessary. Twelve years of tests with 25 patients—their ages now range from 57 to 101—show that the treatment not only stops the aging process but also restores normal blood pressure, improves blood flow to the brain, returns blood sugar levels to normal, restores sexual functions (even for nonagenarians), improves memory and agility, quickens reflexes, and strengthens eyesight! American scientists admit such a thing is "theoretically attainable". Further U.S.S.R. tests are now being conducted.

Microwave Health Hazard

The potential microwave radiation health threat from such products as microwave ovens, burglar alarms, smoke detectors, garage door openers, food warmers, communication relays, and commercial heaters has been neglected by federal agencies according to a General Accounting Office study. At high levels, this radiation is known to cause cataracts, sterility, and birth defects.

Organic Farm Productivity

Large commercial organic farms (250 of which can be found in the Corn Belt alone) yield about the same net returns per acre as farms that use commercial—and sometimes toxic—chemicals to kill weeds and insects or to fertilize the soil. In fact, it's being recognized by many authorities (but not by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) that quick chemical "fixes" leave fields dangerously prone to pests and erosion. Surprisingly, most produce from America's organic farms ends up in supermarkets, rather than in "health food" stores.

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