California Velcro Crop Under Challenge!!!

  
Via:  the-irascible-harry-krishner  •  8 years ago  •  25 comments

California Velcro Crop Under Challenge!!!

[Note: This news item is from 1993, but its now more important than ever...]

Velcro, an engineered crop, consists of two distinct strains: hooks and loops. As any user of Velcro knows, a strip of hooks clings to a strip of loops as the springy hook-shaped fibers latch through tiny but firm loops.

For competitive and industrial confidentiality reasons, of course, the crop is not widely highlighted in crop reports. A little Velcro goes a long way, as both strains are densely packed on their respective mature plants, and the entire crop is dwarfed by other field crops, most notably cotton, Nonetheless, the crop is of high value and can be a substantial profit builder for the successful grower.

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(Related Video: Letterman in Suit of Velcro . February 28, 1984)

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Krishna
link   seeder  Krishna    8 years ago

The Issues

Three issues have conspired to threaten and diminish the crop in California's southern San Joaquin Valley, especially drought-affected Kern County.

  • Dry and windy conditions have caused hook and loop spores to commingle even across widely spaced fields, resulting in tangled Velcro bolls combining both strains and unprocessable by any known means.
  • Invasions of disease and pests have damaged the crop. Specifically (1) the flaccidity virus has resulted in weakened hooks, unable to hold adequately or even to snap through the corresponding loops, and (2) the pest millipedus minisculus, or 'tiny thousand-footed creature', has multiplied in the Velcro fields, frequently becoming so ensnared in the developing loops as to make the crop unharvestable.
  • Drought has both limited water for the westside Velcro fields and exacerbated crop-stunting salinity.
 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
link   Perrie Halpern R.A.    8 years ago

Well, I have no idea what this is going to do to the production of the manssiere. Think of how scary it will be to walk around watching old men with wiggly chests!

The thought is just too upsetting!

 
 
 
Petey Coober
link   Petey Coober    8 years ago

Don't get me started on the GMO velcro crop . Damn you Monsanto !

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
link   Perrie Halpern R.A.    8 years ago

Holy Crap! Monsanto has taken over that crop! First astroturf and now velcro! What can we trust???

 
 
 
Krishna
link   seeder  Krishna    8 years ago

Its hard to find-- but I only buy clothing made with Organic Velcro.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
link   Perrie Halpern R.A.    8 years ago

I've heard of it, but I am not sure where to find it on the east coast. I think I heard it comes from theAlaskanshore area. Some folks are not happy about the pipeline to get it here.

 
 
 
Petey Coober
link   Petey Coober    8 years ago

I can get you some but it is pricey . I worked out a deal with Jimmy Buffet .
He is good about shipping the stuff when he isn't passed out on margaritas ...

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
link   Perrie Halpern R.A.    8 years ago

Buffet is your guy, all right. If you need your fix you better get in touch with him right away.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
link   Perrie Halpern R.A.    8 years ago

Better now, when the market hasn't crashed yet. I hear that there is a lawsuit with Monsanto that will just be the end of the whole business.

 
 
 
Krishna
link   seeder  Krishna    7 years ago

I gotta call my broker, tell him to get me out of velcro futures!

And even beyond that... the 'word on the street" is that the smart money is actually shorting the entire " press to close " sector!

 
 
 
Krishna
link   seeder  Krishna    7 years ago

If the Velcro crop fails, it will effect nt only the economy of the State of California, but also that of the entire nation!

 
 
 
Petey Coober
link   Petey Coober    7 years ago

You jest . But here :
http://thenewstalkers.com/forum/topics/an-issue-that-trancends-politics
is an issue which really does have major economic consequences .

 
 
 
Krishna
link   seeder  Krishna    7 years ago

You jest

True.

 
 
 
Petey Coober
link   Petey Coober    7 years ago

Are you implying that the ongoing vibe on NT is too damn serious and we need some more humor ?

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
link   Larry Hampton    7 years ago

 
 
 
Shel F
link   Shel F    7 years ago

*applauds*

That was the perfect addition, Larry.

: )

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
link   Larry Hampton    7 years ago

*bows profusely*

"No really, it was nothing...no, really thank you, thank you"!

:~)

 
 
 
Krishna
link   seeder  Krishna    7 years ago

I hear that there is a lawsuit with Monsanto that will just be the end of the whole business.

That new GMO Velcro from Monsanto really sucks!

 
 
 
Krishna
link   seeder  Krishna    7 years ago

Excellent!

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
link   Larry Hampton    7 years ago

He, he...

...actually this was an easy one. I've always loved ZZ Top; the band too cool for their own shades!

 
 
 
Krishna
link   seeder  Krishna    6 years ago

I gotta call my broker, tell him to get me out of velcro futures!

Alas-- Velcro has no future! 15.gif

 
 
 
TTGA
link   TTGA    6 years ago

My god Krish. Soon they're going to start killing off those poor little Naugas again, just to make couches. Oh the humanity.

 
 
 
Krishna
link   seeder  Krishna    6 years ago

Soon they're going to start killing off those poor little Naugas again,

And those poor lil' 'ole Naugas have no place to hide!

 
 
 
Krishna
link   seeder  Krishna    6 years ago

Many Americans, especially those living in big cities, have little or no idea how farms actually work-- where our food and clothing come from, how it is actually produced, etc. Hopefully this article will dispel some of the more common misconceptions!

And, btw, kudos to Jim Martin41.gif for posting an article about another little-known but extremely important aspect of American agriculture: The Shredded Wheat Ranches of Ohio.

 
 
 
Kavika
link   Kavika     6 years ago

News Flash....Black market in Velcro grows in Southern California. Film at 11.

 
 
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