They've since rebuilt it (elementary school was a long time ago for me, after all). The new design is also meant to be inclusive, you can see a mock-up here: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/croppedphotos/2016/09/14/120-85348-2D0000_copy_JS_RyanGrayHillcrest_08312015-lead_t640.jpg?a6ea3ebd4438a44b86d2e9c39ecf7613005fe067
While introducing biofortified seed seems promising, I'm curious about a few things. Will farmers be able to regrow from their own gathered seeds at the end of the season, or will they have to buy seeds from HarvestPlus every year? What are the potential adverse effects to the local ecosystem from introducing these seeds?
This is an encouraging idea, but I would like to know more about the technology that you would be utilizing and how it can help to combat the environmental devastation that occurs due to gold mining. Will Mercury still be used? I live in Peru, where one of the world's largest (THE world's largest, perhaps) illegal gold mining operations is quickly destroying vast swaths of the Amazon jungle. The devastation due to Mercury contamination and excessive mining is fast becoming a hot-button issue in the world of environmental protection, but I haven't seen many resolutions to the problem that I think are feasible or particularly sustainable.
The government here in Peru has had no success in shutting down these massive operations due to the fact that there is a seemingly endless line of people willing to put themselves in harms way by exposing themselves to the dangerous chemicals and work conditions in order to make some money to support their families. Furthermore, the local mafia has a stranglehold on the gold production and are powerful adversaries to any government attempt to clear out the miners. How does the situation in the DRC compare? What, if any, hurdles will the miners utilizing the new technologies and forming independent groups face? Is there a potential for local backlash?