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for Independent Weekly Vol. 24 Issue 10, March 2007
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Cricket Rakita and Dr. Lee Barnes of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association believe that vegetable diversity is under threat. As large seed companies buy up smaller seed companies and patent the seeds or genetically alter them, fewer varieties are being grown. With fewer varities of vegetables grown, certain types of heritage vegetables are lost along with their history. Rakita and Barnes discuss the importance of saving seeds to protect diversity, especially the heritage of the Southeast.
Many parents of children with autism move to Chapel Hill for the high reputation and performance the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District has. However, the district’s special education program is poor and this is surprising because of the district’s wealth and access to resources. Many parents blame the district for failing to educate their children and preventing parents from advocating on their behalf. School officials contend that many of these parents have unrealistic expectations and want a level of education the public schools are not legally required and cannot provide.