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posted by takyon on Saturday July 30 2016, @07:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the frozen-wasteland dept.

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Canada Banana Farms, located 200 kilometres west of Toronto in Blyth, Ont., is cultivating fruit such as papayas, pineapples, lemons, guavas, and – of course – bananas. You'd think that you'd need an advanced degree in horticulture or botany to grow fruits like these in frigid Canada, but Terry Brake's method is easy – and cheap.

[...] "We grow them in hoop houses," Brake told CTV News Channel on Friday. "And we heat it with wood all winter long." The hoop houses – essentially long sheets of polyethylene stretched over a frame – have effectively created the jungle-like conditions these fruits need to flourish. "It just feels like you're in the tropics," Brake says of his DIY greenhouses. "It's very humid in there: about 85 to 90 per cent humidity in the winter."


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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday July 30 2016, @02:03PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday July 30 2016, @02:03PM (#381953) Homepage Journal

    You are aware that forest fires are natural, right? There have been forest fires for as long as there have been forests. Which, kinda predates man and his primitive fires. And, before that, there were pairie fires, grass fires, bush and shrub fires. In fact, at least one tree has evolved so that it's seeds are unable to germinate unless and until they have been exposed to a fire. []

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:36PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:36PM (#381985)

    So you're saying that Smokey the Bear is an anti-environmentalist?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @07:11PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @07:11PM (#382023)

    I'm pretty sure they're talking about agricultural/industrial use, which has some different considerations from the forest fires you're talking about. Wood burns in forest fires, and forest fires are good. That doesn't mean that burning wood is always good (or optimal). Try not to jerk that anti-SJW knee so quickly.