If you have a home garden then you want to know about GMO seeds and You. If you don’t have your own home garden you might want to find a small space and start one.
First, Have you ever heard of Terminator Seeds? When we are writing about Terminator technology in this article we are referring to plants that have been genetically engineered to produce sterile seeds. Yes, they commit suicide after one growing season. Think about that for a minute. A farmer plants a thousand acres of corn. After the harvest, he can no longer save seeds for his next crop. He plants soy, same problem, and on and on. Each year he must purchase new seed, from a company that holds the patents on these seeds, at a price they want to charge. But it gets worse, what if the company that owns the seeds decides that they want to control the amount of corn, or soy or whatever so that they can control the price of the end product. They can conveniently be out of seed when the farmer comes to purchase for the next season. They have to power to limit any of these crops as much as they want to. That should worry the hell out of us.
Now I know that you are saying to yourself, the Federal Government wouldn’t allow that to happen. Wrong. Guess Again. Let me give you a list of who holds the patents on Terminator Seeds. Of course you would say Monsanto, and you would be correct, plus Syngenta, DuPont, BASF, and….are you ready, the USDA with their partner Delta & Pine Land. Yap, you read that right, the USDA and Delta & Pine Land are co-owners of three patents on the technology that genetically modifies plants to produce sterile seeds, preventing farmers from re-using harvested seed. So of course the USDA approved the process back in August 2001. Now, in all fairness, they did restrict the sale of these seeds to the general public until after January 2003. Oh darn, that was 10 years ago. Don’t you just love it when your government agencies are working so hard for you. The U.S.Department of Agriculture holds 315 patents in Agricultural Biotechnology according Andrew Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety. I believe that in most cases such patents are probably a good thing for the government to have. I do question this one, where their approval is for the benefit of a company that they are partners with.
Here is a list of some places you might want to shop if you are interested in Non-GE and Organic seeds>
Bountiful Gardens www.bountifulgardens.org
Golden harvest Organics LLC www.ghorganics.com
Organic Seed Alliance www.seedalliance.org
Baker Creek Heriloom Seeds www.rareseeds.com
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply www.groworganic.com
I know that there are those that will read this article and say what the heck, for the small amount of seeds I use, I’ll just buy more next year. In coming articles I will address how sees are being genetically engineered in ways you don’t even want to think about. But here is something you might want to think about. If genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe for us, why are the companies listed above so willing to spend millions upon millions of dollars to avoid labeling products that contain GMO’s?
I believe all people have the fundamental right to unpolluted air, water, soil, and food and that no seed should be patented .
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