I would like to share a link to a website that is promoting saving the bio-diversity of seeds. http://www.savingourseeds.org/index.html Now keep in mind you need to be careful about how you go about saving your seeds. There are many regulations and patents out there. In fact one corporation Monsanto, owns over 1,500 patents on food seeds alone. Most of the seed companies out there are in fact owned by really four corporations and they own those seeds and the plants grown from them.
When considering saving seeds from your own garden or crops keep in mind a few important facts:
- Don’t save seeds on a patented strain (most hybrids and thanks to Monsanto, almost every seed…check for patents)
- Personally I don’t grow any genetic modification (GM) plants, I refuse to eat GM seeds! I don’t want their fruits or vegetables and if it is a GM seed, you can bank on the fact that it is also patented. If you save seeds from a patented variety, you can and will be sued for doing so as it is patent infringement.
Plants such as the tomato, you need to cure the seeds to make them viable. The website above helps teach you ways in which to do this, please check them out. If they don’t teach you what you need to know. Hit the internet and do your research, just make sure you read lots of websites because chances of an inaccurate method are high. Most people simply copy and paste articles and chances are, wrong information has been copy and pasted thousands of times.
Many have asked why I do not teach or give the methods behind how to save seeds here on my blog and the answer is simple, because I will get sued! These companies love to make money, and frankly they don’t make enough money from seeds alone so they love to go out and police every home or rural garden. They offer rewards to individuals willing to tattle on their neighbors via “tip lines”, so even in rural areas farmers needing money love to rat out even their own mothers for the money.
Just make sure you aren’t infringing upon any patent laws, preserve the seeds according to the species and always have your crops tested at the end of the season for contamination from any GM seed in your area. Even if you don’t plant a GM seed variety, if your crops are contaminated by the GM variety, you are guilty of patent infringement, hence why it is important to fork out the money each and every year to ensure your crops have not become contaminated. Better you find out and not save them than to have a company like Monsanto show up and sue you for everything you have because you saved your own seed.
Anyhow, know how to properly preserve your seeds. If you are going to store them for more than one season, know how to do so in order to keep the seed viable. Without seed, you can grow no food, without the diversity of all our little gardens, we will suffer from blight when the world turns into monoculture thanks to companies like Monsanto and others that are trying to force you in that direction.
Millions of people died in Ireland due to the potato blight because they grew one variety (known as mono culture), when their potatoes died, so did their people as they had nothing to eat.
I will talk later about the patented gene called “the terminator” gene which is owned by the United States Government as well as the “germinator” gene which requires you to purchase specific chemicals from the producing seed company in order to get your seeds to germinate at all. But right now, I would like to ask those of you using heirlooms, you work diligently to keep them GM (aka contaminate) free and you store them properly so that we may all keep this world from being forced into a monoculture system which will kill us when that crops develops a blight.
So what does GM or patented seed mean? Read this report. http://gmwatch.org/component/content/article/10558-the-worlds-top-ten-seed-companies-who-owns-nature
For the record, many ex high up CEOs from Monsanto now hold high up governmental positions. And for the record, the fact that these “governmental leaders” state they are not in bed with Monsanto (yet accept their cash, vacations, condo’s, cars, homes and more from them). Here is a little tid-bit of reality folks….
At a July 2008 meeting, Monsanto officials announced plans to raise the average price of some of the company’s triple-stack maize varieties a whopping 35 percent. Fred Stokes of the U.S.-based Organization for
Competitive Markets (OCM) describes the implications for farmers: “A $100 price increase is a tremendous drain on rural America. Let’s say a farmer in Iowa who farms 1,000 acres plants one of these expensive corn varieties next year. The gross increased cost is more than $40,000. Yet there’s no scientific basis to justify this price hike. How can we let companies get away with this?”
The U.S. government is currently subsidizing sales of Monsanto’s triple-stack maize seed by offering lower crop insurance premiums to farmers who plant it on non-irrigated land – because the biotech maize reportedly provides lower risk of reduced yields when compared to conventional hybrids. The pilot project is especially specious because the U.S. government relied on data from Monsanto to substantiate the claim.
Once they own they crop, they control not only the price, but the food….when they own both the price and the food, they own the world.