The Answer is in the Seeds

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The Answer is in the Seeds

Postby Shadowgirlau » Wed May 06, 2015 10:31 am

If you haven't read the article – The Answer is in the Seed then here it is, reproduced for you.

It is from Gene Ethics who are working for a GE-free future (something I personally don't believe will be the case in my generation anyway). Their web address is www.genethics.org

The following article was written on the 25th November 2013 by Bob Phelps

The Answer is in the Seeds

A small cartel of agrochemical and seed companies now owns much of the world's seed supply. They send seed and food where they are most profitable, not where they are most needed. So the work of independent heirloom and open-pollinated seed producers and seed savers is critical to food sovereignty and security for our children and grandchildren.
Monsanto is now the biggest agrochemical and seed company in the world. It owns 27% of all commercial grain, fruit and vegetable seed and over 90% of all the genetically manipulated (GM) varieties of soybean, corn, canola, cotton and sugarbeet. Other seed giants are Dupont, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow. https://www.msu.edu/~howardp/seedindustry.html

Through cross-licensing agreements for GM herbicide tolerance, Bt insect toxin and virus resistance traits, these companies concentrate their collective ownership and control, and promote their patented, PVR and hybridized products. Farmers and gardeners are forced back to seed merchants every season to pay grossly inflated prices.

As oil and phosphates deplete over the next 50 years, arable land and water become scarcer, and the climate changes, broad-acre industrial food production will become non-viable. A transition to agro-ecological systems is essential and the sooner we start, the better. United Nations' models for necessary change include the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) http://tinyurl.com/nqlhqg3 and the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013, "Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing climate" http://tinyurl.com/kly4c3r

Seed is the genesis of all life on Earth and the bedrock of our food supply, developed for us by farmers and seed savers over the past 10,000 years. Half the world's food is still produced by peasant farmers on small plots of land. The corporate hijacking of our publicly-owned and shared biological commons is not yet complete. Thanks to small seed producers and seed savers for nurturing a rich diversity of cultivated plant varieties for all to share.

Well a very small article really and it saddens me that we never seem to learn anything from history and although we can not only see that our actions are affecting the equilibrium of our world we are too arrogant to stop and take heed of it instead we seem hell bent on proceeding regardless. Thank goodness for all of us who inspite of our dim lights continue to shine the way for all those others who in their 'ignorance' (for that is surely what we are perceived to be by those big agrochemical seed companies are) continue to save seed and garden using the 'natural' organic ways.
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

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