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Garden Update Week 6: An Important Interlude: Seeds!

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I think that we can wait a week for planting, as the winter storms have hit anyway. Most of my time will be spent shoveling snow over the next couple of days anyway. Today’s post will focus on something I feel strongly about, and that most people aren’t aware of. The importance of seeds.

Every person should buy heirloom organic seeds if they don’t want to support a corporation that pushes a GMO agenda.

I have a bit of bad news: Simply buying a cheap packet of seeds, or a seedling from the nursery lot can have the gardener unknowingly voting in favor of that corporation.

The good news is that anyone can save heirloom varieties by seed cataloguing, buying heirloom varieties, and saving their own seeds.

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I will admit that I had no idea how important this was until I started researching seed catalogues. Yes, I am a chef that is deeply concerned about GMO products and corporations lobbying governments to regulate what food I am allowed to eat. I am concerned with nutritionists/scientists f#*king with my food. Never once did I consider that by purchasing a packet of seeds, or that seedling, that I was indirectly funding those same companies and people.

I found out that I had no idea that our food system is being slowly eroded by corporate interest. Perhaps it may even become illegal to do what my Grandfather used to do – save his own seeds. I know that sounds like tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theory – but if a corporation can patent a seed and go after an organic farmer for “patent infringement,” then it’s not too far down the rabbit hole to see that happening to the public at large.

How Do We Solve This Problem?:

Corporations aren’t evil – only people are. Corporations are made up of people, but as an entity, they are not human. The sole reason they exist is to make money for their stockholders. I believe that right there is the key to solving the problem of GMO products in our gardens.

Corporations are all about the bottom line, and when something doesn’t remain profitable, then it is usually dumped. In the case of seeds for our garden, a vote for a mega corporation is by buying the seeds from a company that it owns, or supplies seeds to. If the demand for those seeds goes away, the product becomes a liability, and the corporation must explore other avenues for profit building.

This is why it is important to buy heirloom, organic, or from a seed purveyor you can trust. If you are unsure about whether the supplier is aligned with a corporation that you don’t trust, the best way to find out is by researching online before you buy the seeds, or the seedlings. Ask your nursery if you are unsure about what seeds were used. (In the above picture, McKenzie seeds are NOT affiliated with a GMO corporation. In fact, they are owned by the Jiffy Corporation.)

Save your seeds for next year and plant your own. Our grandparents did it, so can we. It may become impossible to do so if the seeds are genetically modified to not sow to seed, as with some GMO products. Worse, you might be breaking the law in some cases in the future by doing so, if the past has any prediction in the future.

Conclusion

No one can tell us what we can and can’t grow – unless they have a patent on the seeds. We ultimately have the power to decide by voting with our dollars. If we chose not to purchase our seeds, (or plants,) from a company that patents life, then we are speaking to the only thing that the corporations are set up to understand; our almighty dollars. The best way to do this is by doing our research before we buy, and by saving our seeds.

Your Turn

How are you going to buy your seeds or seedlings this year? Are you interested in an article about resources for that? Let me know in the comments!

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  • http://gastronomicalsovereignty.blogspot.com Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty

    an alternative way to get your seeds is through a swap! that way those with little or no money can trade for much needed crops. Plus, saving seeds from year to year helps us keep seeds and food where they belong – in the paws of the people.

  • http://welldonechef.com Jason Sandeman

    @Kristy Lynn – I never thought of that. What an awesome idea. I must look into this, as it will be right on with what I am all about! Food bloggers and gardeners unite!

  • Pascal Jean