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February 10, 2012

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Posted by Anais Dervaes

“We have neglected to preserve the diversity of our food. Today, we have more brands of shoes than we have of carrots or broccoli.”  —Jules Dervaes

To wrap up this week, I am choosing a very important subject: The future of food.   With spring just around the corner, seed catalogs will come pouring that will be poured over  with lots of (expected) drooling.   Growing your own food is empowering; but, did you know that by planting a garden, you might just be supporting Monsanto.

Taking Back Our Food Supply

Before agriculture became an industry, every gardener or  farmer was responsible for the availability of seed for next year's crop.  However, a recent merger and marketing tactic has allowed a certain "M"-onopoly to take over the majority of the seed population. Seed-saving is one among many tactics of reclaiming our power (and freedom) to grow our own food, and is  an indispensable step towards s fully sustainable and secure future.

Keeping Monsanto Our of Your Garden via TreeHugger

What some people may not realize is that Monsanto also now owns approximately 40% of the home garden vegetable seed market -- making them the largest seed company in the world.

What Can You Do?

1. Find out if your favorite seed catalog carries Monsanto-owned seeds. If so, they will be able to tell you which varieties they carry, so you can avoid them.

2. Patronize seed and catalog companies that have taken the Safe Seed Pledge that they have tested their stock for GMOs. A list of companies can be found here.

3. Buy, plant, and save seeds from heirloom varieties. Seed Savers Exchange....

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Growing to "Grow More of Your Own Groceries" this year?  We are featuring Seeds Saver Exchange seeds at our Front Porch Farm Stand and online store!  Not to mention we do have a SEEDLINGS on sale, too (Chard, Arugula, Kale, etc.) !

The Front Porch Farm Stand is open SUN - FRI 9 AM - 7 PM.  Closed Saturday.

:: Resources ::

Take time to read our previous blog posts which contain valuable information and resources.

Save Our Seeds

Sending out an SOS

Do You Know Where Your Seeds Come From?

Food Fight


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  1. I will definitely take a look at your seeds this year. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Anais, It was a quite fascinating read about the history of seed production in this country. Large companies like Monsanto might have good intentions when they expand into a new area like vegetable seeds but make no mistake the bottom line is making money not seed preservation. The goal of more money in the coffers may produce different and maybe even better plants but the frog in the slowly heated water syndrome is the control over seed and the slow methodical elimination of seed that will reproduce itself. I don't really know if it's an intentional thing and I would certainly hope not. It's just a dangerous situation in that if some cataclysmic event should happen that would shut down or greatly reduce our transportation system, our hybrid garden seeds would not be able to grow our food. One article I read stated that in the move to self sufficiency, the seed saving skill is actually more important than growing the food. For the first time in my life, I'm going to try to save seeds this year.

    Thanks for always giving us articles that make us think.

  3. Recently an article appeared on Activist Post warning gardeners to pay special attention to the Safe Seed Pledge clause "...we do not *knowingly* buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants." The warning said that some less diligent companies are hiding behind that clause to avoid the more rigorous work of testing their stock and certifying it. (In other words, it could be GMO, but if we don't know for sure, then we don't have to say for sure.)

    Here is a link to the warning, which does name names: http://lists.ibiblio.org/piper.....36369.html

    Since we grow our produce mostly from permaculture rootstock, seeds are not a major issue here, as many permaculture foods are more successfully propagated by division (also called "clones," but not in the mad-scientist meaning of the word). That does entail an adjustment of the palate to trying different (often ethnocentric) foods that are not in the "top 20" commonly sold in grocery stores (think of learning to appreciate bitter broccoli, etc).

    We do, however, take an interest in seeds of unusual crops that may have been sheltered for centuries in the local Amish community, as well as those having been sheltered in other locations such as the Anasazi Bean which was sequestered 1,500 years sealed in pottery in a cave. Such discrimination may seem over the top, but to us it's part of the challenge of taking control of our food future, and we enjoy the difficulty of such a challenge.

    Thank you for bringing up this issue!

  4. You probably already know about the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co but they have the most beautiful catalog. I have been to their MO store but I believe they also have stores in CA and the East coast. Their place is fascinating area here in MO and I have bought many different seeds from them.

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