“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….
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.
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