All packed in used shoe boxes
First seed order shipped out
Multiple ways Monsanto is putting normal seed out of reach
People say if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, just don’t buy their GMO seeds.
Not so simple. Where are farmers supposed to get normal seed these days? How are they supposed to avoid contamination of their fields from GM-crops? How are they supposed to stop Monsanto detectives from trespassing or Monsanto from using helicopters to fly over spying on them?
Dr. Shiva has organized to stand against seed monopolies. According to Dr. Shiva….
(One) Swadeshi…which means the capacity to do your own thing–produce your own food, produce your own goods….”
“(Two) Swaraj–to govern yourself. And we fight on three fronts-–water, food, and seed. JalSwaraj is water independence–water freedom and water sovereignty. Anna Swaraj is food freedom, food sovereignty. And Bija Swaraj is seed freedom and seed sovereignty. Swa means self–that which rises from the self and is very, very much a deep notion of freedom.
This article simply puts together all the reasons we have started Freedom Seeds in the first place. A seed company so aptly named, too! Not to mention its sister site with the same purpose. We can no longer linger in our grandparents’ wartime mentality of gardening for victory over our enemies. It’s a new age, a new time and a new movement. We’re talking about food and seed sovereignty- FREEDOM.
Well, there are a couple other reasons why we started Freedom Seeds. One, that we needed to educate ourselves and purchase pure and sure seeds for our own garden. It came as a shock to me, at least, that not all organic seeds are equal – that even though you by non-gmo, organic seeds Monsanto still owns the seed variety ( they own over 2,500 common vegetable varieties).
While you are enjoying the LHITC or FG, making friends and chatting on the forums, we are trying to figure out how to pay for all the costs the website(s) incur. I also know that many of you would like to see the links and applications work on FG, and we would too – but nothing is free. Someone has to pay.
If there are any profits made from the FS enterprise, everything will go towards improving the FG website, which still needs (lots of) work.
While the requests for the seeds have been tremendous – to date we’ve had nearly 200 list request – we’ve only received two handfuls of orders. Believe me, I am getting a little anxious as I stare at the huge boxes of bulk seeds now stacked in the living room. I try to alleviate my worrying saying perhaps it’s too early and everyone is just waiting for the website which would make it easier to order. Not wanting to dwell too long on the negative, I put my anxiety to work, and hopefully we’ll have the FS website up by mid-February. Until then, I will be trying not to bite my fingernails.
To those of you who did order. We thank you for your support. We are passionate about what we do and like to see others benefit from the work we do here and share on this and our sister site.
Together, we are growing the future.
Oh, and there’s some good news to report. After a long, hot and dry two weeks, we have a cool and cloudy day! Winter – she’s back. Perhaps rain is on the horizon?
That weather update and more in entries to follow.