If you haven’t heard about the culture war taking place across the globe about who has rightful ownership over seeds, it’s time to pull your head out of the sand.
Agriculture and seed are the foundation on which our lives depend, but control of agriculture, food supply and commercial seeds has quietly been harvested by six multinational corporations. Seed patents and agricultural policy have gone to the “Big Six”, leading to a massive loss of corn, sugar beet, and other, varieties, and the widespread application of pesticides and insecticides that place organic farming and preservation of heirloom seeds in harm’s way.
Which brings me to the point of this post about the other warriors in this battle. Even though I became an apartment dweller last summer after 8 years of home ownership, I took a new Grow Food pledge this year, so yesterday I ventured out to a farmer’s market in Grants Pass, Oregon and purchased four packets of 10th generation organic lettuce seeds from Dancing Bear Farm. The farmer proudly explained they use open-pollination methods without chemicals, both vital to preserving the integrity of his heirloom seed production. The farm is part of a network of organic and heirloom seed producers that are protecting the consumer’s choice for healthy food.
Let’s recognize the heroes of this culture war…the farmers, home gardeners, and seed banks at the forefront of the local food movement. After all, they’re in the direct line of fire from that aforementioned Big Six, which puts my and your organic food supply at risk.
Got Seeds? If growing organic food is one of your 2013 resolutions, check your local farmers market for seeds to launch your summer garden, then check out a few of my favorite sites for a colorful and GMO-free “local dish” year round!
What’s your favorite source for seeds?