June192013
3PM

Monsanto’s prospects in the United States took a very different turn last month when the US Supreme Court ordered Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman to pay Monsanto over $80,000 for planting its GM soybean seeds. Bowman had purchased the seeds from a grain elevator rather than from Monsanto itself, as their corporate contract requires. The seeds had been saved from an earlier crop.

For as long as humans have been growing food, farmers have saved seeds from their harvest to sow the following year. But Monsanto and other big seed companies have changed the rules of the game. They have successfully argued that they spend millions of dollars developing new crop varieties and that these products should be treated as proprietary inventions with full patent protection. Just as one can’t legally reproduce a CD or DVD, farmers are now prohibited from copying the GM seeds that they purchase from companies like Monsanto, Bayer, Dow and Syngenta.

Life in the Rural Police State of Monsanto
June122013
sarafperalta:

Beautiful produce from @jgborganic arrived at @cafbtx today!

sarafperalta:

Beautiful produce from @jgborganic arrived at @cafbtx today!

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February212013

rootandrock:

vvf:

motherearthnewsmag:

The Most Beautiful Corn in the World

Cherokee rare corn farmer Carl Barnes spent years isolating Native American corn varieties to save a lost heritage, ultimately preserving his glass gem corn seed.

By Greg Schoen

Stunningly beautiful. Look at that pic on the lower right. Pinks, blues, gem-whites, red, orange, balic ambers, PURPLES. I wanna hug it.

One of the real problems for historical and heritage strains like this is that large-scale GMO growth means these lovely plants are often air-pollinated by GMO sweetcorn. An entire year’s worth of seedcrop can be destroyed due to GMO contamination.

(via chauvinistsushi)

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(Source: hudsonmadeny, via tofuboots)

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