Heirloom Sourcing/Monsatan Follow-up

A fellow blogger asked about heirloom/non-GMO seed sources in the UK . So I applied my deft Google-fu to the problem and here are some lists for several countries:

UK:

And now wait a second, this is pissing me off. I clicked on Heirloom Vegetable Seed Catalogs (William Rubel dot Com, whoever he is), and I noticed that Burpee is on that list, a company I KNOW buys seeds from Seminis (Monsanto-owned). So I dug a little deeper. Here’s a post from the owner of Burpee, supposedly debunking the rumor that Burpee is affiliated with Monsanto. Personally, I think that if they buy seeds from a company that is owned by Monsanto, then they are affiliated with Monsanto. But if you want to use them, carry on. Back to the list.

  • WilliamRubel.com (Very comprehensive list of heirloom seed catalogs, despite the Burpee thing. Read each blurb carefully; some are organic-only, not heirloom)

Canada:

South Africa:

This is not an endorsement for any particular seed company or source, just a list for you to start your own research.

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That said, relating to my earlier post, here is some more information about GMOs, specifically Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seed (text copied from their website):

“Developed in 1974, Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides continue to be a perfect fit with the vision of sustainable agriculture and environmental protection. In fact, their use on Roundup Ready® crops has allowed farmers to conserve fuel and decrease the overall amount of agricultural herbicides used.

Roundup Ready® Soybeans were commercialized in 1996, followed by alfalfa, corn, cotton, spring canola, sugarbeets and winter canola, which contain in-plant tolerance to Roundup® agricultural herbicides. This means you can spray Roundup agricultural herbicides in-crop from emergence through flowering for unsurpassed weed control, proven crop safety and maximum yield potential.” [emphasis mine.]

Fantastico!

Except they fail to tell you of ongoing and recent studies showing that weeds and insects that were formally resistant to Roundup are now genetically capable of defeating the seeds’ resistance. In other words, generations of mutated pests and weeds that were formally resistant have developed ways around the Monsanto Über seeds that were supposed to stop them. Nature.Will.Out.

Google the phrase “resistance to Roundup.” Thousands and thousands of research articles, empirical evidence, scientific proof that these seeds are creating genetic monster super weeds and super bugs.

That means that the contractually-obligated farmers, all over the world, who HAVE to buy Monsanto Roundup Ready seed year after year, are seeing their crops wiped out by the very weeds and pests Monsanto promises to protect against. And you know how Monsanto deals with the problem? They tell farmers that farmers screwed up.

These horrors are of course only tangential when compared with the fact that Monsanto has known that glyphosates cause birth defects and cancerous tumors.

Six EU countries have banned GMOs. Peru just did. South Africa already has. WHEN IS THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT GOING TO STOP ACCEPTING HAND-OUTS FROM MONSANTO, BASF and DOW?

Probably not any time soon. Know who’s the “food safety czar” for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration? Michael Taylor, formerly a lobbyist for Monsanto.

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