Review of the documentary “The World According to Monsanto: From dioxin to genetically modified crops. A multinational with your best interests at heart.” A film by Marie-Monique Robin.
This film is a hard hitting look at Monsanto’s history and origins in the chemical industry through its transformation into a biotech agricultural company and, particularly relevant for this website, its efforts to stamp out traditional seeds and replace them with patented genetically engineered seeds. It is a must see for anybody concerned about preserving our seed heritage and for anybody concerned about the general issue of food security.
Posted in Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, Food Security, Greenpeace
Tagged Ban GM crops, Biotech Companies, Food Secure, Food Security, GMO, Greenpeace, Marie-Monique Robin, Monsanto, Roundup Ready
Genetically Engineered Flu
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I’ve have been following the Swine flu story since April and I am writing this because I am horrified by what I have been observing.
Many longtime customers of Salt Spring Seeds might know that I have been opposed to genetically modified foods and seeds since their introduction in the early 90s. The truth about GMO foods is now clear even though corporations like Monsanto continue to genetically alter our food: the only ones to benefit are the ones who make the altered food and the chemicals needed to grow it.
To me there is an obvious connection between genetically modified crops and swine flu. I have no doubt that this virus was in fact genetically engineered. The “authorities” say that the virus came from a mutation that somehow combined human, bird and pig genes. I don’t believe that can just happen by itself any more than flounder genes can end up in tomatoes or Round-Up Ready genes can end up in soybeans or bacillus thuringiensis genes can end up in corn. No, this flu was created in the lab.
The following seed companies and nurseries sell heirloom and rare or endangered varieties of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs. In some catalogues, the heirloom varieties are noted as such, but in others they are not, so you have to know what you are looking for.
This is a short list of great articles on how to grow just about any vegetable. The information is complements of each farm and grower. Please take time to look at their websites and plan to buy local Non-GE/GMO seeds for 2010.
West Coast Seeds: large inventory and great explanations on vegetables and herbs.
Two Wings Farm Planting instructions for the organic seeds they sell.
Salt Spring Sees This site is just a goldmine for information on growing and everything else!
Full Circle Seeds Instructions for the seeds they sell.
GE Free Gardening
no GE (genetically engineered), no GMO (genetically modified) seeds
At GE Free BC, we want safe, healthy food that is not genetically engineered. Inserting foreign genes into a food is an imprecise process that damages the DNA, with unpredictable results. It affects the nutritional content, can cause allergies, and antibiotic genes can survive in the human digestive system. Containment of GE crops from other crops in the field is impossible. Pollen from GE plants can cross with non-GE cultivated & wild plants. You can get more info from the GE Free BC newsletter, and get involved, by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 100 seed companies have signed the Safe Seed Pledge that they will not buy or sell genetically engineered seeds.
The Safe Seed Pledge
“Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.
The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.”
|Seed sellers in B.C. who have signed the Safe Seed Pledge:
||Seeds of Victoria
|Fraser’s Thimble Farms
||Terra Viva Organics
|Grass Root Seeds
||West Coast Seeds
|Salt Spring Seeds
|Others – and some outside B.C.- who sell GE-free seeds:
|Van Dusen Seed Collectors
|Planting Seeds Project
|Thompson and Morgan
Interesting Seeds to Plant in 2007: