Seed Corn

It is an age old adage among farmer that one does not eat his seed corn. Should a farmer consume his seed corn his belly may be full for the day or week but eventually the farmer will face starvation or bankruptcy. It is also a common practice or at least it was a common practice of farmers to hold back seed from the current crop for the planting of future crops  ie new seed corn. By now your asking your self what does this have to do with any thing, the simple fact is that allowing corporations to gain control over our seed is the same as eating your seed corn.

Monsanto now controls 90% of the soy bean seed market and having gained a patent for the seed can determine just how many farmers can grow soy beans and what quantity of soy beans can be produced. Under their patent should they so choose they could direct the destruction by the farmer of any quantity of beans they deem over the amount they wish to allocate to a farmer. In essence through the use of GMO companies like Monsanto are gaining control over our food supply. Control over the food supply renders government useless and subjects the country to the complete and total mercy of the corporate elites and even provides them with the power of live and death. Should the corporation disapprove of a group simply deprive them of food.

But Monsanto only controls 90% of the seed supply we could just switch to the other types of seed which Monsanto does not control. Let us think about that for a moment these seeds were modified or engineered to resist the Monsanto herbicide roundup so a crop in an adjacent field not using Monsanto’s seed could be completely destroyed by Monsanto’s herbicide. Through the natural pollination process other verities of seed can and are becoming contaminated with genetically engineered material from Monsanto’s seed. While Monsanto has assured the court that they will not sue farmers over the inheritance of genetic material from their seed at least as long as it remains at 1% or less of the genetic material in the harvested crop but what happens when that material reaches 1.5% or 10% of the genetic material in a harvested crop and the retained seed. Can Monsanto then sue and have the courts direct the destruction of that seed?

The questions raised by allowing Monsanto to paten seed and control not only the use of the crops produced but retention of seed for future crops thus the market, extend far beyond soy beans. We are now discussing GMO salmon with it’s associated patents what happens when this genitally modified material spreads to the wild salmon population? Will we have to pay a royalty to the patent holder for wild caught salmon?

We cannot allow corporations like Monsanto to gain complete control over our food supply, We cannot allow the continued pollution of our water by the chemicals that corporations like Monsanto produce. Food security in this country is at an all time low with millions going without one or more meals a day not by choice but because they simply cannot afford to eat. At a time like this we cannot afford to turn control of our food supply over to companies like Monsanto.