Sterile Seeds Are Replacing Heirloom Seeds

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Heirloom seeds have become an endangered species because sterile seed are replacing heirloom seeds.

Not long ago, people had seeds from one planting season to the next. It was nature’s gift to man. Seeds came from grown food to grow food for the next year. Now it is different. GMO seeds are sterile. No new seeds come from their crops. Farmers become dependent upon corporations such as Monsanto to supply them with expensive seeds every year.

There is also grave concern about the foods that result from GMO seeds and the potential manmade monster meals they create. Nature used to provide abundantly, naturally and healthfully. In trying to outsmart Mother Nature, ‘Man-santo’ and other corporate giants may very well outsmart himself.

Daily, new incidences of the horrors of GMO plants and foods surface. The epidemic of Indian suicides is probably the most distressing. Farmers in India are being convinced that Monsanto’s GMO cotton will deliver greater yield. Thus they will gain greater profits. The opposite is happening.

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‘Bitter Seeds’ film exposes epidemic of Indian farmer suicides. Photo credit: AP/Anupam Nath

Farmers are going into debt to buy sterile GMO seeds. They do not regenerate from year to year. They require a great deal of water which is often unavailable. In addition, certain pesticides become essential. They are costly. The small business farmer can not afford either the GMO seeds nor the pesticides. Debt results. Because debt is not passed on to the family upon a death, the farmer decides that suicide is his only option.

Fields of wheat in Oregon were supposed to be GMO free. They were found to contain it when the wheat refused to die when Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp did not kill the wheat. It resisted it. The Zombie GMO wheat has resulted in Japan and Korea canceling orders of soft white wheat for fear of GMO contamination.This is economically disastrous for US farmers. Where again is the benefit from using GMO seed rather than heirloom seeds?

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Monsanto baffled by reappearance of GMO ‘zombie wheat’ in Oregon. Photo Credit:

Despite these examples of potential world economic disaster, big agribusiness companies like Monsanto continue to produce GMO seeds. Major corporations are producing them, congratulating themselves for it and the government is going along for the ride.
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The World Food Prize, Brought to You by Monsanto. Photo Credit: bioraven/Shutterstock, ADM, John Deere, Cargill, Monsanto

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