I say it because of a startling statement in an AP article I read a few days ago about the grip Monsanto has on agriculture and our food supply. (Sorry, but the URL for it no longer works).
In the article, Neil Harl, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University, is quoted as saying: “We now believe that Monsanto has control over as much as 90 percent of (seed genetics). This level of control is almost unbelievable.”
Monsanto is famous—or infamous—for Roundup ready technology, which supposedly makes it possible to use less herbicides in corn and soybean crops, but Monsanto is using it to get greater leverage and control. They’re raising prices on seeds and crowding out smaller companies. Many say they’re using strong arm tactics.
The greater control Monsanto grabs, the greater the possible impact on everything from animal feed to our bread and cookies. Prices will rise, of course, but who knows about the impact of genetically modified crops?
There may not be much you and I can do, except seek friendlier, organic sources for bread, flour, etc. But one thing we can do for certain is to grow and produce as much of our own vegetables, greens and herbs as possible. As I’ve said before, even if you can’t grow enough to replace what you’d normally buy at the grocery store, anything you do grow to supplement your food supply gives you that much of an edge.
Do what you can to grow with heirloom or non-hybrid seeds, or at least hybrids that haven’t been tampered with genetically. Try a couple seed companies listed in the Prep Mart page on Survival Gardening or in the “Survival Gardening” category on my Links of Interest page. Because none of us knows what the future holds for seed suppliers, get survival seed cans or packages as well.
You may have heard the idea expressed that whoever controls the food supply controls people. Write your Congressman if you think you must, but you’d be far better off using the same paper to write out garden plans or your seed shopping list while there’s still time. Remember, every gardener sees hope in the spring to come.