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Share seed

There are forces at large in the world that want to patent seed.

That’s right, companies who believe they can take seed and own it. They want to prevent people from saving their own seed.

This means that if your plants create seed you are not supposed to keep it or give it away to be replanted but you are only supposed to buy more.

This has many negative implications but one of the key problems is that this will lead to a narrowing in diversity of seed types.

The seeds that are for sale have to be rigorously tested and produced in a scientific way. This is costly. Seed manufacturers cannot necessarily afford to test and trial broad ranges of seeds unless they are profitable. Small companies are finding the process more and more expensive.

So the types of each seed that are most widely available can be quite narrow.

Free seed, seed swapping and seed sharing have always enabled small growers to keep growing. And the type if seed can be diverse and create new varieties.


So what’s a girl to do?

When the parsnips got left in the ground too long!


Looks like I’ll be giving them away.

Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone!


9 comments on “Share seed

  1. Agents of Field
    January 22, 2015

    Fight the system! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

  2. BerLinda
    January 22, 2015

    I think the secret might be out πŸ˜‰

    Liked by 1 person

  3. tootlepedal
    January 22, 2015

    Keep sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. John Coleman
    January 23, 2015

    The United States Supreme Court sided with Monsanto on the matter of seed “copyright.” Distressing and punishing for farmers. Monsanto’s herd of lawyers will crush objectors. Ugh. I imagine you’ve heard about all this already. I first learned of the seed debate watching the documentary “Food, Inc.” Peace, John

    Liked by 2 people

  5. jpeggytaylor
    January 23, 2015

    The seed saving issue is huge in worldwide farming terms. Commodifying the seeds to grow food is one of the symptoms of greed in our very unequal human society. Seed-saving, as you say, has so many benefits. Looks like you’re going to have more parsnips this year πŸ˜‰


  6. gaiainaction
    January 25, 2015

    It is a serious worry if this is how it is going to be in the future. Seeds must belong to everyone, there cannot be a patent on seeds. It will/would cause serious problems for farmers especially in developing countries.
    I enjoy your blog, thank you and thanks for visiting mine too. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

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