The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
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!
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...