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" are losing their independence and become "extensions" in the field for the biotech corporations the world over,[9] as IPR clauses in the contracts between them and the farmer forbid the farmer to save and replant their seeds. "

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Amena Andersson (187)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 6:42 pm
This subject is really important to me as a former small farmer and current gardener. When I first heard of the decisions being passed that farmers no longer owned the seeds or animals they bought, just rented them, and that they were not allowed to save seeds as all farmers have always done, I was shocked, dismayed, then scared. I have since discovered organic seeds, which is fine for those who can get them (Seeds of Change, online) and who can afford them, but there are so many who can not. Also, when you read the article you will see what the monster corporations have done to small farmers around the is atrocious. It is also short-sighted, in terms of the future.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 6:59 pm
Thanks so much, Amena.
A great documentary that exposes the thug-like corruption of Monsanto and factory farmers:  Food, Inc.
If this is important -- as it should be -- to other readers, I also encourage them to join the Care2 group, Global Alliance to Ban GMOs!

Amena Andersson (187)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 7:01 pm
Thanks for the links, Carole. Cannot send you a green star yet but I would if I could. :)

H Nick H (1826)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 7:02 pm
Just another part of the republicans and corporations that are taking over our country away from the people of the US. We are now the UNITED CORPORATONS OF AMERICA. If you like this idea and losing your personal rights and freedoms, then keep doing nothing. The repubs are moving on without you, as they seem to do what they please. Once your freedoms are gone, don't cry or be upset when it's too late. Just remember that Hitler did the same thing as everyone sat around doing nothing.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 7:04 pm
Noted , farmers should be able to save seeds !!!!

as s (201)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 7:45 pm
This is BS - my father and grandfather farmed. Saving the seeds that the earth gave them is a economic ritual that has made small farmers a success.
If I plant a rose bush from Walmart - are they going to charge me if I transplant some vines?

FulviaAway M (314)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 8:00 pm
It's terrible! Thank you for posting, Amena!

Debbie Hogan (115)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 8:22 pm
Disturbing...Very disturbing...

Susan L (150)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 8:29 pm
Just another reason to get Corporations out of government and under regulations that are reasonable for independent farmers/public, etc.

Alice C (1797)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 10:32 pm
My grandfather was a farmer and I am as well We must keep the right to plant organic chemical and GMO free fruits, & veggies. I have also planted flowers to attract bees and other benificial insects. Thank you for posting this information ~ shared.

Alice C (1797)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 10:34 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Amena because you have done so within the last week.

Judith K (93)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 1:16 am
Great find,the problem is they are all in bed with each other and therefore it will be quite a battle to keep corporations out of politics.

Bob E (113)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 6:34 am
What kind of people would support big business and fat cats over everything else… What kind of people would support big profits… luxury… and hedonism… over people…. living creatures and the environment… Why… of course… REPUBLICANS….

One day… the fat cats and Republicans…. will lie under shiny tombstones… Their temporary profits will have dwindled down and remain for but a few relatives… Their relatives will live in fancy manicured houses… and go to the best schools… The rest of us will have relatives who live their lives in a brown… lifeless… bland… and vague world… where no one will remember the world as it used to be or what potential was squandered...

Marzia F (31)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 7:02 am
It's shameful! Thanks, Amena. Noted.

JustaHuman Here (53)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 7:06 am
Let's wait till your food finally kills us.

We are waiting anyway....

Vallee R (280)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 7:41 am
Excellent article - the global elite do own all the seed rights now - Monsanto being the largest renting only GMO seeds - over 40,000 farmers in a matter of years committed suicide this decade due to debts to GMO - the globalists are making sure that even if the farmers did keep their own seeds - they wouldn't reproduce again. And farmers can't buy the non GMO seeds - it is one more indication of a global takeover. As I write - the Bilderbergers are meeting in Switzerland to determine the next IMA - the last paragraph of the article is extremely sad but true!

. (1)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 7:47 am
Noted. Thank you Amena.

Sue Fowler (6)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 8:26 am
Noted Thank you

Barbara D (70)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 8:53 am
Interesting that the corpgov is trying to forbid farmers from saving seeds, while Bill Gates et al are building the "Svalbard Global Seed Vault" in Norway "just in case", saving seeds for TPTB!

Joan for Peace (413)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 10:05 am
thanks for sharing this, the passing on of information, taking this time to thank all who participate in the news, from bringing to our attention and to those who read and comment, blessings to all, peace and love

Amena Andersson (187)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 12:55 pm
A little something I just read on "Organic Bytes" e-mag.:

"Society stands on the precipice of forever being bound to transgenic agriculture and transgenic food. Coexistence between transgenic seed and organic seed is impossible because transgenic seed contaminates and eventually overcomes organic seed. History has already shown this, as soon after transgenic seed for canola was introduced, organic canola became virtually extinct as a result of transgenic seed contamination. Organic corn, soybean, cotton, sugar beet and alfalfa now face the same fate, as transgenic seed has been released for each of those crops, too. And transgenic seed is being developed for many other crops, thus putting the future of all food, and indeed all agriculture, at stake."

Found here:

Amena Andersson (187)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 12:58 pm
So, saving seeds will not help once the organic plants are taken over by their evil cousins. The seeds will be corrupted. What do we do then? Bad,,,really bad.

Lisa H (180)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 5:01 pm
Barbara, the interesting thing about the Gates Project is that the Gates Foundation is one of the top three holders of transgenic seed patents! So we need to ask, what kind of seeds is he filling his seed bank with??

Little A (33)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 5:39 pm
Saving seeds is everyone's business, not just of farmers. As consumers we can save our own seeds, we can widespread them and thus fight corporate takeover.

Please look up or start your own exchange group. With foodprices rising (now estimated at 40%rise by 2050 but hey, it's just an estimation), it's the sensible and smart thing to do.
With Roundup ( proven to cause birthdefects, it's the sensible thing to do to take care of whom you can and fight corporate take-overs meanwhile.

Thanks Amena! For fghting the good fight.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 5:51 pm

Great advice, Little A.!


Barbara D (70)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 5:57 pm
Hi, Lisa H! My understanding is that the seeds saved are natural seeds, not GMO. See, for example:

Barbara D (70)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 6:22 pm
Lisa H et al, here's a better source for info on the seed vault:

Amena Andersson (187)
Friday June 10, 2011, 9:05 am
Seeds of Change( ) is another good resource. It is where I get my seeds, currently. But, seeds have a limited lifetime unless kept in some special way (sealed from air, moisture?). We can try to save them and use those we save to keep our gardens, but, I wonder for how long if the manipulated hybrids spread sufficiently. Given time, I assume they will. Let us hope that we have some good seeds, organically grown, non-manipulated, perfectly preserved, or this species may well die out. Oh, do not forget the problem with the bees, another factor.

Jay curnow (196)
Saturday June 11, 2011, 4:34 am
This applies also to the UK (& no doubt many other countries) I am APPALLED by the number of smaller indipendant companies....not only producers....but also retailers.....being priced out of existance by the big business mogals who by becoming major shareholders can dictate not only "what" can be bought....but also "where it can be bought from....making freedom of choice increasingly more difficult....& a boycott of those things which you disapprove of almost the time the average consumer wakes up to this fact...I feel it may well be too late!.....they have it seems yet to realise that global economic growth is surely in direct opposition to global warming isn't it?

Jill V (416)
Sunday June 12, 2011, 8:33 am
That is already happening, I know because the rural people who live far away from shops, grow their own veggies, their pumpkins and beans and the seeds that they use from the veggies that they buy do not grow anymore. I have tried it pumpkin seeds from the pumpkins dont grow have to buy the seed. Which to me is just very unfair...

carlee trent (11)
Monday June 20, 2011, 4:21 pm

Linda E (137)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 2:32 pm
I agree with Debbie that this is very disturbing.

Trequl M (170)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 9:31 am
Noted with thanks.
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