Monday, October 17, 2011


Native or Heirloom Seeds- Virtually eliminated due to the current buyout of the family farm by large commercial grocers. They are resistant to fungus, disease, plague and many other conditions such as drought.

Hybrid Seeds and Genetically Modified Crops- Genetically Engineered Seeds used regularly in large grocer owned growing mills (The U.S. produces the most internationally). These seeds do have a benefit to world food stock pile by mass producing wheat, corn, and rice at a high rate of production and growth. As significant the benefits are of the larger crops are, the negatives of their introduction into the farming processes just at profound. Hybrid seeds leach the earth of its natural minerals leaving the soil parched and useless, contributing to the need for more chemical fertilizers, overuse the water supply, and have no resistance to disease or drought. Genetically Modified crops have numerous issues; their pollen is known to contaminate other crops and kill or mutate many species. They can transfer genes to nearby weeds and insects making them resistant and “SuperWeeds” and “SuperInsects” resistant to natural and chemical herbicides and pesticides.

SOLUTION- A benefit of locally and seasonally grown food is the increased and returning success of the native seeds. They often use native plants, which saves a valuable resource that is becoming eliminated by hybrid, high producing and corporate farming practices. A native seed grows in your area because it can be supported naturally by your environment; making them highly resistant to environmental issues and the natural cycles of drought without excess water usage.  Native seeds have been sorted by time and trial. The strongest surviving is more than true in this case; drought resistant, disease resistant, plague sturdy. Genetically engineered seeds do resistance; so in the event of any form of disaster, you would at the least need a stock of native seeds to back up the overwhelming loss of crops that are no longer able to grow. If the seeds disappear, never grown or saved, you have a worldwide epidemic. Producing hybrid massive amounts of fast growing grains is not necessary to provide for the earth if we produce on a local front and end subsidizing farming. Currently governments all over the world know the importance of this issue and spend millions of dollars maintaining native seed banks.  Why?  Because this silent problem is a true concern to us all!

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