May 12, 2015, Prescott- I planted seeds of confidence in a young girl’s mind, this morning, and she guided the lot of us to revisiting a small detail, which made all the difference in a key part of the lesson. This evening, the concept of seed banks and libraries was shared with thirty of us, who were gathered at a Slow Food chapter meeting.
I am into the sowing of seeds- of vegetables, fruit, grasses and ideas. Sowing friendship seeds is the best such activity, and I am getting better at that. The physical seeds will most likely wait until next Spring, but I will check the planting calendar, and see if an early July planting will work for this mountain climate. The seeds of amity can be planted anytime, and are well worth watering. The seeds of ideas must be planted, and watered daily.
A gentleman at tonight’s meeting offered the opinion that individual seed banks are critical to preventing a USDA/Monsanto joint takeover of our food supply. While the Feds are big on Genetically-Modified anything, I don’t see that ending well, for anyone. Any given individual has a hundred places to hide seeds, and after all, the “success rate” of the war on drugs is not exactly earthshaking. We who seek to grow our own food will be just fine.
This brings me to the bad seeds: Suspicion, closed-mindedness and power-craving. The first grows out of, and feeds, the second. Both are a natural reaction to the the third. The more those in authority overreach, even with the best of ill-informed intentions, the more those on the ground will push back, overreact and invite more overreach. See the tiger, the dog, the snake chasing their tails?
Monsanto is responding to a reasonable request from the State of Vermont, to label Genetically Modified Organisms in foods sold there, by dispatching an army of attorneys, to sue, appeal and obfuscate- thus wasting millions of dollars and months of man-hours, while complaining about the cost of such labeling. Then, there is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade Trojan horse, by which the President, and at least two of his predecessors, hope to use to force the GMO-free nations of east Asia to buckle under and get with the Monsanto program. Go figure.
I am not against science. The research ought to go on, move beyond monocultures and poisoning of the soil and water, and get over the idea that revenue, the building of fortunes, alone, should be the be-all and end-all of the accumulated knowledge. We ought not eat what we can’t digest, no matter whose children are being put through college, with the generated profit.
I digress. The seeds of knowledge, as well as those of sustenance, belong to all mankind.