Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them’; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-13
In our modern society where few of us actually grow our own food, we have no framework to understand the importance of plant fertility. In the past, farmers relied on saving seed at the end of the season to be able to plant a successful crop the following year. These were free, save for the labor of collecting them, and they guaranteed the independence of large farming operations as well as sustenance farmers.
Today, many industrial crops (soy, cotton, corn, canola & sugar beets… commercial sugar) are genetically modified to no longer produce seeds or the company that owns the patent on the seed owns the right to the seed. Farmers who save these seeds at the end of the season face law suits and financial damages. Although I do not eat or recommend a diet heavy in soy, corn or refined sugar, these foods are commodities, influencing general food supply, global trade and commodity markets. These GM seeds are controlled by a small number of corporations.
European markets have definitively said, “NO”, to GM foods. In fact, the US is one of the few markets still available for GM products. this follows an understanding that the research given for approval of GM products is poor science at best and that several studies have shown serious health concerns. The consumers demanded the removal of these products from the market. If you want to learn more about the dangers of GM foods and how you can avoid them go to http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/
Setting aside concerns about individual and global economics and the health ramifications of these foods, is plant fertility an inalienable right? Whether you believe in the Biblical account of creation or not, does it make sense to engineer the fertility out of living organisms? More to follow…