Did you know that multinational companies are taking farmers to court for ‘stealing’ seeds?
Did you know that multinational companies are engineering ‘sterile seeds’?
On a fundamental level most people tend not to consider that we rely on a fragile base of materials for our food supply. A thin layer of top soil, seeds and water.
We know that the soil is eroding and being poisoned continually by pesticides, chemical fertilisers and herbicides. We know that the water supply is also under serious threat. But what about the seeds? Why worry when plants naturally create their own seeds in order to replenish an ongoing cycle of abundance?
That is the way that it was for 10,000 years. farmers saved their seeds after harvest to sow again the following year. The seeds would evolve gradually over the seasons to handle pests, weather conditions and other threats, so that the most resilient would flourish and those would be stored.
The problem has only come into play in recent history – since a small number of huge companies have recognised the potential profits to be made in controlling the seeds. The way they are going about it is ingenious. It seems an impossible task to control something that is so naturally abundant and readily available. but unbelievably, they are succeeding in many parts of America. The documentary below “The Future of The Global Food Supply at Risk” analyses the issue in depth.
The process towards agri-control has been a slow one. It began in the 20th Century when farming became industrialised. Farmers paid for expensive machinery, which revolutionised their processes, enabling a higher yield of crops with each season. This abundance came with it’s own problems though, as larger fields of single crops were more susceptible to disease and pests could run wild. Multinationals had a solution – pesticides. It was a simple way to discard of the chemicals left after World War 2, and farmers soon became dependant on them to maintain their supply.
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