This is the best 9 minutes you can watch. It was just sent to me and I do think that growing food and heritage and herloom seeds can save this world. All we need to do is start to THINK differently. Everyone knows that this is a subject that is one that everyone needs to become educated on before YOUR right to food is taken from you by the corporations. It is not too late. One step at a time. Love Miriam
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This is a great website that my friend found. With one order you can have enough heirloom seeds to plant an acre of food.
I dont know this company personally but thought I would pass on their information to you.
This is THE most important youtube clip you could watch on seeds of the earth.
It is now time to prepare.
Acres, USA is a great magazine I first became aware of back in the 1980′s. I still have the magazines from then even though I have moved to three different states.
Even though they say that they are “A Voice for Eco-Agriculture” and “Acres U.S.A. is North America’s oldest, largest magazine covering commercial-scale organic and sustainable farming” they do have great articles like about saving seeds and getting heritage seeds.
It was from this magazine that I got the books on alternative medicine also.
Check it out at:
Miriam’s reply: GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing this. It is always nice to have many different areas of information to draw from. Miriam
Miriam’s reply: Excellent !! Thanks love this. Miriam
This article is filled with information about seeds, and the comments at the end of the article on the website are also quite informative. -Chuck
Raids on Seeds (LIFE, itself) … by Monsanto
by Linn Cohen-Cole
MONSANTO’S DESTRUCTION OF SEED CLEANERS AND THE IMMENSE THREAT TO HUMAN ACCESS TO SEEDS
I have been reporting on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s raids on Mennonite dairy farmers, on the recent Ohio Department of Agriculture SWAT team raid on an organic coop, on the USDA’s terrible weapon against all farmers with animals (NAIS – the National Animal Identification System) – trying to give an idea of the destructive forces being used intentionally against non-corporate farming.
But unless one sees what is happening to seeds themselves, one misses the scope of things.
Life itself depends on seeds.
Multinational biotech corporations such as Monsanto have been genetically engineering them, promoting GE-seeds as producing better yields, helping the starving of the world, using less pesticides and as a boon to small farmers.
Independent studies already show crop failures
and a link between GE-crops and organ damage and various
and it’s clear they are designed to require petroleum-based pesticides and the use of pesticides has gone up with their use.
But even if the GE-seeds were wonderful and all that was promised, the real problem with them are the patents they come with. The biotech companies are monopolizing seeds themselves, actually privatizing the DNA of life. They sell the GE-seeds at many times the price of normal seeds. In India, where Bt-cotton farmers have been committing suicide in huge numbers because of debt, Monsanto sells Bt-cotton seed at 1000% higher than normal seeds. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1082559/The-GM-genocide-Thousands-Indian-farmers-committing-suicide-using-genetically-modified-crops.html.
And the seeds come with a contract that must be signed, preventing farmers from collecting seeds off their own land at the end of the season – an historic rupture of humankind’s free access to natural growth. For it is important to notice that the biotech multinationals are not just claiming a patent on their process of altering the seeds but claim to own growth itself.
As astounding a move as that is on human resources of survival, they are doing more. They are removing actively and aggressively and thoroughly removing access to normal “open pollinated” seeds, the ones we have known since the beginning of time, that farmers have collected and saved and shared among each other.
In the Midwest, where Monsanto sells GE-corn and GE-soy and now owns most of it, it also bought up the “normal seed” companies so farmers no longer have places to go for normal corn or soy. And though GE-corn cross pollinates over miles and miles with normal corn so maintaining organic corn is nearly impossible now, if its GE-crop is found on a farmer’s land, Monsanto sues. It’s a rare farmer who can stand up them, even if the farmer has done nothing wrong.
Having bought up the normal seed companies, having locked farmers in the Midwest (only an example, it is true worldwide) into patent contracts that remove their right to collect seeds anymore, having set loose a biotechnology that contaminates normal seeds of farmers who do not buy into the patented seeds, having made plain it will sue if even a volunteer plant comes up, Monsanto is now working to eliminate the last man standing between humans and corporate privatized seeds – the seed cleaner.
The farmers has had three choices – to buy normal seed (now almost gone), to buy GE-seeds at huge cost (and going
or to collect their own seeds and use them the next season. If a farmer has even 10 acres, collecting and cleaning those seeds is a huge task. If he has 1000, it would be an impossible task without the seed cleaner whose equipment can separate out seed in just a few hours and whose costs are 1/3 that of buying normal seed.
Thus, the move to eliminate seed cleaners.
The seed cleaner is the man who makes sustainable agriculture possible.
So, Monsanto is picking off seed cleaners now across the Midwest, in Missouri,
and now in Illinois where they are going after Steve Hixon.
Shortly after someone broke into Mr. Hixon’s office and he found his account book on his truck seat where he would never have left it, evey one of his remotely located and very scattered customers had three men (described as goons with “no necks”) arrived at each farm, going out onto it without permission, and serving close to 200 farmers. Mr. Hixon and state police who were called in, believe a GPS tracking device may have been put on Mr. Hixon’s equipment. All of his customers being sued and are being intensely pressured to settle, with the men coming back again and again and with daily calls and letters. It appears they are being a choice between being sued or settling out of court or testifying against him that he encouraged them to clean GE-seeds.
Monsanto has made a fortune on those kinds of Mafia extortion settlements since no one has the money to stand up to them and paying them off some huge amount even if the farmer has done nothing, saves them from legal costs they can’t possibly manage and then a potentially worse fate as one little local lawyer goes up against not one but multiple legal teams working for Monsanto and present in court.
The first words out of the judge’s mouth when Moe Parr, a seed cleaner in Indiana was sued, were “It’s a honor to have a fine company like Monsanto in my courtroom.”
In addition to the personal attacks on seed cleaners, Monsanto is getting laws put into place that themselves are overwhelming and destructive of seed cleaners and all those who save normal seeds.
If Monsanto can eliminate seed cleaners, they would have accomplished a TOTAL monopoly in the Midwest, the bread basket of the world, and they would control world food, feed and now bio-fuel prices at will. They would, as well, have broken the fragile dam that seed cleaners and seed bankers now provide against the insanely-fast and just plain insane on-coming tide genetic engineering.
And Monsanto is working closely with the FDA in redefining seeds as a potential health hazard, subject to bioterrorism, and under that rubric to create rules for importation (controlling access)
Interim final rules on Prior Notice of Importation
rules for registering acceptable facilities (setting up corporate standards for the storage seeds, threatening small farmers)
* Interim final rules on Registration of Food Facilities
rules for talking police control of the seeds (allowing for raids on farmers)
* Final rules on Administrative Detention
and rules for a level of record keeping almost impossible for small farmers and ordinary people to achieve.
* Upcoming final rule on Establishment and Maintenance of Records.
“These new rules will allow FDA to better identify potentially dangerous foods, as well as respond more quickly to new threats and to handle foodborne illness outbreaks more efficiently.”
Using the Bioterrorism Act and the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), the FDA now has a focus on seeds which includes
* Prevention (federal and state surveillance sampling programs to monitor the food supply)
* Preparedness (strengthen laboratory capacity and capabilities)
* Response (surge capacity to handle terrorist attacks or a national emergency involving the food supply), and
* Recovery (support recalls, seizures, and disposal of contaminated food or feed to restore confidence in the food supply).
For those of you painfully familiar with what is happening to real milk dairy farmers and the government use of false “contamination” reports to raid farms, steal products ad equipment and terrorize and destroy farmers, it will be important to see how “bioterrorism” has now moved control over normal food even more tightly into the hands of government/corporate agencies, giving them national reach, crushing regulations for farmers, immense policing power over food, and the use of an emergency to be able to seize and destroy anything they choose.
At the level of seeds, it is important note that Monsanto is promoting every part of this.
The laboratories that FERN uses represent the FDA, FSIS, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, the Agricultural Marketing Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Agency. Other federal members of the FERN include the Agricultural Research Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security, the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).
The FDA talks about “a safety net” for human health but it is one defined by corporation and one that is closing on small farmers’ existence.
And even the FDA’s basic food safety is being “set” in a way aimed to destroy seed cleaners and (if you will notice in the short list below) organic farming itself.
FDA’s guidance on good agricultural practices (GAPs) can be found in the
FDA Guide to Minimize Microbial Hazards for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
where the key sources of contamination in seed production include:
* Agricultural water sources
* Use of manure as fertilizer
* Harvesting, transportation, and seed-cleaning equipment
* Seed storage facilities
Please note the FDA does not include Monsanto’s petroleum-based fertlizers or pesticides, or GE-labs, as potential sources of contamination.
In addition to buying on seed companies, suing farmers, eliminating seed cleaners, putting laws against seed cleaning and saving into place, influencing the FDA and Homeland Security regulations on seeds that set farmers up to lose theirs in “food safety” or “bioterrorism” raids, a law in Canada pushed by the FDA, USDA and the WTO (all heavily involved with Monsanto) would criminalize all natural substances. Thought it initially seems to be “only” an attack by the pharmaceutical industry on all natural health substances, it would include seeds and seed banking. And it would become law in the US – and without any ability to vote against it – if the North American Union is passed.
We need to understand that the effort to defend Steve Hixon, a seed cleaner, is an effort to defend the right of all of us and of our farmers worldwide to OPEN access to normal seeds. We must protect those who collect and clean them and we must roll back the massive corporate efforts to utterly control them – by criminalizing any aspect of owning, growing, collecting, storing and re-using of them.
Seeds are life and survival itself and our human right to access to them is being taken over. That is why people are coming together now to help defend Steve Hixon, a seed cleaner.
For those interested in joining FarmOn, a list aimed at providing funds to support the legal teams gathering to help Hixon, go to email@example.com and request to sign on.
I’m a mother and grandmother. There is no way I can leave my family or anyone else’s children, things as they are now.
Some folks may not have much space to grow food or much experience with it, but there are many veggies that will grow in containers.
I came across two products that make the gardening effort easier, if one has the money to buy the gear. Check out http://www.earthbox.com/ or, for a less expensive version, http://www.agardenpatch.com/ to see these garden kits, which will work well on an apartment balcony, rooftop, or your backyard, so long as there is enough light.
I have no connection to these folks but had a dream last night about seeing one of these boxes, and I went surfing on the internet and found these, with good testimonials to back up their usefulness.
Hello to all of you from around the world.
There are so many of you here from Australia so a special hello to you.
I have been working in my garden…..as much as I can…. and having fun out playing in the soil and talking to the plants.
Now that my bush beans are growing and are about 6 inches high I have planted my second planing of beans. Doing this gives me fresh green beans until October! I also do this with peas as well.
My corn has popped out of the earth and I was out there today weeding around all the beautiful plants.
It is so amazing to be a part of the creation process of a garden.
Here is something rather interesting. Now that the price of gasoline has gone through the roof many of the people that have been watching my plant my garden are looking at it with more thought. Comments about how they will come to my house to grocery shop has become common. It makes me think I may have someone raid my garden!
The thoughts and ideas that are running through the minds of so many people today and STILL they don’t take the time to plant something. This is what is disturbing to me. These people COULD plant but they simply don’t want to…because they are spoiled and lazy!
I keep talking to everyone who will listen to my banter about buying seeds NOW. So many people simply have no idea as to the truth of what is happening around them it is frightening. I think to myself……what will all these people do when the price of food rises to the point where they cant afford basic food supplies? I know that those who are the spoiled and lazy today will be the first ones to be affected. They will simply not know what to do.
I had one person whom I know very well tell me that they did not care about what may happen. They would simply starve if that is what it came down to. I think not! They will be the first one to beg for help and they will STILL not want to work for what they need. They will then do anything they have to in order to survive. It is this type of person who become the most trouble in times of hardship.
Please….plant your garden, buy your seeds, build your knowledge. The Tall Blonds are warning us to change the path of our lives. Is it too late? I think not…..yes I stress to you…
NOW IS THE TIME
Get involved and help educate those around you. Share what you have learned with anyone who will listen. You don’t have to tell them all about the aliens…….tell them what you SEE……..and know to be happening.
Alex Jones: Endgame…..look it up. Zeitgeist The Movie…….look it up. Two very informative videos.
Be aware….. of who you are and your surroundings…… Remember Who YOU Are…….
We can make a difference.
This past week I have been outside trying hard to get some prep work done so that I could plant my garden. I still have to hire help or else I would not be able to plant a garden at all considering my neck still is in recovery. I tell everyone that I pray every day that that the next day when I awake I will be healed. One day……
So, this year my mother bought some top soil to put into the garden. It needed some nutrients to help the soil as it has been years since she added anything. I a really looking forward to seeing how it impacts the vegetables.
In the front of our home I made a new flower bed and in it I planted flowers at the back of the bed and the rest….vegetables. Lettuce, kale, parsley, swiss chard and more. All I will have to do is walk outside, take two steps and poof….. I have everything I need to make a salad. Also it will give people something to think about as they drive by. FOOD and gardens do not need to be massive. Plant in small spaces and you still help the worlds food supply.
Below is a picture of PART of the garden. To the left there is more space that is ready for planting. I also made a bed for strawberries this year…with help of course. The boxes are to make some raised beds with the new soil I had delivered to top up the garden. My root vegetables keep having so many worms they wont grow. With the new soil in the raised beds from cardboard boxes they should grow very nicely. The cardboard boxes have twine around them several times so that they stay together. Then at the end of the year you cut the twine, release the soil and the cardboard becomes compost!
The other things you see behind the boxes are what I made out of old wood for my tomatoes. I have the plants under them and cover with plastic. Poor mans greenhouse. It worked very well last year! Also a tip for anyone out there who does not have a greenhouse; cut the top off big clear plastic bottles, then punch holes in the bottle use these to cover a plant to give it a greenhouse effect. When the plant is bigger take it off. By then it will be hotter summer times anyway and the plant loves it!
I would strongly recommend you check out this link and read it. Loads of information about the world seed banks and what is really going on in the world.
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Ship Rock, New Mexico
My father left this world today at 12:40am April 17th, 2013.