Save Our Seeds

Our wonderful weekend finished with a fun morning and brunch out at the Ramsgate Brasserie.  Thank you to Harvey for these photos of our morning together:

The Mummys 2

L,E and C leaving Ramsgate marina in the Brasserie 2 in the Brasserie

Today’s blog has a different theme to the usual one.  It is connected to health and is something I think is incredibly important.  I ask you all to please READ ON – THIS IS IMPORTANT.  Important to me.  Important to you and potentially important to future generations.

I am against Genetically Modified (GM) crops for many reasons.  Partly because I do not think anyone can be certain what the long term effects may be on our bodies.  We are what we eat and I do not want my chromosomes to be effected by something I eat that has never previously existed.  Partly because I think companies such as Monsanto that produce these seeds, are falsely altering crop production and altering the natural balance of our ecosystems in ways we do not understand the impact of.  Partly because I think these companies are becoming too powerful so I refuse to buy anything produced by their seeds (as much as I am able to work out what they have produced).

The current issue that has really concerned me is seed patenting.  I have copied the following from a friend’s Facebook page as it explains the issue very clearly to me and so hopefully to you too.

The US, British and some EU governments want all seeds categorised and standardised. To achieve this they need testing. Testing costs vast amount of money. The only companies that can afford this are the likes of Monsanto, Bayer, BASF, Syngenta. This then leads to regulation and makes seed saving by individuals illegal. With their vested interest in GM seeds, they and their scientists advocate GM and sadly many people believe the marketing. Once farmers have bought GM they’re in a loop of only being able to buy seeds from the big companies who own the seeds and also having to, as the plants are deliberately sterile to create repeat business for seeds and their own chemical sprays. 

I checked, and guess what? Following a Supreme Court decision on 13th May farmers in the US can no longer save seed from year to year without breaking the law (or if the seed is modified sterile) having no crop. 
If we go the same way here, within a generation the means of producing even the simple food of a domestic vegetable patch will be owned and price controlled by big business.

Monsanto are buying seed companies.  Potentially, in a short period of time, all seeds could be owned by a few enormous companies.  No farmers will be allowed to save seeds to use for next year’s crops.  By altering seeds to make them sterile, we could end up with all seeds for our food having to be bought each year from a small number of companies who favour GM seeds.

The issue is not about whether you agree or disagree or don’t care about GM crops.  The issue is whether or not seed patents should be allowed and why.

To read more about the organisation protesting about the patents being given to companies like Monsanto, please click on No Patents On Seeds.  Then read about it and vote.  Hopefully you will vote against it.  At the very least,  have a look and consider it.  Please do not let the planet’s future seed production be owned by a handful of increasingly powerful companies, unless you think that is a good idea.  This is really important and effects us ALL.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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7 Responses to Save Our Seeds

  1. Lucy says:

    Agree Zoe – have signed. Lx

  2. Marianne says:

    Thank you for posting this….. I was unaware that it had already passed the Supreme Court that farmers could not save seeds here….I have re-posted this on my FB…

  3. laura1952 says:

    I’m glad you had a great day. I did, without a doubt, pass this on with your link and of course signed it.

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