GM companies remove choice by takeover and seed contamination – so long live the Heritage Library

14 Sep

A farmer and apple grower in Cumbria summarises:

Those in power write the political narrative! One sees this currently with GM . . . its introduction of GM does nothing to stop the international firms who trade in grain, storing it until the price reaches its maximum. They make a profit, the poor starve. In addition the big firms, have control of food via seed patents.

It is extremely difficult to speak truth to power, in the face of the fact the ‘media megaphone’ is held by those in power.

One sees how easy it is for them to ignore inconvenient truths and anything they do not want to hear, and to abuse and ridicule those who speak out and challenge them.

Positive news: West Midlands MEP Phillip Bennion visits the Heritage Seed Garden at Ryton near Coventry and backs seed diversity.


Gerald Miles writes from Wales adding the detail:

He recommends Monsanto’s point of no return, by Joel Dyer, Boulder Weekly,Thursday, August 30, 2012, which has links to some telling graphics showing seed industry consolidation.

Once Monsanto achieves the required degree of penetration in the seed market choice simply disappears, because Monsanto ensures that only GM seeds are available to farmers.

This trend lends ironic confirmation to the GM industry propaganda that the world must accept GM or starve. But insofar as this claim is true, it is not because GM seeds are remarkably productive or resilient, but because once GM companies own a large enough portion of the seed industry, they simply remove non-GM seeds from the market.

Sources in Brazil tell us that it’s invariably the best non-GM seeds that are the first to be withdrawn. Oddly, even when they are not withdrawn, these are the varieties that seem to suffer most GM contamination. So farmers give up planting them because the contamination means they can’t get the non-GM premium.

There is a straight-talking account from Pierre Patriat, President of APROSMAT, the association of seed producers of Mato Grosso, of how the Monsanto business model has already removed farmer choice in Brazil’s soybean production.

He sees with brutal clarity the unprecedented threat to food security and sovereignty posed by the dominance of the seed market by a few GM companies.

Yet this threat, which is so evident to Patriat and the NGO community, appears invisible to supporters of GM agriculture in Europe and North America. See:

These uncomfortable facts should be placed under the nose of every GM enthusiast who claims that we have to give European farmers the “choice” of growing GM crops.


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