I enjoy curating Laurie Garretson’s articles because she always has something important to say. When she encourages you should save all the heirloom seeds you can, you may not get the significance of what she is saying unless you read the rest of her article. Actually the message she is sending is rather frightening to gardeners and to consumers of garden products worldwide. So why should you save all the heirloom seeds you can? The brief answer is that because they are being systematically eliminated.
Many of today’s gardeners are unaware of a seed war that has been happening for several years. There are a handful of large companies that own the majority of seed companies in the world. It appears they intend to take over as many seed companies as they can. This makes it very difficult for small companies to stay in business. The big companies’ objective appears to be control of all seeds grown in the world. Control of our food supplies would give them a lot of power.
So what’s the problem with that, you might ask? Isn’t that what happens with businesses today? Larger companies buy out smaller companies all the time. It’s not a problem if we’re reducing the number of toasters from 10 to 5. But think of what will happen when larger companies buy out smaller companies and eliminate the smaller companies’ stock of heirloom and open-pollinated seeds?
Usually the first seed varieties the big companies get rid of are the open-pollinated and heirloom types. These are the types of seeds that can be saved to grow another season; hybrid (man-made) seeds will not come back true to the original plant. It seems they only tend to keep seeds that they own and can control like genetically modified seeds. By getting rid of heirloom and open-pollinated seeds, they will have complete control over all their seeds.
You can save seeds from hybrid plants, but don’t expect to get those seeds to reproduce the same kind of plant. With heirloom seeds and open pollinated seeds gone, you and I will be buying hybrid seeds year after year–the big seed companies will have got us. Read Laurie’s whole article by clicking here or on the link below. She introduces her article with a good historical picture of how early farmers/humans discovered that seeds from previous years’ plants produced new plants the following year. Whey those hybrid seeds are all you can get, you won’t be able to do as the early humans did, namely save seeds for next year’s planting. So heed Laurie’s warning, and save all the heirloom seeds you can.