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Beating Monsanto Through Cooperatively Owned Clean Seeds

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Megalithic corporations such as genetic engineering firm Monsanto appear to have an upper hand on smaller owned businesses that act more sustainably to the environment and are healthier for people. There are businesses such as FEDCO seeds, originating out of Maine, that takes on the task. This is the topic of tonight's discussion on Envision This! Come join us at 8:00 PM. If you can't make it, don't fret, the show will be archived. If you do appear live, feel free to call in with questions. The location is at http://blogtalkradio.com/envision-this.

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If you're interested in hearing tonight's show (remember, it is archived so feel free to visit the site to listen at your leisure). The time is 8:00 PM, feel free to call in with questions if you listen live. The address is http://blogtalkradio.com/envision-this. ; Below is a blurb about the show:


ENVISION THIS.. .locally viable, open cultivated non-genetically modified seeds available from a small catalog company with a social conscience that is cooperatively owned for the benefit of its workers and customers.

Our guest will be CR Lawn, Executive Director of FEDCO seeds. FEDCO is almost alone among seed purveyors by including political and economic topics in their seed catalog and online store at http://www.fedcoseeds.com. ; CR believes that sharing his beliefs, ideas, and experience is crucial to his contribution to a sustainable, resilient, and equitable future. One of his major values is reflected in...

FEDCO'S SAFE SEED PLEDGE
Agriculture and seeds provide the basis on which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing are necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately people and communities.
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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)
 

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The SSE (Seed Saver's Exchange) was a grass-roots ... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 10:24:47 AM
I'll ask CR about this apparently distressful area... by Burl Hall on Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 2:29:13 PM
Is this the Jim Goodman you are speaking of? ... by Burl Hall on Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 2:40:38 PM
  I knew that the bubble of safety must ... by Theresa Paulfranz on Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 5:18:12 PM
scared not sacred... by Theresa Paulfranz on Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 5:19:47 PM
Interesting, I read it as scared, not sacred. ... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 4:07:27 AM
  Yeah! the corporate coyotes are howlin... by Theresa Paulfranz on Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 5:55:21 AM
Thanks, Theresa.  I sometimes wonder if I'm r... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 6:40:06 AM