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Seeds - How to criminalize them

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Set the standard for "food safety" and certification high enough that no one can afford it and punish anyone who tries to save seed in ways that have worked fine for thousands of years, with a million dollar a day fine and/or ten years in prison, and presto, you have just criminalized seed banking.  

The penalties are tremendous, the better to protect us from nothing dangerous whatsoever, but to make monopoly over seed absolutely absolute.  One is left with control over farmers, an end to seed exchanges, an end to organic seed companies, an end to university programs developing nice normal hybrids, and an end to democracy - reducing us to abject dependence on corporations for food and gratitude even for genetically engineered food and at any price.

When you know that Monsanto with the help of the US government plundered ancient and rare seed banks in Iraq that held seeds with a genetic heritage (a biohistory belonging to all of us) going back 1000s of years and then made it a crime for farmers there to collect or use their own normal andnon-patented seeds off their own land, you see how extreme the intent to control is.  

Now, perhaps it is possible to see how the identical thing is being done here, only it comes in a heavily, heavily disguised way - through "food safety" that isn't "food safety" at all - and quietly sitting in only one tiny little paragraph within a very large bill (and with no reference to seeds at all).  

The Iraqis are now utterly at the mercy of Monsanto and the US for survival itself and will have to pay whatever prices are set for food.  They can no longer just grow their own and be free people.  So, no matter what form of government they may ever have, as long as this is true, they are now enslaved because the control over them is that extreme.  Kissinger was right - control food and you control people.

We are inches from this ourselves.  The left needs to wake up.

In Afghanistan, people are buying and planting beans from America which at the end of the season have nothing whatever inside, the pods are empty.  In Equador, the potatoes there do not develop eyes so can't be planted next season to grow potatoes.  

Biotech's claim to care about feeding starving multitudes is belied by its blocking human access to normal seeds and its terminator technology (empty beans).  Monopoly is monopoly is monopoly.  And at this level, and when it comes to seeds which are life itself, monopoly terminates democracy as well as beans.

This trick of setting bars above any ability to be in the game was done to blacks and in realizing this, we must hold Obama  accountable for pushing these bills which are profound civil and human rights abuses.

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There are three other items of the list which surely will be controlled as well.  In toto,that little list of six items (agricultural water, manure, harvesting, transporting and seed cleaning equipment, and seed storage facilities) contains the pieces to deconstruct farming itself, especially organic farming.

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Linn, Could you kindly elaborate on your clai... by Brad Mitchell on Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 6:00:04 PM
Brad, don't your seeds spread and contaminate non-... by Rady Ananda on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 12:18:35 AM
Brad, as a senior manager at Monsanto, you already... by Michael Lusk on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 7:43:50 AM
Michael, I have read The Seeds of Destruction - mu... by Brad Mitchell on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 9:08:07 AM
Brad, I stand corrected on the matter of Tom Vilsa... by Michael Lusk on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 10:21:51 AM
It's interesting that Brad Mitchell, Monsanto's PR... by Dee West on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 12:20:03 PM
Because someone is trying to educate people to the... by vincent trevisanutto on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 4:13:07 PM
Vincent, splendid to have another Monsanto apologi... by Michael Lusk on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 5:51:07 PM
Vincent, you claim to have a PhD in Molecular Gene... by Dee West on Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 10:52:19 AM
I'm not trolling! I am participating. We've ig... by Brad Mitchell on Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 8:17:46 AM
On this DVD ( and sorry I forgot the title ) Vanda... by Theresa Paulfranz on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 2:47:01 PM
Brad, et.al. Please read William Engdahl's "Seed... by cpaddock 1252335501 on Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 7:42:05 PM
Well, not that silliness about "frustrating the he... by Brad Mitchell on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 9:12:21 AM
Brad, this is the second time you feign "care". If... by Arktig Silver on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 10:35:30 AM
"If you are for safety, you must lobby for a law p... by vincent trevisanutto on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 4:21:27 PM
Vincent, there HAS been peer reviewed data that su... by Dee West on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 4:53:24 PM
First, if you look at the end of what you quoted, ... by Arktig Silver on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 6:02:02 PM
I am not sure it should be struck down. This is a ... by Brad Mitchell on Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 8:25:04 AM
and think Mr. Mitchell is trying to obfuscate the ... by Oh on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 10:18:13 AM
A few years back I got a ton of corn for feed, I f... by Lee Cornell on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 10:05:38 PM
This is the letter to the editor I just sent off.T... by Gianni Ortiz on Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 1:29:06 PM