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Originally posted by Charis
Breeding plants (hybridization) isn't the same as genetically engineering plants. With hybridization, the plants have to be closely related so that they can cross-pollinate. As a home gardener you can do this with your own plants, and mother nature does it too. Genetic engineering involves inserting DNA from completely unrelated species, sometimes even different kingdoms (animal DNA into plants, for instance), something mother nature never intended.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
What a silly statement.
100's of millions of people have gardens throughout the world. They all should get these "warnings". Having a garden is perfectly legal for EVERYONE. You can grow whatever you want, and eat whatever you want. If you don't have one, I say grow one for the sake of shutting the "farming community" up. This society pisses me off.
HR 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, is another affront to organic farming and is backed by chemical and genetic engineering giant MONSANTO. It must be stopped in its tracks or organic farming will be outlawed: Allen L Roland
US House and Senate are about (in a week and a half) to vote on bill that will OUTLAW ORGANIC FARMING ( HR 875, and S 425). There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the next few weeks before people realize what is happening.
Main backer and lobbyist is (guess who) Monsanto ~ chemical and genetic engineering giant corporation. This bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers and poisonous insect sprays dictated by the newly formed agency to "make sure there is no danger to the public food supply". This will include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sales ~ which would, of course, include Michelle Obama's White House garden.
Under the provisions of this law you could NOT legally:
1. Buy heirloom seed and then harvest and re-use your own seed.
2. You could ONLY legally purchase governmentally distributed seeds (aka Monsanto’s zombie seeds)
3. You could NOT raise your own seed and sell, or even GIVE them to a neighbor.
4. You would no longer be able to take your kids down to the local “pick-your-own” blueberry or strawberry farms, or buy from the roadside backyard grower of garden vegetables, or even grow your own vegetable plants, fruit trees, or nut trees, for your own consumption!