posted on Apr, 23 2012 @ 06:48 PM
Starting our own farming related business has been an eye opener.
First, there's licenses. I don't understand WHY but if you are just a small, backyard hobby grower, it is a minimum of 75.00 a year license fee, or
125 if you sell anything online. IF you sell or send seeds through the mail, and you're caught, and you don't have a license, they can fine you BIG
time and take your plants.
Now we weren't trying to DO organic, because the certification process for that is horrendous. But we don't use pesticides, ect. If you get caught
using the word 'organic' and you are not certified organic, once again, you are fined BIG TIME.
Ok, then seeds. Monsanto has been patenting even common varieties of seeds. They aren't GMO- people get it confused- but they patent it and state
they have all the rights to it. I was suprised to learn that they've been getting in the seed vaults, using those seeds to claim patent if no one
else has. I always thought those seed vaults were like 'insurance' should they screw up the world, I didn't know it was more like a treasure chest
for them. I guess if they can get all the seeds in the world, they could patent them all or something, given enough time.
Like Roma tomatos. They patented them as Roma VF- that isn't a GMO, it's just that they convinced the courts to let them OWN the seeds. That means
you can't share or sell the seeds, or even save them- you have to buy them from MONSANTO's little companies.
Won't matter to most people, but it's another way for them to make growers PAY THEM in addition to the govts chunk in the licensing and shipping
certificates and 'acerage fees for commercial plant production."
Then you have the big producers, like Bonnie, that sell to Walmart and Home Depot and then they sell the plants BELOW COST in order to get you into
the garden centers to buy the chemicals, containers, gloves, seed trays, and dirts and stuff, which have a good profit margin.
Now I buy my seeds online from small licensed growers that sell heirloom seeds.
I honestly cannot afford to buy organic. If the price is close, I do. I grow a lot of my own and can my own.
I'm not sure what the answer is, but I FEEL like the govt and big biz has me by the cajones and I don't even have any. Maybe it is just me...but no
matter what I do lately or what I want to do, there's some rule, regulation, fee, outrageous expense...something...in the way.