posted on Jul, 7 2012 @ 04:47 PM
Hello people, I'm not really one to create new threads - I merely interject every now and then in other forums so forgive if I'm posting this in the
We've all heard the horror stories of Monsanto and I know in my county that they've established themselves in the area, considering that I see job
postings for them on local employment websites.
I live on the Central Coast of California and agriculture and ranching is important to people of this community, with "Santa Maria-style BBQ" being
something that these folk hold dear, but I'm not here to talk about that.
Earlier I was reading a free weekly periodical (?), "New Times," and an article on there detailed how a local lettuce breeder (I was unaware such
people existed but am not surprised) created a new breed which is...
Misionero Vegetables and
a new U.S.-grown lettuce that is a cross between iceberg and Romaine lettuce
Seminis® Vegetable Seeds Debut New Variety of Lettuce
It's nice to hear of someone local doing something of creating a hybrid which came about from...
Tip of the iceberg
(Bill) Waycott—who said he’s one of only about 50 lettuce breeders in the world—began his quest to invent a healthier iceberg lettuce some 20
years ago, crossing it with a romaine variety developed over thousands of years in the Mediterranean region.
it is disturbing to know that after all of that work, a huge corporation such as Monsanto now owns the patent to it. I'm fairly certain Monsanto is
new to the region and what disturbs even further is that now they've set up shop in an area where people value the fresh produce available to them.
The county I reside in and the next county over have strawberry festivals and also have various farmer's markets spread out, not to mention FFA is
also a big part in the high schools. A lot of these farms are locally owned and operated and from what I've read in the past about the
cross-pollination lawsuits, this doesn't bode well for the local farming industry.