Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

I recently found out something shocking. This revelation happened as I was meandering through the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) website and ran across the “about” page. It just so happens that Joel Reiten is one of the Board of Directors – “Currently seed production manager for Seeds of Change, a division of Mars, one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of 100% organic seed.” 

Hold it right there, Nellie. Did I see that right? Seeds of Change, one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of 100% organic seed is a division of Mars? WTF??? You know, Mars!!! That pillar of corporate hypocrisy that is also leading the fight alongside the USDA and IBM to spread GM cocoa around, starting in Africa. What’s IBM got to do with it? Hell, I don’t know. What did IBM have to do with the holocaust?

But I digress. One of the largest organic seed producers is a division of a company that wholeheartedly supports GMOs. Does anyone see a conflict of interest here? Does anyone else think there might be a problem?

Some people say that you can serve two masters – organic and GMO – coexistence. Not possible. One will always take precedence over the other, and the two concepts are polar opposites. How can you wholeheartedly support both? Impossible. Unless you are planning on combining the two. In which case you would be supporting GMOs with an organic label because it is the organic that is contaminated. It is the organic that will suffer every time – taken over by an aggressive, dominant, man-made organism with none of the natural genetic coding left.

So I ask: Seeds of Change – What kind? Is that the master plan? To coexist via hostile takeover until organic is nothing more than an empty promise? Maybe it makes the GM pushers feel good to dabble in organics. Or maybe they just want the seed stock. Or maybe they are hedging their bets and collecting from both sides of the fence. Getting rich while corrupting the food supply and creating a monopoly. Or maybe it’s a combination of all of the above. Whatever it is, any friend of Mars is no friend of mine. So, Seeds of Change, you can just change right on out of my life. And another one bites the dust…

© 2011 Barbara H. Peterson