It's almost like David vs. Goliath: The small town of Ales, department Gard, in the South of France is home to the seed bank "Kokopelli" . The story is about the question of "Who Owns Nature?" So, this is a bit longer post today. Sorry for making such fuss..., but its such fun for me when no editorial "political correctness" is demanded writing about such topic which is concerning all of us.
Everyone knows these days seed is a thousand-year-old "open source", a common good. Untreated, organic seed is a cultural property of mankind. Its not the property of a multinational chemistry-industry. Each plant has a gene-pool which enables her to adapt to her specific environment. There were never patent right procedures involved to secure markets or to protect shareholders!
At Kokopelli a small team of dedicated people is trying to preserve a good that belongs to all of us and not to a few globally operating for-profit GM firms. It is common knowledge how chemical and pharmaceutical giants with an appalling record of corporate crimes (Bayer, Monsanto) became key players in the development,commercialization and sale of GM crops. This general knowledge, however, in practice does not count very much with politically responsible and courts.
Courts have put fines on Kokopelli for marketing organic seeds while governments support under the mask of "research" those GM monsters which will then in the future decide who has food and who not, who is staying healthy and gets medicines as the very same companies are also pharmaceutical monopolists. It is the perfect way for a world-wide peace as there will be no need to fight wars anymore, not even with drones....
So, what is really so heretical to ask for seeds being a cultural heritage? Farmers, gardeners and growers have been creating thousands of wild seed variations of wheat, corn, rice, tomatoes, potatoes, pepper, etc for 10, if not 15 thousand years! Seeds have been a heritage from generation to generation. Why? Because plants are adapting evolutionary to their habitat without microbiological or chemical intervention. They did this over millenniums without agricultural experts and chemists. They where doing this also without Chambers of Agriculture and other administrative Hocus Pocus. Most of today's diseases and famines are man-made due to inbreeding.
The surprisingly unlimited growths of food supply is a fairytale. This wishful-thing had changed dramatically in 2007-08 hand in hand with the economical meltdown as mass media did not get tiered to tell the story about the need to perverse a chaotic financial system which is breeding immanently its own dead. The help for financial "institutions" like Goldman Sachs et al left us, the ordinary tax payer, collateralized with debt obligations for generations to come, - let alone the fact that this governmental "help" lettet the culprits from the leash to continue unhindered its multi-billion-dollar movements without any control. These cuttings are affecting us all today. Only these massive government bailouts in western Europe and the US prevented a collapse, - now just imagine this tax-payers money would have been used to feed people in need. Or you may prefer to buy only "ready-made-food", created by "taste-designers" and chemical firms.
The only way out of the upcoming food crisis are NOT GM seeds, but organic seed, as they are a sustainable source. Our seas suffer over-fishing and at some point in the very near future they will collapse unrecoverable. We feed cows with bone meal from sheep, the results are known, we fish the shores of distant countries and complain about hostage taking. Global food companies are buying from corrupt rulers in Africa land that was, in the absence of land Registry authorities, stolen from people, making those then to an "lumpenproletariat" before they opt for their last resort the migration where human traffickers steal every last cent from them.
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