24 February 2015
A report from Baker Creek Heirloom Rare Seed’s catalog explains how the genetic engineering of crops is having real life consequences for business, as well as food security.
Just from the perspective of a medium sized business, Baker Creek and its partners in the seed industry have lost literally hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of GMO corn contamination
Baker Creek began testing their Heirloom corn varieties for GMO contamination, and found that more than 50% of their more than a dozen varieties were contaminated. Those varieties, most of which were hand passed down through countless generations, have now been lost – forever, unless a clean source is found and recovered.
Meanwhile, Monsanto has been accused of suing farmers, often financially ruining small farmers, for infringing patent laws when non-GMO varieties become unintentionally cross-pollinated.
Baker Creek reports that Monsanto’s lawyers downplayed the effects of contamination as ‘hypothetical’ and low level, as in the OSGATA et al. vs. Monsanto court case, while their real world experience is massive financial loss.
The proliferation of further GMO crop and vegetable stables will destroy diversity irrevocably and undermine food freedom and security to feed the world.