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Fwd: US outlaws seed saving by Iraq farmers

  • Subject: [cg] Fwd: US outlaws seed saving by Iraq farmers
  • From: chelseaxmolli@comcast.net
  • Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2005 19:04:47 -0600

Here is Dale's reply to this issue.  For the information of others on 
the list, Dale is a native plant and organic gardner who does volunteer 
his limited weekend time in various gardening efforts around town.  His 
issue is not because he supports pesticides,  genetically modified 
plants and other such "stuff."

Bonnie Bowman

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Dale Denton <daled@flash.net>
> Date: Fri Jan 28, 2005  7:37:26  AM US/Central
> Yes, though my question is and was about the non-protected varieties 
> that they've been using for centuries. These don't seem to be 
> outlawed. That was my question. Are there any reports of non-patented 
> wheat, barley, rice, cotton or date seeds or other plant materials 
> being confiscated or otherwise disallowed?
> This is what the subject of the email says is happening, and what is 
> implied with no backing in the GRAIN op-ed piece.
> I will agree that this seems to be what's been continuing throughout 
> the US and the world since the 1950s with the "Better Living Through 
> Chemistry" that first sent the artificial fertilizers, pesticides and 
> herbicides througout the world and later the GMO and other patented 
> plant materials.
> I do have an issue with such a headline as "US Outlaws." What is being 
> outlawed is already outlawed here, for better or worse.
> Dale

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