“I am a woman and have always moved on very quickly. Also, the men I have dated did not do this at all. Strange.
Life is too short to waist pining over a relationship that will never work. I have also never had repeat relationships. I always see my friends doing these on and off again relationships. THAT is a waste of time”
“Where is your farm? I grow heirlooms to feed my family and the food is amazing, flavorful, and bountiful. It could be my location and soil, but I have yet to use any chemicals on my extremely large (supports three people) garden (for 3 yrs).
I do not know why it would be difficult for farmers to grow heirloom or non gmo crops. Can you tell me why? Can you share experience? You have added nothing to this or any other discussion here. Instead of sharing facts you just sound angry.
Do you think it is okay for Monsanto to sue farmers for planting seeds that came from plants they themselves grew from a seed they rightfully purchased? Because I do not!
If I had to do this with heirloom I would owe a few heirloom seed shops a boatload of money! (these companies seem to be doing just fine btw) Personally I think everyone should have some kind of garden... then we would all be that much less dependent on the grocery store”
Pressed Rat and Warthog on Feb 13, 2013 at 19:32:04
“The yields are too low to pay off the investment needed in land, equipment, water, etc.
Not to mention heirlooms are not saleable to the big Ag consortia.
What you do on a half acre (my guess) doesn't translate to 10,000 acres at all.”
Joshua Smythe on Feb 13, 2013 at 18:31:05
“I'm not a farmer, but I do know genetics. GMO crops are used because they have better yields, or pest resistance than their "normal" cousins. Actually, I don't know what the fuss is about regarding GMO foods; this has been occurring in nature since plants evolved. Even before the advent of recombinant DNA technology, agriculturalists were genetically modifying crops. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence that GMO crops are detrimental to humans or bees or butterflies, etc.
Regarding the patents, an analogous case would be a purchased DVD; we do not have the right to buy one and then make copies of it and sell it, or even give it away for free. That would be copyright infringement. On the same basis, Monsanto has a case. If farmers don't want to pay, they can plant non-modified seeds; they don't want to do that because the modified seeds allow them to use less fertiliser, or pesticides, or be more drought-resistant, etc.”
new beginning on Feb 13, 2013 at 17:28:25
“You can't take anything Hazel says seriously. He is a paid Montsanto employee who comes here to stir the pot.
GMO crops are promoted to increase crop yields dramatically. By genetically modifying the plants, they make them immune to roundup, so farmers who plant GM seeds can spray roundup with abandon. The problems with this are at least threefold. First, the "food" is exposed to massive quantities of a poison which ends up in the food itself. Round up was never approved as a safe "food". Second, the over use of round up kills most weeds, however over time, the weeds that are not killed evolve to become "superweeds" which are immune to all chemical control methods. That is what we are seeing now. Third, the abuse of monocultures results in damaging the soil profiles over the years and renders entire crops vulnerable to loss from disease or pestilence.
If you are interested in learning more about our food system, a little about GM plants, and lots about sustainable agriculture, read Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma.”