Recently the government in Colombia started to force farmers to give up their heirloom seeds. These are natural seeds that enable them to dry some from the fruit and vegetables for planting during the next year's crop. Based on pressure from the United States--specifically the current administration and our USDA--and the Monsanto company, they want the farmers to plant genetically modified seeds (as in GMOs), which, although are designed to do things like resist insects and survive on less water, are none-the-less dangerous as they do things like inject animal enzymes into them. Pesticides are also actually infused within the seeds. Not surprisingly, they can cause cancer. In addition, the farmers cannot take the seeds from the end of the crop and re-plant them. Instead they are forced to buy new seeds every year. It is one thing to let farmers know they are available, but it is an outrage in a free country like Colombia to force farmers to use them. I fear it is a sign of the times in other countries like the US when the government starts to act like the old Soviet Union with is totalitarian policies. Our industrial farming system is already dangerous enough without the government mandating that we literally poison ourselves all in the name of the greater good of producing more (inferior) crops to the glory of government control and corporate profits. I am all for capitalism, but once we start down this road it is a very slippery slope. Not surprising, the farmers in Colombia have started to revolt at the loss of this freedom. In fact, some have even been jailed for having the audacity to say no. Unfortunately, this is grossly under reported or misunderstood in the mainstream media. Like the Colombians, we are already being over regulated, such mandates will simply add injury to insult. Worse, the average person buying things like produce at their grocer is totally unaware that we already inject pig enzymes into such products as tomatoes. As the old saying goes, it is not nice to fool (with) Mother Nature. Too bad it is a lesson we have failed to learn.

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