The Benefits of Getting Produce From a Farmer – Part II | agriculture

A recent article caught my attention regarding the giant seed company, Monsanto Company, and the suit filed against them by 60 small family farmers, seed businesses, and organic agricultural organizations. For those of you who don’t know, Monsanto is the mega giant seed company who distributes genetically modified seed to those chosen to produce specific crops at the request of the federal government.Until I became aware of Monsanto, I figured that there were big farms and small farms, and that was just “the way it was”. As I researched Monsanto, I realized that their business practices were putting the choice of the American public at grave risk. I want to be able to eat foods that appeal to me, not necessarily the foods that the government decides it wants to subsidize.Buying your produce from a local farmer will do two things:
It will give you a much greater variety of food than you can find in the grocery store.
You will know that “organic” means something healthy and the food is unlikely to have originated from a genetically modified seed.
The problem with Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds is that they contaminate all the crops in the surrounding ares, destroying organic seed for the same type of crop. The argument for the use of genetically modified seed is to increase production and decrease dependency on herbicide use, both of which are believed to be false claims.There is fear that if Monsanto is allowed to continue to create genetically modified seed that contaminates and destroys organic seed, they will eventually have a complete monopoly on our food supply.Going into battle with such a mega-giant is not something I wish to promote. However, all of us should understand where our food comes from, what is behind the food that is grown and harvested here in the United States and how it came to be.Growing your own produce is obviously the ideal way to ensure the quality of your food, but that simply is not practical for those who live in urban areas. We are truly dependent on the small farmers of this country to bring us good, healthy, and nutritious food. By purchasing food from our local farms we are sending a message to corporate farming that we prefer to make our own choices and we have a greater variety of choice.Let me share my experience as an example. Prior to joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) I purchased my produce at the local supermarket. (Hint: the word super-market should alert you…) I found I was eating the same things day after day, week after week. After joining the CSA I discovered the true delights of Swiss chard, collard greens kale, mizuna, turnip greens, golden beets, kohlrabi greens, heirloom tomatoes in shades of red, green, yellow, orange, purple, and black, four types of cucumbers including lemon cucumbers that are out of this world, Easter egg radishes, royal turnips just to name a few new items in my diet.It has been proven that the greater the variety of the produce you eat, the healthier you are. How can genetically modified food possibly compete with this? I want choice in my food. By purchasing food from a local farmer, you, too, will vote for food choice both now and in the future.For more information about the genetically modified seed produced by Monsanto and the suit brought against them by small family farmers, seed businesses, and organic agricultural organizations, please go to: http://www.pubpat.org/osgatavmonsantofiled.htm.

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