Bitter Seeds: How Monsanto has Increased Farmer Suicides in India

Here is the trailer to Bitter Seeds, what looks to be a devastating and damning investigation into the state of farming in India since the introduction of GMO seeds.

One of the many things that are bad about GMO’s is that they prevent farmers from seed saving.  The ancient tradition of passing on seeds from one year to the next and from one generation to the next.    When you seed word “heritage” in front of something whether it be tomatoes or pork it means that particular breed or type of food has been preserved and passed on over decades.

So seeds, which used to be free and shared between farmers,  have now become the intellectual property of Monsanto et el since Justice Clarence Thomas and the Supreme Court said it was OK for corporations to own nature.  One of the many devastating consquences of this is that seed sharing and seed sorting used to be a job, in each community someone would be the local seed guy or gal. Farmers who didn’t save their own seeds could buy them at a nominal price from seed savers. They could also get different kinds of seeds as these people would often save seeds from rare or different plants.

Now of course what has happened it has become corporate and every year you have to pay Monsanto a fee and you also have to buy their pesticides…watch the trailer to see how that is working out:

For more read this informative article in Grist.

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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