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  • Posted July 24, 2012

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    Saving the Planet One Seed at a Time In the lyrical writing on


    Saving the Planet One Seed at a Time

    In the lyrical writing only Janice Ray produces, she alternately tells the tales of the seeds she saves and slashes at those seeking to end such practices and destroy our heritage produce. We stand with her in the fields as she writes.

    Hard as it may seem to believe, the owners of genetically modified (GM) seeds have patented their products and used those patents to eliminate competition. Seed savers propagate “open” seeds, meaning seeds that will produce viable plants. GM seeds harvested from produce produce nothing.

    Janisse is one of the “quiet revolutionaries” who will not be held back. She recommends the reader do likewise and explains in detail the sex lives of plants and how to propagate seeds and properly save them. Bees will actually force open a female bloom to get to the nectar. This is not good for the seed saver who is hand pollinating to promote desired plant characteristics. The blooms must be taped shut, hand pollinated, and retaped. Bees already have enough problems without encountering chastity belts, but this is an exception.

    Through universities, workshops, lectures, The Seed Exchange, and various plant festivals around the country, word goes out, and magnificent historical seeds are rescued, saved, and promoted. It’s working, per Janisse, and the organic produce movement helps. Seed saving is now her calling. She hopes it will become yours as well.


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