Seeds may be tiny, but they are very important. From small seeds can sprout huge pumpkins, tall sunflowers and even gigantic trees.
Unfortunately, seed technology has become big, too, as in big business. The makers of genetically modified seeds produce and sell mass quantities of seeds that result in hybrid plants loaded with chemicals. With no labeling required, there’s a good chance that many of us are eating GMO foods everyday.
There’s a great deal of money to be made in producing GMO seeds that can pass along drought- and pest-resistant traits to other seeds that will be grown and harvested. And whenever there’s a lot of money involved, there will also be espionage, theft and arrests.
Recently it was revealed that a number of Chinese men allegedly traveled across the Midwest to steal $30-40 million in seed technology from Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer.
China has been unable to produce enough corn for its people, and so it has acquired the crop in trade from other countries including the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that China will soon become the world’s largest importer of corn.
The men were allegedly stealing trade secrets in order to help reduce the country’s reliance on other nations for this crop. Apparently the men, whose stolen secrets and seeds were confiscated by the FBI before they could leave the country, used aliases to tour DuPont Pioneer’s headquarters and Monsanto’s research facilities in Iowa. On several occasions they were spotted on their hands and knees in Midwest cornfields.
Here’s a secret that I wish all makers of GMO foods would steal. Only vegetable plants grown from open-pollinated, non-hybrid, non-genetically modified, heirloom seeds are pure. Those foods will be nutritious, giving people’s bodies what they need to thrive.
Do you try to avoid eating GMO foods? If so, where do you buy your food and how do you determine whether it has been produced from heirloom seeds? I’d love to hear from you about this.