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Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties

publication date: Mar 1, 2001
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Terminator Technology. Genetically Modified Organisms. Bt toxin in your cereal, salad, corn and potato chips. Patent genes. Genetic trespass. All this headline news is enough to make a person wonder. Where do all these great ideas come from anyway? Who thinks all this is a good idea? Aren’t there any ethical, environmentally minded mad scientists out there? Is the sole purpose of genetic research and development the monopolization of power? From an earthman’s point of view things are pretty unsatisfactory in the big seed realm. We used to have to worry that the heirloom varieties might disappear from commercial neglect. Now we have to worry that they might reappear as a patented variety with one form of killer gene or another attached to it.
If we don’t like that sinking feeling of having diminished options handed down to us, at least we have Carol Deppe’s newly republished book, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving (Chelsea Green, 2000).



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