Monday, January 30, 2012

Margaret Roach Interviews C.R. Lawn in Advance of Monsanto Lawsuit

On January 31 in New York City, a judge will hear the opening arguments of 83 co-plaintiffs in the case against Monsanto. Margaret Roach has an interview with C.R. Lawn (a co-founder of Fedco Seeds and one of the 83 co-plantiffs) that she will be posting on her site. If you're not familiar with the case that begins this week see this explanation on the Public Patent Foundation's website.

Here's a teaser of one question from Margaret Roach's interview with C.R. Lawn.

Q. What do you want every gardener to do? What actions can consumers take in support of a similar ethic, and in behalf of a safer future?

A. Gardeners and other consumers should:

•Support the campaign to label genetically engineered foods.  See
•Support California's initiative to become the first state to pass a mandatory GMO labeling law.
•Avoid purchasing transgenic foods in your supermarket, coop or health food store. The Center for Food Safety has good lists of what to avoid. [NOTE FROM MARGARET: PUBPAT “encourages the public to not buy any products made with corn, soy, sugar, canola, cotton or alfalfa unless you are certain it was made without any use of genetically modified seed. If you're not sure, call the manufacturer and ask."]
•If you belong to a food coop, help them keep transgenic foods out of their store.
•Varieties in our [Fedco] catalog have a source code. Purchase those coded 1-3 and try to avoid those coded 5, from multinational suppliers who engage in biotech.
•Buy open-pollinated seeds instead of F-1 hybrids whenever possible.
•Support small alternative seed companies who have signed the Safe Seed Pledge and don't knowingly carry transgenic varieties.
•Better yet, learn how to save your own seeds and start doing it!

For the rest of the interview follow her on Twitter or subscribe at her site. Margaret hopes to have it up the day the trial begins. It should be an interesting read.

Don't forget that this week @InkandPestemon is the guest host and we'll be talking about soil blocks.


  1. I disagree with "avoid F1 hybrid seed".

    There is nothing GMO about a hybrid.

    1. I agree with you that that generally there's nothing GMO about hybrid seeds. But I think the point C.R. Lawn is making is about supporting the culture of shareable seeds, not saying that hybrids are GMOs.


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