Author Topic: PA Dept of Ag Cracks Down on Seed Libraries  (Read 2736 times)

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PA Dept of Ag Cracks Down on Seed Libraries
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:56:05 AM »
Department of Agriculture cracks down on seed libraries

"Sixty residents had signed up for the seed library in Mechanicsburg, and officials thought it could grow into something more.

That was, until, the library system received a letter from the state Department of Agriculture telling them they were in violation of the Seed Act of 2004."


“Agri-terrorism is a very, very real scenario,” she said. “Protecting and maintaining the food sources of America is an overwhelming challenge ... so you’ve got agri-tourism on one side and agri-terrorism on the other.”

I call BS.

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Re: PA Dept of Ag Cracks Down on Seed Libraries
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2014, 09:23:02 AM »
This is why we can't have nice things...

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Re: PA Dept of Ag Cracks Down on Seed Libraries
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2014, 09:32:24 AM »
2004 Seed Act
http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_6_2_75292_10297_0_43/AgWebsite/ProgramDetail.aspx?name=Seed&navid=12&parentnavid=0&palid=76&

"The seed program administers the seed certification program to ensure genetic purity."

So does this rule out F1, F2 ect hybrids? Does this keep Monsanto's GMO multispecies garbage out of your state?

I would write these guys who are in charge of this stupidicity (I don't care if that is not a word):
Brian Hafer
Seed Certification Analyst
(717) 787-4844
bhafer@pa.gov

Chi Trinh
Seed Laboratory Supervisor
Seed Testing Services
(717) 772-5534
ltrinh@pa.gov

Johnny Zook
Seed Program Supervisor
Seed Certification
(717) 787-4894
jzook@state.pa.us

Nishit Patel
Seed Analyst
GMO Testing (RR- Corn & Soybean) <----------------- Uh-Huh..
(717) 772-5230
nishpatel@pa.gov

Kelly Zivicki
Seed Laboratory Technician
(717) 346-0137
kzivicki@pa.gov


Back to the State of Penn Ag STATEMENT about "The seed program administers the seed certification program to ensure genetic purity."
What about GMO corn, alfalfa and other GMO produced crops? Why are they not protecting those crops instead of Monsanto & Friends? GMO crops are engineered with genes taken from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals and even humans. And how is this ensuring genetic purity? Pennsylvania farmers grow genetically modified sweet corn, zucchini, crooked neck yellow squash, soybeans, alfalfa, and canola (rapeseed).

"Potential cross-pollination of GM seeds onto non-GM crops is also a concern to farmers, particularly those farmers that certify their crops as non-GM crops or organic crops. There is evidence that such cross-pollination is already occurring. Plants with GM characteristics have been found in conventional crops as well as in crops that have been grown using only organic farming practices"
http://law.psu.edu/_file/aglaw/Impacts_of_Genetically_Modified.pdf
http://voicesweb.org/farmers-fight-genetically-modified-crops

"Companies like Monsanto and Dow and Syngenta and many others now completely dominate the centers of agricultural learning and research and innovation in this country.  Through gifts totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, these industry giants buy access and influence on college campuses at most every major ag-school program in the land, which is tied in with the State Ag."

Follow the money..

Cedar