by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:
If the various agencies of the US Department of Agriculture have their way, seed banks will soon be a thing of the past. Currently, there are thousands of seed banks across America saving heirloom and specially cultivated seeds for everything from cannabis to cauliflower, but with outlandish regulations proposed by Big Ag and the Dept of Ag, all those seeds could soon be in danger.
Just last year, officials of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture sent a terse letter to a seed bank/seed exchange group housed at the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, PA telling them they needed to test every variety of over 400 seeds they were saving with very impractical and pointless extremity to make sure that their seeds were ‘up to regulation standards.’
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