02 Sep '11, 5pm

Taking On Big Ag: Is Monsanto Useful? - Ira Wallace and other small organic farmers have banded together to challeng...

Ira Wallace and other small organic farmers have banded together to challenge an mighty agricultural giant, arguing that Monsanto's patented transgenic seeds do not benefit society. My uncle Gordon's partner Ira Wallace has been part of our family for more than 15 years. At holidays, my mother eagerly awaits Ira's arrival for help with sprawling meals-Ira can cook anything, probably because she can grow anything. "I grew up with my grandmother who gardened. We had ducks and guineas and, since this was in Florida, mangoes and avocado trees and pecan trees," Ira said, laughing. "It was one of those big, old yards at the edge of town." When she went off to college she hoped she would never have to weed again. But when her grandmother died the same year, Ira began feeling the absence of the family garden and started learning about seed saving, the process of using seeds from o...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_23868.cfm

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