15 Dec '11, 5pm

Nepal and Others Mull Monsanto's Role in Advancing Agriculture

I’m an organic vegetable grower in California and plant over 50 different varieties each year. Some of those varieties are hybrids because they have traits like yield, pest resistance, or flavor that make them far superior to open pollinated (OP) varieties. While hybrid seed usually costs more than OP seed, it is a small proportion of overall costs of production. For example, I buy only hybrid sweet corn seed, usually a variety called Vision ($26.90/lb). It is a supersweet variety that is delicious and maintains its sweetness for up to week. I use it for my CSA (subscription produce system), where I can put it into baskets each week without icing it, and be sure that when my customers eat it in a day or two, they will be happy. There are no OP sweet corn (e.g. Double Standard from Johnny’s Selected Seed @$18.60/lb) varieties that even remotely compare to Vision. I think of...

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