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peterson agriterroristpeterson agriterroristBy Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

“It was a letter officials with the Cumberland County Library System were surprised to receive.

The system had spent some time working in partnership with the Cumberland County Commission for Women and getting information from the local Penn State Ag Extension office to create a pilot seed library at Mechanicsburg’s Joseph T. Simpson Public Library.

The effort was a new seed-gardening initiative that would allow for residents to “borrow” seeds and replace them with new ones harvested at the end of the season…

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…

The department told the library it could not have the seed library unless its staff tested each seed packet for germination and other information. Darr said that was clearly not something staff could handle…

…commissioner Barbara Cross noted that such seed libraries on a large scale could very well pose a danger. “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.” 

…the department indicated… that it would continue to crack down on seed libraries that have established themselves in the state.” LINK

You might be an agri-terrorist if…

  • You attempt to start a seed library for members to borrow and replace seeds.
  • You don’t test each and every seed packet for germination and “other information” before sharing.
  • You actually tell the Department of Agriculture what you intend to do, go along with what they say, then expect a positive result.
  • You think that you have the right to share seeds with anyone you want without the Monsanto/Department of Agriculture seal of approval.

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© 2014 Barbara H. Peterson