It sounds like something out of science fiction, but it’s all too real, notes Allen Baler of Food4Patriots, a long-term survival food solution. Monsanto, the company behind the herbicide Roundup, has created genetically modified seeds that can produce completely sterile crops. The company owns the patent to the gene, dubbed the Terminator gene, but so far hasn’t released any seeds that feature it, according to NPR.
But, the fact that the company could unleash seeds with the Terminator gene is something people should be concerned about, according to Baler. Part of the joy of gardening or farming is being able to save seeds from one year’s crop to plant the next year. Sterile seeds would do away with that. Although Monsanto hasn’t used non-viable seeds yet, there are troubling reports in the media of its track record with farmers and gardeners. The company has a history of suing small farmers and of buying up seed companies. For the sake of your garden’s health and the diversity of plant life, many experts recommend that it’s best to avoid GMO seeds and seeds produced by companies such as Monsanto. Read more