Gardening is crucial for self-sufficiency in a time of a contracting division of labor, but conventional gardening is based on hybrid seeds. So is conventional commercial farming. We have become dependent on commercial hybrid seeds. A hybrid seed will not grow a plant whose seeds will predictably grow a similar plant. The offspring may be much smaller or in other ways defective. To have confidence that next season's plants and seeds will be close to this year's, you must plant nonhybrid seeds.
If the banking system fails, commercial agriculture will not be able to produce the food we expect. The farmers will not be able to buy seeds for the next planting, yet they will not be able to trust the seeds produced by the latest crop (even if they saved any seeds, which is doubtful). So, we are trapped by the logic of hybridization. The "green revolution" rests on that other green: paper money. (Here I reveal my national bias for green pieces of paper with dead presidents' pictures on them.)
The moderator of the Nonhybrid Gardening forum is Geri Guidetti of the Ark Institute. She sells a $99 package, which includes Build Your Ark...Book I: Food Self-Sufficiency, Living Well on Wheat; my 90-minute taped interview with her, "You MUST Become Food Self-Sufficient"; the Non-hybrid Seed Personal Food Security Program; and a special report, "The Crash of '97/'98 -- How to Prepare Now." Call 1-800-255-1912 , or send check or money order to: The Ark Institute, POB 364, Monkton, MD 21111.
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