[Homestead] Food costs up sharply--order your seeds
clhw at infoave.net
Thu Jan 24 07:36:57 EST 2008
Gene: I'm curious. Why do you call Park Seed a "giant"?
It is large but no where near a big as some of its not-too distant
neighbors, like Solutia (formerly Monsanto) and Fuji NorthAmerica. Many of
the now defunct textile mills had facilities much larger than Park. I
haven't spoken to the members of the Park family I know in about a year but
the last time I had a discussion with one of them, he said, "We'll not be
involved while I have anything to say about it."
Anyway, why do you call them a giant?
While most people probably don't understand what open-pollinated
>means, many knee-jerk to the words organic and heirloom, so I expect
>to see more of those words in catalogs, offered at higher prices, just
>as organic produce commands higher supermarket prices. Proof of this
>is seen by the fact that the url organicseed.com is owned by giant
>Park Seed. Beyond helping soil to become alive, I fail to see any
>extra value in hybrid vegetable seeds grown under organic guidelines.
>And organic flower seeds? What am I missing? Non-hybrid varieties are
>another matter; they have survived partly because they are able to
>fend off disease naturally.
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