“The most subversive thing people can do is grow a garden” — letter to the editor of the Edmonton Journal

From: Kim-Mia Rudiger-Prybylski
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2011 12:01 AM
To: letters (Edm Journal)
Subject: The most subversive thing that people can do is grow a garden…
To whom it may concern,

If you print my attached letter, please do not edit out the solutions that I give people as you have in previous letters. I have a feeling that I will not see this letter in print because Monsanto likes to give out lawsuit so freely, and have been very good at silencing anyone who speaks out. I also know that you strive hard not to offend your advertisers.


Kim Rudiger
Edmonton, AB

The most subversive thing that people can do right now is grow a garden…

I certainly do not consider myself alarmist. I never used to be conspiracy theorist, but I do feel that I have to share my great concern over what I am witnessing in terms of a particular corporation and it’s plans for world domination.

I will quote Henry Kissinger, “Control the food and you control the people.” In the past I have found it very interesting how African despots would withhold food aid from their people if there was civil unrest, people cannot fight and bring about revolution if they are starving. People also cannot bring about change if they are sick and not thinking properly because of a poor quality food supply. Our governments are not acting in our best interests and have utterly failed to protect us from corporate greed. Monsanto at present is a very prosperous multibillion dollar agribusiness supplier. They are buying up all of the major seed companies like: McKenzie Seeds (Canada), First Line Seeds (Canada), Seminis Inc. (US),Calgene (US), Cargill (US), Dekalb Seed Company (US), Holden Foundation Seeds (US), Agracetus (US), Asgrow Seed Company (US), Cereon Genomics (US), Plant Breeding International Cambridge(Britain, France, Germany), Monsoy (Brazil), SementesAgroceres (Brazil), MAHYCO (India), EID (India), Agroseed(Philipines). Monsanto was blocked from purchasing Delta Pine and Land (DPL)in 1998, because of anti-trust concerns, but DPL and Monsanto continue to co-operate on genetically engineered cotton. The list of seed company acquisitions continues to grow daily. It takes very little imagination to figure what will happen once Monsanto has bought up all of the seed companies or pushed them out of business.

Monsanto has contaminated our food supply with genetically modified crops, also our air, earth and water systems with its signature chemical poison Round-up. Has anybody questioned why so many children in the last ten years have so many allergies? More specifically, has anybody questioned why children have so many allergies to food crops that have been genetically modified (GMO), or to the animals that have been fed GMO crops. Does it make sense that we introduce a rogue protein that we have never encountered in our millions of years of evolution without serious review? Are there consequences to eating foods that are constantly doused in powerful chemical poisons like Round-up? Why are food companies fighting tooth and nail to prevent labeling of GMO foods? Are they afraid that if we knew, we would choose food that was not GMO? Why do animals that are fed GMO grains and soybean get stomach lesions and ulcerated livers at just two and three years of age, and need a constant supply of antibiotics in their food so that epidemics do not run rampant on feed lots? If Monsanto is claiming that it will feed the world with its abundant GMO crops, then how come yields from GMO seed are 10% less than regular seed?

Round-up does not become inert once it hits the soil. Round-up (glyphosate) is so abundant in our environment that it now falls from the sky. Precipitation analysis comes up with alarming amounts of glyphosate. We know glyphosate is in our rain, rivers, streams, lakes and ponds, soon it will make it’s way to our ground water and oceans. What a mess…I personally have a very toxic reaction to Round-up. I spike a fever whenever I am exposed. It is no coincidence that rising use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides also coincide with increasing rates of cancer and chronic illness.

Corporate interests have never been based on stewardship, health and well-being of the people, benefit of future generations, love and respect for our fellow human beings. Greed knows no boundary; therefore boundaries need to be imposed on greed. The most subversive thing that any person can do is tear out the lawn, find a small Canadian seed company on the internet, order seeds and grow a garden. Gardens and farmer’s markets produce food that has four to five times the amount of nutrition than food that is grown by agribusiness. Growing a garden will allow people some modicum of control over their food supply, encourage genetic diversity and heritage seed stocks, keep people healthy and support a new world order, based on something other than corporate greed.


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9 responses to ““The most subversive thing people can do is grow a garden” — letter to the editor of the Edmonton Journal

  1. Robert

    Next thing after the corporations have polluted the air enough(just like they are trying to do with water) they’ll add a molecule to it so it can be patented and sell it to us at a profit!

  2. BC Food Security

    I like the title of your post ! EARTH STEWARDSHIP 101 : Grow your own food, fair trade, buy local , voluntary simplicity, barter , ride a bicycle, reduce or eliminate use of plastics, drink local spring water,collect and filter your rainwater, compost your organic wastes, use greywater in the garden, drive an electric or hybrid car, put solar panels on your house’s roof , Simple living and high thinking etc. Did i forget anything ?

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  4. Amanda

    I have just been in touch with McKenzie Seeds (Canada) because my husband purchased some of their vegetable seed packs and I was concerned they were GMO seeds (they are not). When I came upon your letter, I contacted them once again to find out if they are indeed owned by Monsanto. The representative assured me that they are not owned by Monsanto, but by Jiffy Inc. in the Netherlands. Do you have fact-based evidence that Monsanto owns McKenzie Seeds?

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