The first step toward food independence is growing our own food. The second step is saving seed rather than buying seed every year.
Step Two does not work, however, with hybridized plants. You've probably heard about GMO (genetically modified) crops, and you've probably seen those vast fields of corn behind signs that proudly proclaim it's grown from 'patented' seed. Did you know that if the GMO corn pollen blows your way and mingles with your heirloom corn that you might be sued for patent infringement? Yes, it really does happen.
That's just the tip of the iceberg. Monsanto and a few other companies like it are steadily working toward a seed monopoly. I'm ashamed to say that I thought I could ignore this and go about my gardening business. Not so. Not if I value sustainable agriculture (I do).
Dr. Vandana Shiva and Seed Freedom are calling for an Occupy the Seed Fortnight of Action in October. Even if you don't grow your own, even if you don't intend to take any action about this, please learn more about the issue. It matters to you. I promise. Here are a few of the facts posted on the Seed Freedom site at: http://www.permacultureday.info/?page_id=2657