“Am I a thief?” – What Rights Do I Have Over the Food I Buy?

After a constructive comment discussion with Margaret, a fellow blogger, I decided to write about something that I have been thinking about for a long time.

I will be brief. There is one type of chili I really, REALLY like that comes on the pizza I buy at my local shop. I haven’t been able to find the seeds to sell, so I decided to buy a pizza, open a few of these seeds and see if they will germinate (probably not, as they probably have been cooked and all). This is not the point, really.

If these seeds I saved, from the pizza I bought at my local shop, actually germinate and I am able to produce my own, am I a thief? Legally speaking, that is.

Well, there are precedents in some countries that if you buy seeds from a company, you have NO right to save them for future sowing (These companies shall remain nameless… Cough… MONSA.. Cough…)

I saved the seeds and will try to plant them. Does that make me a thief? In my opinion, NO! No one on Earth should be allowed to own any seeds or the intellectual property on them, regardless on how genetically modified to resist pesticides they have been.

Remember, these new seeds came from harvested seeds that belonged to no-one (or everyone). For a company to ruin people’s lives for something they shouldn’t own in the first place is horrible.

Seeds should belong to everyone and everyone should be allowed, without costs, to have access to whatever seeds they want.

But that is just me.

Time is on my side: Part III

Just a quick update on my adventure to attempt a homebrew from scratch… from seeds to alcohol!

Part I
Part II

Last post about pepper… for a while!

During my girlfriend’s visit, I was surprised with a gift from her mom… chilly peppers! It was a sweet gesture! Since my plants are yet to bare fruit, she said that those chillies would keep me going for a while! And they certainly did! I had never saved seeds before, so I didn’t really know what to do. Nothing that a bit of google can’t fix, though. Long story short, the first few seedlings are coming up! It is a brazilian native type of the family capsicum baccatum. My intention, being a bit of a nerd, is to cross pollinate them with the chillies I already have… see what happens!

Baby Hot Sauce!

This is what hot sauce looks like, before being all delicious and all…

This is the testimony of how impulsive I can be. A friend of mine at work was giving out chili seedlings that I thought I’d get myself some… I decided to take whatever was left there. Just two little pots with a few… why not? Yeah, big miscalculation! I now have 50 seedlings! They are now all spread out around the house due to the lack of space. What to do? Well, I will produce a very large amount of chilies and will have a few burrito parties!

By the way, gardening is my new addiction! I forgot how much I enjoy it! New posts to follow!