Last week’s appearance of Eric Massa on Fox News’ “Glenn Beck Show” created more fodder for humor with the Establishment Media. Tickle-gate was a fun topic for many. But even more reaction was drawn from one of Glenn’s new sponsors, selling non-hybrid ’survival seeds’. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and even Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, made much ‘hay’ over this, pardon the pun. Organic gardening and heirloom seeds are no laughing matter!
The commercial claimed that germinating seeds are a good investment, whose value may increase faster than gold. Gold is another item which Glenn has several sponsors for. While Todd and Stewart laughed it up, several news items broke late last week about rising prices on hybrid seeds. Bloomberg reported an average increase of 38% in just the past year. The New York Times reported corn seed was up 32% and soy bean seeds up 24%. Had Todd and Stewart taken Beck’s sponsor seriously, they might have been laughing all the way to the bank!
Hybrid seeds are genetically engineered for maximum yield, product consistency and resistance to disease. Many hybrid seeds, however, are one-shot deals. Plant them, grow them and harvest and buy more seed next year. Non-hybrid, germinating seeds, on the other hand, produce plenty of additional seeds, giving you a virtually endless supply year after year.
Also known as ‘heirloom seeds’, they are THE choice of organic growers and their produce is highly prized by gourmet chefs. I do not know much about the company which sponsors Beck’ s show, but I am familiar with another company, Seeds of Change. They’ve been in business for decades and have an excellent product line. While many other companies offer package deals like Beck’s sponsor, most also provides a large selection of seeds which you may buy individual packets of your favorite vegetables and herbs.
Organic gardening and heirloom seeds are a growth industry. Demand for such products has been steadily rising. Not just here, but globally. So if you are looking for a nice, little side business that doesn’t take much money or time to get started, it’s certainly worth looking into. With respect to Glenn Beck’s sponsor, it is true that it times get bad enough, ’survival seeds’ will be great for bartering. Any way you slice it, French cut or julienne, germinating seeds are a good investment to save or make money with! With spring upon us, it’s time to get planting! Just ask Michelle Obama. Yuk-Yuk!