bother you - at all??
Some of the last of the seed catalogs are showing up now altho yes, there will be many more. It is snowing hard and I've spent a couple hours looking at the latest. One thing about having a large veggie garden and selling some produce is that I order enuf seed that the wholesale companies have some appeal.
Some catalogs look a bit like they were hammered out on a typewriter by a guy at a couple of grain silos along a railroad siding. Others have some glossy pages and brilliant photo's. The photo's are probably from the BIG suppliers like Seminis or Sakata. Those outfits are where your other catalog companies are buying their seed to mailorder but there are quite a few commercial varieties which never make it into a Burpee or Parks catalog.
The wholesalers give me the chance to buy seed at say, 50 lbs for sweet corn or 15,000 cucumber seeds. Or Hey, 5 lbs of broccoli raab, huh!? huh!? nah . . .
One thing I could do, with a commitment to a "stewardship agreement," is to purchase GMO seed. A lot of the hype has been pulled back on this seed but, make no mistake, the big farms are planting it. They know the drill (so to speak) and appreciate the opportunity to buy "attribute insect protection" of a Bt corn, for instance.
I grow the garden veggies using organic practices and can't really think of a good reason not to. The GMO debate may be over in American agriculture even if these food crops aren't going to some parts of the world.
We've allowed this to happen here. I have little doubt that our commodity field corn and soybean crops are primarily GMO varieties. That means our livestock and the meat in our supermarkets are products of bio-engineering. And, it means that darn near all of our processed foods have GMO ingredients.
It wouldn't be at all difficult for me to send off $200, plow a couple acres in the Spring and raise GMO sweet corn. That corn could go to the farmers' market and be sold without any special notice to the customers. Does any of this bother you??