Genesis 1:11-12 (ESV)
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
God created seed. In this verse is the obvious intention that plants should yield seeds according to their kind to keep them multiplying in perpetuity, as in a cycle.
Genesis 1:29 (ESV)
29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
Once God created man in His image and likeness, He gave the food, seeds and all, to His new creation.
Seeds belong to mankind. All mankind has a right to seeds to grow food. It was given to us by our benevolent, holy Father in Heaven, and in all the wrathful acts He did in the Old Testament to reproach His wayward, ungrateful, rebellious children, He never took away our seeds. Seeds are vital.
God’s word is vital. In Isaiah 55, He likens His word to the rain and snow that fall from the heavens to water the plants so they will sprout and give “seed to the sower and bread to the eater”. Like this process, that he was careful to re-establish just before the flood waters receeded in Genesis 8, His word, never comes back without having yielded a result.
Isaiah 55:11-12 (New American Standard Bible)
10″For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
In the case of His word, it returns the fulfillment. In the case of the seed, it returns a harvest to feed you and more seed to sow for another harvest again.
For a long time, it was not legal to patent seed. A patent certifies ownership, and since seed is a life form, not an invention, it stood to reason that just as we had abolished slavery (well, somewhat, see The 13th) we could not through governmental avenues certify proprietorship over life. In fact, patents are specifically for inventions. God already invented seed, so what was there for man to patent?
Enter Genetic Engineering.
Genetic Engineering, also known as and akin to Genetic Modification and more widely referred to as GMO, is the modification of a seed to create a slightly different plant than the parent plant was. In this context, we are specifically referring to this being done in a laboratory through forced gene splicing that bastardizes seed by introducing genes from the other kingdom to attempt to recreate the plant with new characteristics. Through the great American artistry of political lobbying, campaign contributions and high priced jargon-juggling lawyers (no offence to honest, hard working attorneys here), our frenemies at Monsanto et al have convinced our elected officials to allow them to patent these seeds.
The double-talk goes like this:
For their patents, they argue that they are different, we invented them, they are a unique product, so we should be able to patent them.
Later on, when the crops are grown and it comes to discussing whether the “food” they produce is safe for human, or even farm animal, consumption, they argue that this “corn” is not fundamentally different from any corn grown from traditional seed.
This is how we suffer:
The newly patented seed costs farmers a king’s ransom.
The seed requires the use of that company’s companion chemicals to grow the crops.
The farmers are bound under restrictive agreements involving licensing and such so that they are prohibited from saving and sharing seeds.
Often these seeds cannot reproduce anyway. The seeds in the crops they bring forth are barren!
And because their double-talk is heeded as though it is truth, the crop is never required to be tested before being fed to farm animals who’s flesh, milk or eggs we will later consume, or being sold to us at retail in the form of whole produce or ingredients in processed, packaged items. So we are the living experiment.
Seed is one of the world’s most precious resources. As valuable as it is, it is most valuable when it is in its natural, unadulterated, poison-free state, available to all to be saved, shared and sown as we need to feed ourselves. It is the very basis of our food sovereignty and we are systematically being robbed of it.
Make no mistake, by the way, GMO will probably end soon as more and more people become aware and demand that their food be free of that kind of seed. Nonetheless, as I write these words, the think-erati and the mad scientists inside of Bayer, BASF, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta (all of whom also sell agricultural chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, processed foods and pharmaceutical drugs) are well on their way to their next idea that will protect their profits and continue their reign over the world food system. This is why we need to pray.
Prayer for Seed Sovereignty for the People
Father God, you gave us seed at creation. On that day, you deemed your creation Good and on the seventh day you deemed all your creation Very Good.
Even when you flooded the world, you re-established your system of seedtime and harvest. Seed is our birthright according to Your holy word.
We now come to you in prayer as the misguided members of our human family have attempted to match Your mastery in creation by tampering with genes to modify Your perfect design. We forgive them Father but we pray now to reclaim sovereignty over all seed in Jesus’ name. We reclaim our God-given right to save, use, sow, re-sow, exchange, share and sell our own seed in the name of Jesus. We come against any plans that are currently in the works to continue to steal our seed from us in Jesus’ might name.
We pray for the proliferation of community-held seed banks all over the world to preserve the diverse plants you created. We pray for an international moratorium on the genetic modification or genetic engineering of seed in the fashion of the multinational seed corporations and their hired scientists. We pray for an international moratorium on seed patenting and the revocation of all existing patents on seeds and plants.
We hereby reclaim seed freedom. We reclaim poly-culture farming. We reclaim the biodiversity in food that we have had since the garden of Eden. We reclaim this for our local community here (speak the name of your region or country), for the farmers and gardeners in our country, and for small farmers and gardeners all over the world in the might name of Jesus.