Increasing seed prices and fuel costs means many Americans are digging a little deeper into their wallets just to put food on the table. In 2010, the New York Times reported a sharp 32% increase for the price of corn seeds, and a 24% increase for soybeans. Even more shocking, it’s estimated that seed costs have increased roughly 135% since 2001!
What’s the deal?
Competition And Genetically Modified Seeds
More than ten years ago, sales people from dozens of seed companies were able to compete for business, promising healthier crops and larger yields than their competitors. But all of that has changed as large seed companies are now using license agreements that block less expensive generic versions of seeds from entering the market. This ultimately creates an unfair advantage over the competitors. Consequently, farmers have limited options, which in most cases result in choosing those larger company’s seeds that have been genetically modified.
Unfortunately for farmers and the consumer, it turns out that genetically modified food is not just bad for your health, they are also to blame for rising seed costs. Seed companies understand that weeds, insects and plant diseases have long been a challenge for even the most skilled farmers. To combat this issue, certain biotech qualities have been added to seeds, which result in better weed control and crop resistance to herbicides and pests. While reluctant at first, farmers are now more inclined to spend more money on these engineered seeds, as labor, pesticide and machine costs will ultimately go down.
Yet, even as the market forges ahead and heavily uses genetically modified foods as the new norm, the Organic Center reports that, “The GE corn, soybean and cotton seeds planted over the next five to 10 years will, if current trends hold, contain increasing numbers of stacked traits (usually 3 or more) cost considerably more per acre, and pose unique resistance management, crop health, food safety and environmental risks.”
How Fuel Prices Factor In
Economists are now saying that rising fuel prices are a leading cause behind sky rocketing food costs, specifically for produce and meat. When diesel fuel is needed to power not only tractors by also semis and other forms of transportation – grocery stores are forced to make adjustments to stay in business. Mike Servert, owner of Servert And Sons Produce was interviewed at the Carolina Reporter And News, and was asked about the rising price of fuel. His response was simply, “the more the cost of transportation, the more it’s going to cost at the table.” Servert also estimated that the cost of a $4 crate of oranges could jump to $10 if fuel costs continue to increase.
What’s the next step?
Investing In Quality Seeds You Can Trust
Unfortunately, it seems we no longer have control over the quality of food currently stocked in our grocery stores. Consumers are ultimately left in the dark to whether their unlabeled produce was the product of genetically altered seeds, or bioengineered to resist harm from extensive sprayed herbicides and pests. With a population already wary of their food supply – considering the frequency of E.coli and salmonella threats, many are turning towards investing in seeds they can trust and growing them for large organizations, community gardens, and in their backyards.
The Producer’s seed packs not only guarantees 26 varieties of non-GMO, non-hybrid, certified organic and heirloom seeds, it’s also an investment. The Producer will continue to save you money and will provide assurance that your fruits and vegetables are the healthiest food around. At $4-5 a pack, you’re guaranteed quality seeds that have the highest rates of germination when compared with traditional seeds. In these ever-changing times, it’s a relief to know that Humble Seed guarantees seeds that are consistently nutritious and unadulterated.