Seed saving scams - They're out there. Lots of 'em.
And they bug me.
But there isn't much you can do about warning those who are uneducated in this area. Or those who refuse to become educated because, well, you know, it's all a huge government conspiracy, right? You need to grab that bucket of seed and stash it behind your hoard of guns and ammo because, ( insert random hypothetical fear here).
Nope, I can't afford those mega billboards plastered 50 to a state to warn people against these idiot scammers. Besides, if I did that, I'd be the next big thing ranted about by Limbaugh, and who in pity's name would want THAT? I'm saving my 15 minutes of fame for something really cool.
These scammers prey on people's numerous fears - name one, they're exploiting it - to make that quick buck. You know what they say about a fool and his money and there's one born every minute?
Matt Mattus has taken a little of this subject head-on with his post Who Will Bail Out This Seed Bank? Not Me, on his blog, Growing With Plants.
Very much worth a read. Kudos, Matt!!
So, how many people do you know that would fall for something like this? Even though you think you hang out with a smart group of folks, I bet there are more than you (secretly) ever imagined.
Happy (non scammed) growing!!
Thursday, January 28, 2010