Thursday, January 28, 2010

Seed Saver Scams - Because the Sky is Falling

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!!


jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

The mind boggles, doesn't it? Thanks to you--and Matt--for drawing my attention to the crazies. We can point-and-laugh at them, but they're actually more scary than amusing, because there ARE people out there who believe them.

The Idiot Gardener said...

Oh boy, that's a mentalist situation. Here in the UK the worst that happens is old men in Tweed jackets corner you at the garden centre and start preaching about the benefits of horse manure when growing beans.

Tina said...

Hey, Jodi,
thanks for dropping by.
Yes, tis sad that so many people can be 'taken'. Exactly what bugs me!

Hi, The Idiot Gardener,
(feels so wrong saying that)
thanks for stopping in.
You gave me a good chuckle - I think I'd be seriously creeped out if someone of that description accosted me somewhere!