Last night a curious thing happened while I was looking over (online) the many 2017 seed catalogues that are coming out these days. Actually, it was the catalogues’ cover art that most interested me. As most of you know, small seed companies have a long history of featuring garden-themed art on the covers of their yearly catalogues, and many small, contemporary seed companies continue that tradition. Here are a few examples (2017) that I found last night:
But like I said, something curious happen last night just as I was logging off. I clicked on something (I was meaning to exit), when instantly up came this photo:
It’s an arresting photo, and after looking closely at that line of faces, and trying to understand, I read the caption. This is what I read:
Seedmen. Executive seedmen. Seedmen of colossal influence. Seedmen of mega-seed companies who control (t0 a large extent) what the world’s farmers plant and what the world’s people eat.
Look at them. Do they look like men who care about seeds? Who love seeds? Who plant seeds. Who know seeds? Who fret each spring about which variety of seeds to plant? Who tend the crops that emerge from the seeds planted? Who eat real live vegetables?
And finally: compare these faces, these men, to the catalogue covers. Who are you going with, guys? The frowny men or the girl high in the canoe, the young girl and her dog? Who’s the better guide? Who is it who will to get us there?