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My name is Rebecca Hodges, and I am the Training and Resource Intern here at FarmStart. I have been saying for years that since so much drama happens during the farm season, someone ought to make a documentary or even write a musical about it! Well this weekend I got my wish! While attending the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) Conference on Saturday, I got lucky and was given a ticket to see the play Seeds. The play is about the 4-year legal battle between Percy Schmiser, and Monsanto over the patent infringement of Monsanto’s Round-up Ready canola seeds which were found growing in Percy’s fields. The play is done in a documentary style based on court transcripts, and interviews with all the characters.
Two years ago while attending the 2010 COG conference I heard Percy speak about his struggles, and I always assumed he was a really unfortunate farmer being bullied by a big biotechnology company bent on breaking-up rural communities, and making money. What was interesting in this play was that they dug up some of the back story behind the case, and at a certain point during the play I started to question if I just had a one-sided perception on this whole event, maybe things are not so cut and dry!
I don’t want to give away too much but this play gets deep into questions like who owns life?! Seeds had a whole new spin on a story I thought I knew everything I needed to know about. I highly recommend it!
Seeds is playing at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts located in the Distillery District in Toronto. Tickets are very reasonable, and it makes for a great night out!
You can buy tickets at: http://www.youngcentre.ca/productions/12_season/seeds.html