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!

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One Response to Seeds – The Percy Schmeiser Story on Stage

  1. Occupy the seats at “Seeds”! This show is impressive in what it undertakes and in what it achieves. This play is thoughtful, balanced, and doesn’t shy away from complexities that don’t fit in the tidy confines of a news report.