This pumpkin, and several others like it are coming up from an heirloom, organic pumpkin we had picked up at the store, but had rotted before we got to eat it. What we bought was not ripened (although we didn't know it at the time) and was a beautiful dark green and yellow speckled squash. This is how it should have looked, and will likely store better because it was able to complete it's growth cycle. The rotten squash was just tossed onto a bed that hadn't been used much along a path to the rabbitry. This year, we dug out the pathway, filled it with wood chips and piled up the extra dirt on these seeds and decaying shell. We are blessed with a large number of squash plants happily growing in this sandy soil we didn't even need to amend!
Sadly, we learned the truth. Although we were selective about our gift, some of those beautiful, big pumpkins we had gotten free from a local farmer the fall before, were Genetically Modified Pumpkins- altered to produce prolific pumpkins if fed with the 'designer's' chemical fertilizer and modified to produce seeds that were useless, if planted later. Millions and millions* of pumpkins are carefully selected each year to bring into our homes for eating and decoration. While these 'Terminator Gene' seeds assure the company annual sales of their seeds and fertilizers, thereby keeping their coffers full and the farmers dependent on their supplies, what are they doing to our bodies? What are they doing to our soils?
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1Timothy 6:10
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-12
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