The Dangers of Conventional Seeds

This is the seed that I was recently given by a friend to plant.  This is the seed that was suggested to him to plant in central Texas.  Glad I saw this warning.  Isn’t modern agriculture fantastic.  I’ll definitely be sticking with organic and heirloom seeds.  I suggest you do as well.  Nothing like a warning label on a seed package.

If you reap what you sow, why would we sow these seeds?

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Highlighted warning states:

DANGER:  Treated with Apron XL, Dividend Extreme, Polymer, Cruiser 5FS, Vitavax 34, Thiram 42-S, and Captan 4F at mtgs’ rec. rate.  DO NOT USE SEED FOR FOOD, FEED OR OIL.

Sounds tempting doesn’t it.

Lets briefly break each of these items down.

Apron XL

According to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) that can be found here, the following are concerns with this product.

– Harmful is swallowed or inhaled.  May be harmful in contact with skin. Causes eye and skin irritation.

Dividend Extreme

MSDS concerns:

– Harmful if inhaled. Causes mild eye irritation.

Polymer

MSDS sheet:

– Not hazardous according to Directive 67/548EEC

Cruiser 5FS

MSDS sheet:

– Presents a low hazard during normal handling.

Vitavax 34

MSDS sheet:

– Harmful by inhalation.

Thiram 42-S

MSDS sheet:

– Immediate effects –

Causes eye irritation. Do not get in eyes .Causes skin irritation. Prolonged or frequently repeated skin contact may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Harmful if absorbed through skin. Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing. Use of alcoholic beverages may enhance toxic effects. Harmful if swallowed. Do not take internally.May cause irritation of the mucous membranes. May cause respiratory tract irritation. Avoid breathing spray mist.

Chronic or Delayed Long-term effects –

This product or its components may have target organ effects. This product or its components may have long term (chronic) health effects. 

Captan 4F

MSDS sheet:

Causes irritation of skin, diarrhea, and difficulty in breathing. Avoid ingestion.

The best part of all of this is the statement: DO NOT USE SEED FOR FOOD, FEED AND OIL.

Nothing like a seed that you can’t use for food and feed.  Much less for oil.

Food: 

noun

1 French food: nourishment, sustenance, nutriment, fare; bread, daily bread; cooking, cuisine; foodstuffs, edibles, provender, refreshments, meals, provisions, rations; solids; informal eats, eatables, nosh, grub, chow, nom noms; formal comestibles; literary viands; dated victuals; archaic commons, meat, aliment.

2 food for the cattle: fodder, feed, provender, forage.

Feed:

verb

1 I’ve got three kids to feed: give food to, provide (food) for, cater for, cook for.

2 the baby will feed according to her needs: nurse, breastfeed, suckle; bottle-feed.

3 too many cows feeding in a small area: graze, browse, crop, pasture; eat, consume food, chow down.

4 the birds feed on a varied diet: live on/off, exist on, subsist on, eat, consume.

5 this series of victories fed his growing sense of invincibility: strengthen, fortify, support, bolster, reinforce, boost, fuel, encourage.

6 he regularly fed information to the police: supply, provide, give, deliver, furnish, issue, pass on.

noun

Feed for goats and sheep: fodder, food, forage, pasturage, herbage, provender; formal comestibles.

Oil:

noun

1 make sure the car has enough oil | we heat our house with oil: lubricant, lubrication, grease; crude, crude oil, fuel oil, petroleum; informal black gold; humorous Texas tea.

2 brown the beef in hot oil: cooking oil, vegetable oil; corn oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, canola oil, peanut oil.

3 add some oil to the bath water: bath oil, essential oil, baby oil, scented oil, suntan oil.

verb

I’ll oil that gate for you: lubricate, grease, smear/cover/rub with oil; informal lube.

 

Food, feed and oil as defined by the stock dictionary on my Macbook.

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4 responses to “The Dangers of Conventional Seeds

  1. albert Veldman

    good day
    I am a custom seeder and recently was exposed to high doses of this product with some research have discovered I have been handling product for years have had medical reactions just wondering if you have more info

    • I don’t have any other info at this time. Good luck with everything. Poison control might have some answers for you. As a paramedic I have used them on a regular basis and they are a great resource (assuming you are in the US).

      • albert Veldman

        thank you
        medical conditions I think are from long term exposure most of the seed does not show any info on this product just thought I would share my experience stay away from this stuff

    • They are typically used for emergency purposes but they might be able to point you in the proper direction. Otherwise follow up with your physician.

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