I was standing in my kitchen the other day. Doing dishes, listening to NPR and basking in the glow of knowing that the Supreme Court may consider the OSGATA VS. Monsanto seed patent suit. Pubpat has asked the high court to hear the case.
Anyhow, it was a beautiful fallish morning in Maine and I was happy. But that is not what made me almost fall on the floor laughing. Soon after the good news on the OSGATA lawsuit on All Things Considered the host spent over eight minutes on what you might be lead to believe was a newly discovered vegetable: KALE. It made my day. That is a lot of national radio real estate to give over to this humble plant. I was very impressed.
Personally I love kale and have for years. I braise it with some garlic and onions from my garden and a little local sunflower oil. I grow a great variety called Beedy’s Camden Kale developed by a woman I know, Beedy Parker, specifically for growing in our local climate. It is well adapted to my growing season and soil. Truly local food. The seeds are sold by a local worker’s co-operative, Fedco, and guaranteed no GMOs! The two stories were a great synergy for improving my general outlook on life as we slog along trying to keep it legal to grow our own, save our own seeds and breed plants that grow well where we live.
And the NPR audience got introduced to kale. All in all a good day!