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The Monsanto issue is one of the reasons I have doubled my growing area and have bought strictly organic heirloom seeds so I can save my own seeds to feed my family. It may seem like overkill but who knows how much longer our food supply will be poison free...

How do they pass a law to encourage children to play outside? What does it say?

I'm not a fan of black plants. Here in the Northeast, things are dark and dreary all winter long, I want bright happy colors in my gardens :)

I LOVE the black velvet! I think it is elegant and classy and beautiful in the garden! Bring it!

No use for black plants - leaves or flowers. I want my garden bright, & I agree that green is the best background color in the garden.

RUR crops - really don't want to eat them, or have anything to do with them. Sounds like the potential for "unintended consequences" is astronomical.

Can understand Utah passing the Right to Garden Law - there are a lot of big families, survivalists, & people who simply prefer to live off the grid there. Grow-your-own food is not a new idea there. Wish it was encouraged in more places.

However, how do you pass a law that encourages kids to play outside ? Does it create "watch" groups of parents who take turns looking after the kids on suburban streets & in parks ? Mandate excellent weather (neither hot nor cold) for a certain # of days/year ? Require an automatic "kill switch" on all gaming devices, videos screens & monitors that activates after X# of minutes of use ? Or maybe it mandates an absence of both electronics & adults for a certain # of non-school hours, so that kids must use their wits to entertain themselves ?

The dangers of GMO's are several orders of magnitude greater than the threats posed by mere pesticides. The threat is inside the plants, the threat is replicated, the threat has very complex biological effects that are hard to trace, the threat is being very carefully covered up by profit making interests, and the threat spreads uncontrollably in the environment.

This technology is the most powerful technology ever played with by profit making entities and it is being released on all of us without any safety studies.

I hope gardeners don't look away from this topic. It is 100% relevant to everybody.

My sister is a private school teacher in Seattle. She recently got a new kid in her class (he's coming from a public school). He doesn't know what to do at recess. He has no idea how to PLAY.

When this same sister was a public school teacher in Chicago, her school had a play ground. But they weren't allowed to use it because the kids might get shot. So recess was inside in a gym.

Perhaps the Utah law is meant to influence not just parents but schools?

Slippery sloop to major environmental issues. GMO discord is certainly the direction we should all be leaning toward.

Great Blog, I started gardening a few months ago and now its all I want to do, I have been in a related business ( Patio Furniture ) for several years but until now I found that is great hoby 2, thanks for all the info, I have a lot to learn I think, jejeje

Wow, Utah is quite a state.

Though it sounds silly, some kids and parents are so disconnected from outside, from nature, from all that we gardeners take oh-so-for granted that yes, legislation can help put them back on track. Behavior can (but doesn't always I admit) change with policy that acknowledges and attempts to fix the problem. Can it hurt to encourage kids to go outside and play? Probably not, and if it turns some heads and changes thinking, and gets even one family away from screens and off their duffs and hands in the dirt that would be a good thing.

As to Utahans worrying about the feds taking out or taking control of backyard gardens, I think the feds have bigger fish to fry (like sticking their nose into where exactly GMO pollution is blowing and who it's affecting)...so much got twisted around about recent passage of that law...

And if food gardens are partially about public health and safety as Utahans apparently think, and with which I agree, they have set an odd bar. Texas just passed, following Utah's lead, a law that allows university students and faculty to carry guns on college campuses so everyone will feel safer. Fortunately, there is no argument as to the health merits of carrying guns. These are the only two states with such a law.

All in all, sounds like some mixed up thinking about what is good for people and the planet.

I have to point out that in Utah family gardens are extremely common. Not that any government agency is going to swoop in and take them away any time soon, but it's good politics to protect something so popular!

Even though black plants tend to disappear in the garden - I still want NEED want thpse Black Velvet petunias. I think in a good container combo they'll be real sweet.

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