A farmer’s fight to keep it pure

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A farmer’s fight to keep it pure

Avondale man joins movement to prevent genetic modifications
Avondale-area farmer Dan Hobbs, who grows organic garlic, beans and squash on about 30 irrigated acres, is among a score of organic farmers fighting patent-infringement lawsuits from Monsanto, the agricultural company that specializes in offering seeds for high-yield, genetically modified crops.
So far, specialty crops that Dan Hobbs grows, such as this purple Guatemalan fava bean, have not been targeted for genetic modification. But Hobbs wants to prevent further encroachment.
Jamie Dunston tends her seedlings in the greenhouse at a farm near Avondale. Dunston and partner Dan Hobbs raise seed for eight varieties of garlic and a couple dozen other vegetables.

A farmer’s fight to keep it pure

Avondale-area farmer Dan Hobbs, who grows organic garlic, beans and squash on about 30 irrigated acres, is among a score of organic farmers fighting patent-infringement lawsuits from Monsanto, the agricultural company that specializes in offering seeds for high-yield, genetically modified crops.
So far, specialty crops that Dan Hobbs grows, such as this purple Guatemalan fava bean, have not been targeted for genetic modification. But Hobbs wants to prevent further encroachment.
Jamie Dunston tends her seedlings in the greenhouse at a farm near Avondale. Dunston and partner Dan Hobbs raise seed for eight varieties of garlic and a couple dozen other vegetables.
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