A farmer’s fight to keep it pure

A farmer’s fight to keep it pure

Avondale man joins movement to prevent genetic modifications
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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.
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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.
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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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