Seed Libraries = Terrorism!?
In June 2014, officials from the Joseph T Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture notifying them that their recently opened seed library was in violation of the state’s Seed Act of 2004. In order to comply with the act, the library would have to test all seeds for purity and germination rates — a requirement prohibitive to the functioning of a seed library. Officials claimed this precaution was due to the threat of “agriterrorism,” but many critics interpret it as an attack on local empowerment and small-scale producers.