Clever Crooks, Despicable Scam

Farmers are only as good as the seed they use. Planting poor seed inevitably leads to a poor crop.

So it’s easy to sympathize with farmers in Uganda, who are being victimized by counterfeit seed. A new report from the World Bank says that counterfeiting gangs there dye regular maize with the pinkish orange of industrially processed maize seed. The farmers pay hard-earned money for seed that won’t even grow.

Clever crooks, despicable scam.

The U.S. agricultural system has its flaws. But the seed con in Uganda should remind us that, on balance, our system works well.