Inanimate object, “almost preening with salt”

This odd, dispiriting, dispirited but “ain’t ancient hippies cool!” piece should have been headlined Funereal Is the New Modern for Farmers. But it did contain one valuable nugget. “An Oregon seed farmer” notes that he got into that corner of the business because he saw “seed was the key to wealth and independence.” Whatever else you think about the GMO issue, know that the key to Big Ag’s  patent&destroy strategy is exactly that: Control the seeds and you control everything. (Sorry — nothing funny about it.)