Did I get your attention? Did that statement make you a little perturbed? I hope so. I recently realized that the seed company that I buy from, Botanical Interests, is owned by corporate giant and leading purveyor of genetically modified seeds, crops and chemical pesticides, Monsanto. Sure my seeds are organic and I purchased them from an employee owned co-op called Armstrong Garden Center, but as I always say, vote with your wallet. Well there is no hanging chad here, I cast my vote for the wrong candidate. While I am not intentionally supporting Monsanto, it could have been avoided by simply doing a little bit of research. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me? This ends here and now with some ways on how we all can avoid putting our hard earned money into Monsanto’s wallet when growing-your-own.
Research before you buy. Head on over to your favorite search engine to search for “Monsanto owned seed companies” or “seed companies that do not buy from Monsanto” or “Is [specific seed company] owned by Monsanto?” Look for seed companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge as follows:
“Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms poses great biological risks, as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.”
Join a Seed Library. I love being a member of the Seed Library of Los Angeles or SLOLA for short. I can’t stop talking about SLOLA to my friends and family, whether they are gardeners or not. Even if you don’t ever plan on checking out and saving seeds at the end of your growing season, it is still a great cause to support. There are many other seed libraries across the globe, get involved.
How do you avoid Monsanto influenced seeds and products? Tips, not of the monetary kinds, always welcome. – GreenUp! Guy