Safe Seed Sourrces for your Garden
I get a lot of emails from gardeners concerned about where to get “non-GMO” garden seeds or seeds that are 100% not contaminated with other GMO crops. This is an excellent question and one that needs to be addressed when growing your own food. Especially when you consider Monsanto’s ownership of a major garden seed company. Monsanto owns 4,336 patents of various genetically-modified plants.
When looking for a great source for your personal garden, I highly recommend buying from smaller farms near you who specialize in organic production. Look for either the certified USDA label or the “Safe Seed Pledge” that several companies/farms are starting to sign in order to ensure they do not deal with GMOs. I also highly recommend heirloom varieties rather than open-pollinated, so you are getting a pure-bred plant. Do your homework before purchasing seeds.
Once you purchase a healthy selection of your own garden seeds, begin practicing seed saving from these vegetables, fruits and herbs once they mature. There are a couple of great books on seed saving techniques (i.e. Seed to Seed), so this skill ultimately puts you in control of your very own seed supply. One vegetable plant can produce hundreds of seeds, while many herbs can produce more than a thousand seeds from a single plant.
Also beware of certain large-scale companies that are tied in with the GMO companies. For example, Seminis Seeds is owned by Monsanto. Seminis is a huge garden seed company that does major retail to many national stores who place garden seeds on their shelves. So, if you’re buying garden seeds from major retail stores near you, chances are you’re supporting Monsanto.
My friends over at FarmWars.com have an excellent article on the frightening marriage of Monsanto & Seminis. Everything in the garden begins with the seed. As the farmer or gardener, it is up to us and the selections we make with our seeds that ensures a healthy bounty from all our hard work.