The Four Steps Required to Keep Monsanto OUT of Your Garden

by Sarah GardeningComments: 588

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Seed catalogs for the upcoming growing season are arriving in mailboxes across the Northern Hemisphere with home gardeners everywhere starting to plan which seeds they will sow in their spring gardens. A positive trend in recent years is the growing number of gardening enthusiasts choosing to plant gardens using organic and/or heirloom seeds.

What most of these home gardeners don’t realize is that corporate behemoth and GMO titan Monsanto has been gobbling up the seed market faster than a caterpillar can munch a tomato plant! With one fell swoop in 2005, Monsanto grabbed approximately 40% of the US vegetable seed market with its acquisition of Seminis.

This means that a home gardener could unknowingly be supporting the development and proliferation of genetically modified crops if the seeds used are from Seminis.  In addition, Monsanto now apparently owns the trademark for many of the names of the heirloom seed varieties themselves!

Planting a sustainable home garden is much more than just choosing certified organic seeds and seedlings because Monsanto has cleverly positioned itself to make money off the home gardening trend.

Does this mean that even if you buy organic or heirloom seeds from a completely independent company some of your purchase might be supporting the bad guys?

Yes, it does.


Home gardeners would do well to bone up on where to purchase their seeds so they aren’t inadvertently doing business with companies that maintain a working relationship with Monsanto-Seminis or were acquired by them.

Buying Organic or Heirloom Seeds Without Supporting Monsanto

Here are the recommended steps for the 2014 growing season for those who want to truly strike a blow for sustainability in every way with their home gardens:

  • seeds of changeAvoid buying from the seed companies affiliated with Monsanto. Here’s a list of these seed companies by location (click under “Where to Buy” and select your location for a list of dealers to avoid):


  • Buy from companies Monsanto HASN’T bought and are not affiliated or do business with Seminis:  The graphic to the right indicates numerous companies that are worthy of your patronage as compiled by the International Seed Saving Institute. Please note that this many not be a complete list.  If your seed company does not appear, just be sure to clarify with the owner about any potential affiliation with Monsanto-Seminis before buying from them.



Background on Monsanto’s Quest for World Seed Domination

Monsanto’s corporate quest is clearly to make money on each and every one of us whether we choose to eat supermarket frankenfoods produced with abominable, patented GM crops or carefully plant and tend an organic garden at home.  Here’s some background information on the subject you may find interesting as well as enlightening:

If you are a home gardener and have information to contribute regarding these steps, please add to the discussion in the comments section.  Also, please spread the word via gardening forums you may participate in that folks need to be very careful when seed sourcing for their spring gardens this year else they might be unknowingly supporting Monsanto.

Let’s make this the year when Monsanto’s grip on the worldwide seed market loosens and the movement to seed sustainability gains momentum!

**Update:  The day after this article was originally published in 2013, the CEO of a large GMO soybean seed company in the Midwest emailed me complaining that the article was short sighted and insisting that Monsanto is helping feed the starving people of the world.  He even went so far as to say that GMO crops are “proven safe”.  Click here for the text of this CEO’s entire email plus my written reply.

I have also received email complaints from two other seed companies, one in Canada and one in Arkansas, that do business with Monsanto-Seminis and were offended by what they viewed as inaccuracies in the post.  In response, I have adjusted the text slightly and moved linked sources to within the text rather than only listed at the end to make the message of the post as clear and precise as possible so as to not result in any consumer confusion over the information.

I have received no complaints about this article from seed companies completely independent of any affiliation or ties to Monsanto-Seminis.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


More Information

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The Hydroponic Invasion of USDA Organic

Heirloom vs Hybrid Produce

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Comments (588)

  • Steve

    How in the world did we ever allow a corporation to “own” a seed?!? I get that they own a complex freak of nature frankenseed that they developed in a lab, but heirlooms too? Weren’t these around far before the seed companies?

    May 24th, 2016 10:34 pm Reply
  • Beans

    Please someone help me understand this: on a website of a seed company i read the following “Vesey’s Seeds Ltd. does not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered or modified seeds or plants. Vesey’s has also signed the safe seed pledge and we continue to encourage healthy gardening practices for all of our customers.” Then below that “In the event that an organic product is not available, we will substitute with untreated seed of a similar variety, unless you specify that you do not want any substitutions.”
    So when I read the article, and saw that one of the four ways to keep Montsanto out of a garden was to buy from a company that has taken the “Safe Seed Pledge”, is that in itself now adequate?

    March 17th, 2016 1:39 pm Reply
  • Carrie

    Great article except for the fact the Seeds of Change is owned by Mars which is a pro-GMO company. Don’t buy Seeds of Change seeds if you don’t want to support the bad guys.

    January 24th, 2016 6:17 pm Reply
  • Matt

    If you want to know more about Monsanto, do your homework and take some time watch these videos:
    How it started…
    Who they are…
    What they are doing…
    Search Monsanto and the honey bee colapse (Colony Collapse Disorder). Just search Monsanto and their history to get a real understanding of who they are. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, just a little common sense. You might find it interesting, or likely disturbing, at what you find.

    August 20th, 2015 8:36 pm Reply
  • JesusIsLord

    Bottom line any company trying to create seeds that don’t produce seeds is a very bad thing. The only end result to this is a company that has totally rid the earth of what God had created, which are seeds that keep producing a next generation to feed humans of the world. PEOPLE DO SOME RESEARCH! You don’t have a right to create a monopolizing genocide “New World Order” by deleting all of Gods natural seeds for profit or control. It is every humans duty to stop companies such as these who secretly pass seeds and food to unexpecting people for all future generations. We don’t need genetically modified seeds that hurts the world. God already made them perfect. Plant will and have always naturally evolve. And for you disinformation spinsters on this site who work for these companies where are your morals? Is profit worth more than future generations of children who will have to live on this earth or have you already sold you soul? Yea you may not be 100 years from now but your children and grandchildren will. I couldn’t imagine a world where you can’t buy seeds unless it’s through the one company that covered the world with suicidal seeds. I can promise you one thing God will not stand for this and neither will humans who actually care about the earth. You’ve been warned.

    May 19th, 2015 3:41 am Reply
    • sony

      Wow! Thank you for that very well put comment. I agree and sometimes I feel as if it really couldn’t be true because it seems soo diabolical but isn’t that what the native Americans thought as well I guess we should all beware of this dangerous convenience for it really is too easy to get strawberries in December

      February 8th, 2016 2:48 am Reply
  • Rebecca

    Greetings Sarah! I am from east coast Fl! ;-). I have been following your blog for quite some time, but I had a question! The graphic of all the seed companies that are good(?) looks like it is paired with companies Monsanto has bought…mountain rose herbs and territorial seed company are two of my faves…they are not owned by Monsanto right?

    April 28th, 2015 7:17 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Mountain Rose Herbs is good … not sure about the other one.

      April 28th, 2015 10:36 am Reply
      • Robin

        Hello, does Donald Trump’s support Monsantos?, and since Monsanto produces so many seeds which turns into food why are there still people starving to death in the world?

        May 15th, 2016 11:58 am Reply
  • danie

    Where can I find organic non gmo soil?

    April 13th, 2015 2:05 pm Reply
    • Mantus85

      Hi Danie,

      Have you tried organic compost? I have previously used lobster compost. Very great product.

      Where do you live? Are you talking about potting soil or replacing soil in the ground?

      – Mantis

      August 9th, 2015 1:26 am Reply
  • Leah

    we need to petition the gov on … neighbors and the gov NOT being able to use weed killers and lawn chemicals where other neighbors are trying to grow food. When neighbors use these chemicals they don’t stay put they drift and runoff onto neighboring properties … if second smoke is regulated, so should first hand poisoning.

    March 25th, 2015 5:44 pm Reply
  • Brande Plotnick

    It is getting increasingly difficult to keep these guys out of the garden, and there is so much confusion out there. I have written about it as well on my blog, Tomato Envy. Some of the confusion is about GMOs vs. hybrids – people think they are the same. And, some don’t realize that home gardeners cannot buy GMO seeds, but instead they could be financially supporting GMOs based on who they buy from. Thanks for this article and your helpful site!

    January 27th, 2015 1:48 pm Reply
    • Kev

      I don’t think that most home gardeners would opt for a GMO seed anyway. At least I hope not. The USDA also states that a more correct term for GMO is GE (genetically engineered), so do we now have to wonder about products that say “NO GMO” on the package but the genetically modified trait still exist because of a loophole in terminology? Nothing would surprise me with our unregulated food system. Just like the USDA states about the “USDA ORGANIC” logo seen on packaging… “It is a marketing tool, it is not a statement about food safety, nutrition, or quality”.

      February 9th, 2015 7:38 pm Reply
  • Maria Lopez

    Gardening is really good specially if you have your own space or plot to take care the veggies in the backyard. It is sad that a blatant act of aggressive control of the world’s supply is very rampant nowadays, one day there will be chaos in this planet. Monopoly even in food production is very visible wherever you go, I just hope that organic farming will be more prioritize than giant companies who use chemicals.

    January 8th, 2015 9:25 am Reply
  • Les

    Home Gardeners Can’t Even Buy Genetically Modified Seeds

    January 4th, 2015 8:37 pm Reply
    • Joe

      American Seeds (This is not the Plantation Products Co.)
      Audubon Workshop
      Breck’s Bulbs
      Cook’s Garden – % of Monsanto Seed
      De Ruiter
      Dege Garden Center
      Diener Seeds
      E & R Seed Co.
      Earl May Seed
      Fielder’s Choice
      Flower of the Month Club
      Garden Trends
      Gardens Alive
      Germania Seed Co.
      Gold Country Seed
      Heritage Seeds
      HPS Seed
      Hubner Seed
      Johnnys Selected Seeds – 4% Monsanto seed
      Jung Genetics
      Kruger Seeds
      Lewis Hybrids
      Lindenberg Seeds
      McClure and Zimmerman Quality Bulb Brokers
      Mountain Valley Seed
      Natural Gardening Company – % of Monsanto seed
      Otis S.Twilley Seed Co.
      Park Bulbs
      Park Seed – % of Monsanto Seed
      Park’s Countryside Garden
      Pioneer Seed (a DuPont company)
      R.H. Shumway
      Rea Hybrids
      Rocky Mountain Seed Co.
      Roots and Rhizomes
      Seeds for the World
      Seeds of the World
      Seminis Companies
      Seymour’s Selected Seeds
      Spring Hill Nurseries
      Stone Seed
      T & T Seeds, Ltd.
      Territorial Seed Company – small % of Monsanto seed
      Tomato Growers Supply
      Totally Tomatoes
      Vermont Bean Seed Company
      Wayside Gardens
      Western Seeds
      Willhite Seed Co.

      March 18th, 2015 6:47 pm Reply
      • sherry

        Thank you Joe – I needed a map! I bought a lot from Johnny’s recently…unfortunately! ugh – maybe I can return them.

        May 14th, 2015 1:34 pm Reply
  • Lyon

    I’m confused. I have “Black Beauty Eggplant” by “Seeds of Change” but Seeds of Change is not supposed to support Monsanto but the seeds are named using the Monsanto trademark?

    December 2nd, 2014 12:08 pm Reply
    • Lori

      Seeds of Change is owned by Mars Foods Inc which is a pro GMO company.

      December 28th, 2014 9:28 pm Reply
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  • Paul W.

    You have depicted the logos of the best seed companies in the U.S. and described them as such: Avoid buying from the seed companies affiliated with Monsanto. Here’s a list of these seed companies by location (click under “Where to Buy” and select your location for a list of dealers to avoid):
    Are you deliberately trying to cause confusion?

    August 29th, 2014 4:47 pm Reply
    • Allison K

      I believe if you read the text, what she is saying is that Monsanto actually owns those companies.

      September 18th, 2014 1:16 pm Reply
      • Tessa

        Monsanto does not own Territorial Seed. My uncle, Tom Johns, does. Territorial is organic, non-gmo.

        December 15th, 2014 2:15 pm Reply
        • Elk

          You apparently read this wrong. Territorial Seed is in the section that says:
          Buy from companies Monsanto HASN’T bought and are not affiliated or do business with Seminis.

          January 23rd, 2015 1:33 am Reply
        • foodie

          But they do deal with HILD which is owned by Bayer CropScience…developers of Liberty Link GMO and pesticides.

          February 25th, 2015 2:44 pm Reply
  • Sylvia H Percy

    After finding certified organic seeds, has anyone found a way to prevent cross pollination by GMO crops? Corn is especially vulnerable to this contamination. It seems to me you would need to enclose your corn crop in a greenhouse or a filtering-type of fabric to prevent cross-pollution by GMOs.

    Also Baker Creek is on the good list above in the article, upper left of the company names to buy from.

    August 6th, 2014 12:08 pm Reply
  • Cherie Doudna via Facebook

    oh thank you sooo much for the list……we just planted a garden a few months back…….and I was scared (weird to say that) that our seeds were going to be bad……but they are fine… happy to have found your site and this list!

    July 26th, 2014 12:24 pm Reply
  • Connie Parker via Facebook

    Where can I get these catalogs ? Thanks for info.

    July 26th, 2014 9:05 am Reply
  • Lori Swain Maier via Facebook

    Awesome article!

    July 26th, 2014 6:15 am Reply
  • Jay

    Does anyone have a compiled list of Safe seed & fruit tree companies? and how do u know if your fruit trees u have are safe or not?

    July 15th, 2014 12:12 am Reply
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  • cheryl

    Try a local source! You would be surprised how many people actually save their seeds. On Long Island we have Salt of the Earth Seed Co. They stress the importance of open sourced seeds and transparency on where there seeds come from.

    June 4th, 2014 2:23 pm Reply
  • Marquita Luciano via Facebook

    Where can you buy fruit trees or actual bushes or plants verses the seed?

    May 30th, 2014 6:19 pm Reply
  • Erin

    Great article! Does you or anyone know where I can buy actual GMO & Organic Plants. Its too late for seeds at this point.

    May 30th, 2014 12:55 pm Reply
  • Sandy

    My friend knows a small organic farmer in Utah that sells non-gmo heirloom seeds on

    I bought some from him last month and started my first garden and so far every seed I planted has sprouted!! They were harvested last season so they have a high germination rate.

    He sends a ton of seeds in his seed pack, so if you are thinking about planting a garden here’s a small local farmer you can support :)

    May 29th, 2014 2:41 am Reply
  • Mindy

    No offense intended here, but please know that just because a seed company has taken the “safe seed pledge” does NOT mean that it is “Monsanto-free”. At all!

    Still must dig deeper.

    May 27th, 2014 4:12 pm Reply
    • edward

      I agree. Baker Creek Seed sells Black Beauty which is shown to be owned by Monsanto. So who does one actually believe.

      May 29th, 2014 11:42 pm Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        They may do business with Monsanto though … many folks don’t even want to do business with an independent company that does business with Monsanto.

        May 29th, 2014 11:59 pm Reply
      • teri

        Baker Creek isn’t the only one. Multiple companies that have taken the pledge carry it and advertise it as “organic.” Regardless of being organic or not, I do not want ANY of my money making it’s way to Monsanto. So now I have several seed companies…Bonnie Plants, Vermont Wild Flower Farm, Burpee, Park, My Patriot Supply, to name a few. I am writing emails to all of them telling them why I won’t be doing business with them. If they are carrying one Monsanto product, they are carrying more….

        June 1st, 2014 9:43 am Reply
  • Andrea Juhasz via Facebook

    The sad truth is that Monsanto is in fact in Hungary. They are just not allowed to sell GMO seeds. :( I would be the proudest of my country of origin if they banned them completely….

    May 23rd, 2014 11:53 pm Reply
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  • James P. Pace

    Surprisingly absorbing points you have mentioned, thanks for writing.

    May 10th, 2014 2:00 pm Reply
  • Tracey

    For those that want to try a different supplier, give us a try. We are 100% California based and have been in business for over 5 years supplying organic & heirloom seeds of all kinds. Her’es our website:

    May 8th, 2014 9:41 am Reply
    • teri

      You carry Monsanto products too. When you stop, I will do business with you.

      June 1st, 2014 9:44 am Reply
  • Kim Owens via Facebook

    Good article for you Beth!

    May 2nd, 2014 5:55 am Reply
  • Scout Payne Gibson via Facebook

    Nicole Hoffmann

    May 2nd, 2014 1:29 am Reply
  • Christine Dubay Lovett via Facebook

    you forgot to mention to people that Scotts Miracle-Gro that people oh so love to use is the principal agent for Monsanto and a huge supporter as well

    May 1st, 2014 6:47 pm Reply
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    May 1st, 2014 5:44 pm Reply
  • Helen Rosner McDonald via Facebook

    I save my seeds as much as I can… some from over 10yrs ago… and I buy from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company , I’m only 45 miles from them ….

    May 1st, 2014 4:32 pm Reply
    • teri

      I used to love Baker Creek. But, as long as they carry ANY products from Monsanto, I will not be doing business with them.

      June 1st, 2014 9:45 am Reply
      • Sammi

        Baker Creek Seeds are NOT owned by Monsanto. I had opportunity to visit their farm, and they are very hands-on and conscious of the quality of their seeds being organic, non-gmo and mostly heirlooms. If you are ever in that part of Missouri, it’s worth taking a day to visit…and eat lunch in their restaurant made entirely of goodies from their gardens.

        February 13th, 2015 3:45 pm Reply
  • Arleene Keel Martin via Facebook

    Well this just totally ruined it. My favorite heirloom seed company was bought out? NOOO!

    May 1st, 2014 2:25 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Addeo Arbach via Facebook

    Thanks for sharing!

    May 1st, 2014 2:19 pm Reply
  • Tomia

    It’s all so confusing. All I want is to have truly organic garden. Does anyone know where I can buy organic (non-gmo/GE) vegetable plants? I found one place on the list (the natural gardening company) but the shipping is astronomical in comparison to what I had been paying with my old companies! I don’t mind naturally crossed hybrids, just no genetic “fiddling”. Also, has there been a determination about Bonnie plants and any association to Monsanto??

    May 1st, 2014 9:03 am Reply
    • teri

      Bonnie Plants carries Monsanto products.

      June 1st, 2014 9:46 am Reply
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  • Anne Thomlison via Facebook

    I am finding this very confusing. Which seed companies belong to Monsanto and which do not?

    April 18th, 2014 7:28 am Reply
    • Amy

      Yeah, the graphic needs to be moved to point #2.

      April 26th, 2014 7:16 pm Reply
  • Amy

    Also, am I safe to find a type of vegetable that a Safe Seed Pledge Company has on their website and buy it from my local farm supply store? Ex. Danver and imperator carrots are listed on a company’s website that’s taken the pledge. Does that mean all danver and imperator carrots are safe or just from that certain company?

    April 17th, 2014 4:13 pm Reply
  • Amy

    Hi! I am totally new to gardening and want to start right. I just returned from my local farm supply store in my town and when I asked about organic/non-gmo seeds the man said, “oh you mean seeds that haven’t been tinkered with?” He took me over to a section and said that these seeds were antique and hadn’t been messed with. This sounded pretty good to me, but I was a little unsure. He gave me a small paper booklet of Wax Seed Company a local company 30 miles away. I’ve been going through it and comparing it to your list and the only time a Monsanto name pops up is under their list of hybrid seeds. I called Wax and the lady told me that other than hybrid seeds they don’t sell any seeds that have been genetically modified. So my question is can I trust that, and would these seeds be ok:

    Danvers half long carrots
    Cucumbers- Ashley, long green improved, space master
    Romaine lettuce
    Zucchini dark green or black beauty
    Tomato- Rutgers, marglobe

    Any help would be SO much appreciated

    He also mentioned Bocto soil which he said was chemical free?

    April 17th, 2014 4:01 pm Reply
  • James T Huckaba via Facebook

    The less Monsanto the better.

    April 14th, 2014 11:34 pm Reply
  • Craig Wille via Facebook

    i am 95% sure all the seeds I have germinated for this season is monsanto’s own now :(

    April 14th, 2014 11:00 pm Reply
  • Bethany Leisure via Facebook

    James T Huckaba

    April 14th, 2014 10:20 pm Reply
  • Celia Dvorachek Zimmerman via Facebook

    Can anyone point me to a great tasting organic (non-GMO) Sweet corn seed? Seedsavers didn’t do it for us last year.

    April 14th, 2014 9:55 pm Reply
    • Deborah Lowry

      I found this site on here – lots of seed companies to go through, some offer one thing, others offer more.

      They also have flowers and herbs, a few fruits

      April 22nd, 2014 6:20 pm Reply
    • Scott Pedry

      I’ve have great success with Clear Creek Seeds. Grew their Golden Bantam corn last well that did well.
      It’s non-gmo, non-hybrid. Other places also carry it but they also had the peppers I was looking for.

      May 26th, 2014 8:09 am Reply
    • Kelly

      Botanical Interests out of Colorado, they are on the non gmo committed list attached to this aritcle

      May 7th, 2015 4:44 am Reply
  • Cheyenne Lachele Kelly via Facebook

    Craig Wille, this may be interesting to you.

    April 14th, 2014 9:50 pm Reply
  • kathny

    This is an interesting article, but it doesn’t go far enough. Knowing about seed companies is great if you start seeds, but what about the people who go to WalMart or the Home Depot or their local nurseries and buy plants for the gardens? What about the bags of manure, compost and mulch that you purchase for your garden? did you know that many of the cows that your manure comes from have been fed GMO corn? Some of the soils, mulches and compost has been treated to prevent weeds? You need to delve more deeply into the subject.

    April 13th, 2014 8:14 pm Reply
    • Teresa

      Check with local farmers and we have a local zoo that makes compost.

      January 27th, 2015 2:43 pm Reply
  • Geni

    I try to be careful about where I buy seeds and what ones I buy. Thank you for your listings. I have a question. Totally Tomatoes and Tomato Growers say they have no GMO seed but I don’t see them on your list. Can you tell me if I should be concerned buying from them? Thanks.

    April 12th, 2014 6:17 pm Reply
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  • Sandy Rees via Facebook

    This makes me so sad. Thought we could avoid all this nonsense by growing organic. Now this. Would it be a smaller task to list what companies we can buy from? This is wrong on so many levels. Monsanto is evil

    April 6th, 2014 8:48 am Reply
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  • J.c. Loy via Facebook

    I order seeds from

    April 5th, 2014 7:08 pm Reply
  • Jill Tyndall Dial via Facebook

    I ordered my seeds from Sow True Seed

    April 5th, 2014 6:04 pm Reply
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    April 5th, 2014 5:32 pm Reply
  • Donald Sutherland

    My wife and I are organic vegetable farmers.

    Hybird seeds are being Genetically Engineered by Monsanto and the Big Six Seed companies using a genetic cell fusion technique within same species (Cisgenic) to avoid the transgenic (intermingling of different species) GMO backlash.

    The USDA NOSB board is meeting at the end of April and they will be reviewing the current permitting of Genetic Engineered (GE) cisgenic cell fusion in organic production.

    Do you know of any organic/environmental/science/farm organization who opposes GMOs and opposes the USDA NOP GE/GMO cell fusion standard who will be attending this meeting?

    I am attaching my statement on the matter for your review.

    Donald Sutherland

    Monsanto in the nineties got the USDA to agree GMOs are significantly equivalent to natural forming plants.

    Monsanto and the Big Six Biotech seed companies create and patent most of the world’s Genetically Engineered hybrid seeds using cisgenic and transgenic cell fusion methods.

    IFOAM bans cell fusion in their organic standards production because it is GE and hybrid seed made with GE cell fusion are GMOs.

    USDA NOP Organic production standards permit GE cisgenic cell fusion.

    Monsanto and the Big Six Seed companies believe their untreated patented GE cisgenic cell fusion hybrid seeds qualify for organic farming under USDA NOP cell fusion regulations.

    Organic seed companies and organizations not opposed to GE cisgenic cell fusion and using GE cisgenic cell fusion in their seed production are significantly equivalent to those GMO Biotech Seed companies and organizations who endorse GE cisgenic cell fusion as significantly equivalent to current USDA organic production standards.

    Best Wishes,
    Donald Sutherland
    Long Life Farm
    Hopkinton, MA USA

    April 4th, 2014 5:56 am Reply
    • Tomia

      Wow thanks Donald! It’s all so confusing. All I want is to have truly organic garden. Does anyone know where I can buy organic (non-gmo/GE vegetable plants? I found one place (the natural gardening company) but the shipping is astronomical in comparison to what I had been paying with my old companies! I don’t mind naturally crossed hybrids, just no genetic “fiddling”. Also, has there been a determination about Bonnie plants?

      May 1st, 2014 9:01 am Reply
  • Michelle

    Loved this post and shared it on my blog’s Facebook page. Bought my seeds from Baker Creek this year :) Thank you!

    March 24th, 2014 4:29 pm Reply
    • Michelle

      There was an error and it didn’t post my website.

      March 24th, 2014 4:34 pm Reply
    • Deana Tankersley

      I’m with you Michelle,bought our entire garden seeds from Baker Creek this year..and this way we can help keep the pure seed line going.. (y)

      April 22nd, 2014 1:04 pm Reply
      • cebialik

        Baker Creek is owned by Monsanto. It’s on the do-not-by list.

        July 26th, 2014 7:14 am Reply
        • Bill

          A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Where do you get such a crazy notion? First you blast Monsanto then you pick on a small seed company like Bakers. Did you actually call the owner of Bakers before making this statement? Where is your proof? Monsanto wants nothing to do with independent companies like Baker, also they want nothing to do with OP varieties and little in retail seed sales to home gardeners – there is no money in this. They market a few old hybrid varieties from the Peto/ Seminis era to home owners – but nothing new in 10 years. Monsanto is a pure capitalist American company.

          July 26th, 2014 10:10 am Reply
        • Sammi

          FYI…Baker Creek Seeds is NOT owned by Monsanto!!!

          February 13th, 2015 3:47 pm Reply
  • Sarah Austin via Facebook

    Baker Creek, aka, is listed as one of the offenders. There is no way possible that is true. “We do not buy seed from Monsanto-owned Seminis. We boycott all gene-altering companies. We are not members of the pro-GMO American Seed Trade Organization! We work with a network of about 150 small farmers, gardeners and seed growers to bring you the best selection of seeds available! Many of our varieties we sell were collected by us on our travels abroad.” Please research and edit as needed. Thx.

    March 23rd, 2014 10:02 am Reply
  • Abby Heubner Ritchie via Facebook

    Peggy Heubner

    March 23rd, 2014 7:20 am Reply
  • Sharon Rodeffer via Facebook

    Do you know if all grass seed is Monsanto? Can’t find any in the stores without Monsanto on it….

    March 22nd, 2014 10:58 pm Reply
  • Ryan Ballantyne via Facebook

    Nah…Monsanto isn’t the devil. The Devil is the one who gleans ideas from Monsanto.
    ; )

    March 22nd, 2014 10:27 pm Reply
  • Amber Hoover via Facebook

    Christie Riordan

    March 22nd, 2014 10:17 pm Reply
  • Debbie Jacko via Facebook

    Monsanto is the devil.

    March 22nd, 2014 10:11 pm Reply
  • Lori

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  • Just a guest

    Wow, that is a whole lot of comment and argument and a free for all. Discussions are nice when everyone can play nice. My post here is for the author…though y’all can feel free to have fun with it too. I believe something was left out. I believe there should have been some mention of finding out what your neighbors are growing. It does little good to to enforce a no Monsanto, no GMO buying policy with regards to seeds if your neighbor is growing stuff that is GMO; cross contamination will occur with pollination and may contaminate your plants and future seed. I believe I read that the common pollination zone is up to 10 miles in radius so even if you are growing organic heirloom seed and saving the seeds they may not be pure if the guy 5 miles down the road, the old lady across the street, or the guy with next patch over at the community garden is not as judicious in his seed choice. So far as I know there is no way to control what is planted around me.

    March 15th, 2014 2:47 am Reply
  • jon

    The article lists “habanero” as being an heirloom variety whose name has a trademark held by Monsanto. I highly doubt this is the case as their is no mention of it on the USPTO website, and the fact that the name “habanero” has been used for centuries for this variety of pepper. It is a generic name. “Red Savina Habanero” is in fact still trademarked though.

    March 14th, 2014 1:53 pm Reply
    • HP

      I searched for a few other names in the USPTO trademark database, and none of them came up as valid trademarks.

      March 27th, 2014 7:17 pm Reply
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    March 9th, 2014 10:01 pm Reply
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    March 9th, 2014 12:29 am Reply
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  • Dijea

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    March 8th, 2014 9:20 pm Reply
  • Michael Jacobs

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    March 7th, 2014 9:06 pm Reply
  • Curtis Jones

    Hi! We have had several calls from people who think we are associated with Monsanto because our logo in the box of non-Monsanto companies is across from the Associated with Monsanto paragraph. We ARE NOT associated with Monsanto! I founded the business along with my beautiful wife and have dropped varieties – non-GMO varieties – that were sold by companies owned by Monsanto. Just thought you should know some people are misinterpreting the graphic! Thank you! Curtis Jones, co-Founder, President, Botanical Interests, Inc.

    March 7th, 2014 5:13 pm Reply
    • Katie

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      January 31st, 2015 2:46 pm Reply
      • GBNashville

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  • Katie R.

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    March 7th, 2014 11:03 am Reply
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  • Bob Jackson

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  • Dar Brooks Helwig

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    November 25th, 2013 4:30 am Reply
  • Gardengirl

    I’m definitely anti gmo. This topic is informing, but I’m concerned at how many people are quick to judge without thinking of the consequences. I’m a faithful customer of William Dam Seeds. My grandma was and still is a faithful customer as well. They have consistently given excellent customer service and high quality. They work hard, and have worked hard for decades. Their grandad was a poor immigrant who built up this business from scratch, lacking many advantages established businesses had. Now years later, along comes a careless, thoughtless blogger who doesn’t think about what damage her words will do. She doesn’t think about how her article could ruin a family business that has taken years to establish, and tarnish their reputation for years to come. It’s easy to see why any owner of a small seed company might get frustrated, or even angry watching years of hard work and earned trust go down the drain with one little article. Oh, they shouldn’t sell Monsanto seeds or administration seeds you say. Okay. Where do you work? Who owns your company? Which companies is your company linked to? How much waste does your company generate? Does your company support in any way any of the following: deforestation, unfair wages, slave labour, child labour, water pollution, air pollution, soil pollution, soil erosion, oil industry, plastic industry, pharmaceutical industry, agriculture industry, factory farming, etc. See what I mean? It’s easy to say you buy organic, they can too. But how are you getting the money to BUY organic? Have you gone after the company you work with for supporting and contributing to any of the above? I thought not. It’s easy to get on our high horse and ruin another person’s life. But you would sing a different song if it happened to you. I’m not saying it’s okay to buy administration seeds or support gmo companies. What I wish people would realize is the damaging affects their words can have on people, especially today.

    November 19th, 2013 6:44 pm Reply
    • Harvastmoon

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      August 4th, 2014 3:38 am Reply
    • Kelley

      To inform folks about what companies sell GMO free seed’s is not a crime. If the seed company you use decided to work with Monsanto then maybe they will change their minds and go with GMO free seed’s in the future.
      As far as supporting other companies that are big polluters, I make it a point to not do my research and not do business with them a well. I would urge others to, for example, not buy anything made by Georgia Pacific. Owned by the Koch family and one of the biggest polluter’s of our country. That’s just one example but do some research.
      Kudo’s to the blogger for doing the research and sharing this important information.

      March 3rd, 2015 10:41 am Reply
    • GBNashville

      What exactly are you saying. That despite the facts we shouldn’t do our part in exposing these companies. Small or not and I’m sorry for them but if they chose to buckle under the big guys propaganda and what should be illegal in the US then so be it for them. If we don’t shut them down and I’m not sure we can since they own so much and threaten so many farmers then what is the alternative. As you say in your post what about all the others. Well let me tell you that if we all do our part in some way that adds up to a big part in the scheme of things. These people are evil and they are convincing even the small people that they are the way to go either by schmoozing or by arm twisting. Either way is wrong and if they can’t be stopped then we must stop buying from them.

      April 5th, 2015 6:07 pm Reply
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  • teri

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    In an article I read about this problem, it was pointed out that a seed grower/producer who had been providing seeds to a company that actually sold seeds to the public and had been bought by Monsanto would need time to establish a business relationship with a seed selling company that was not owned by Monsanto. Many of these small seed producers have worked hard to produce healthy organic and/or heirloom varieties of plants and never intended to have their seeds sold by Monsanto. If we all immediately stop buying from companies owned by Monsanto these seed producers will be hurt before they have time to find someone else to sell their seed.

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  • Lynn Lepisko

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    July 5th, 2013 6:42 pm Reply
  • Ronaldo

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    June 30th, 2013 9:49 pm Reply
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  • Patty

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    June 24th, 2013 11:40 am Reply
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    May 23rd, 2013 2:27 pm Reply
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  • David O’Daniel

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    May 19th, 2013 9:58 pm Reply
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    May 9th, 2013 11:28 am Reply
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  • Heather

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  • Crystal

    So what does this mean? When I purchase seeds I am just inadvertently giving my money to Monsato, I am I purchasing seeds that may have GMO material in them, or both?

    April 27th, 2013 11:40 am Reply
    • Chris Rodgers

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  • Momoftwingirls

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    I went to check online for a seed company located in Kentucky, and found one. Ferry Morse is the one I found, the only one. I found an article shortly after talking about how their seed factory terminated all their employees right after lunch, some who had been there for 40yrs!
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    April 16th, 2013 8:08 pm Reply
    • Bill

      Sherry, alittle knowledge is a dangerous thing – Burpee is not owned by monsanto it is owned by Ball family. Watch what you read on the internet

      April 17th, 2013 10:53 am Reply
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      Burpee is privately owned by the Ball family – do not believe everything on the internet

      April 17th, 2013 11:39 am Reply
      • teri

        Correct, Burpee is not owned by Monsanto HOWEVER, they do sell Seminis seeds so, you have to be careful what you buy from Burpee. If you buy Seminis seed, regardless of WHO you buy it from, you are buying from Monsanto and thus, putting money in their pocket.

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        April 18th, 2013 1:34 pm Reply
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          April 18th, 2013 2:25 pm Reply
          • teri

            I am boycotting Monsanto. Where does it say that I am boycotting companies that sell Monsanto?? I just won’t buy Monsanto. Why? Because I choose to not put GE foods in my body if I can avoid it. I also don’t eat Agent Orange or DDT.

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            April 19th, 2013 9:15 am
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    April 15th, 2013 12:25 pm Reply
    • Katherine Haag

      Monsanto-free seedlings: Not sure about where you can get them, but as a clue to where you might look, I know sometimes I can get organically-grown seedlings from a local farmer’s market. Also, there’s a local garden store that sells only organic plants, seeds, and such.

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  • Corrie

    Thank you for this article! Confirmed that my long time supplier of awesome seeds, Victory, is a good one! Sooooooo happy:) Monsanto can keep their scummy hands off my food! I read labels at my local Coop too and avoid any boxed food that does not have the GMO free logo on it. I am also getting better at propagating my own seeds, one day I will be a very good gardner!

    April 2nd, 2013 2:06 pm Reply
  • Sharon

    Would it be o.k. if I put a link to this web page on a blog page of mine? It’s a very well thought out and informative article!

    April 2nd, 2013 6:24 am Reply
  • angelszenden

    The seedsavers exchange is a non profit collective of heirloom farmers who have taken the safe seed pledge. The seeds for sale in thier catalog are grown at Heritage Farm and have no ties to Monsanto. They do not appear on any of your lists.

    April 1st, 2013 1:17 pm Reply
  • kerry

    I’ve been using Baker Creek for all of my seeds for the last few years. My garden has transitioned to all heirloom seeds over the last 4 years and I love what I grow! I will stick with Baker Creek (, because I’m SURE that Gerre Gettle will NEVER sell out to the corporate food killers.

    April 1st, 2013 5:58 am Reply

  • Amanda @Natural Living Mamma

    This is a wonderful post full of great resources. Thank you so much for putting it all in one place. I am definitely sharing it on FB and hopefully linking it in a blog post soon! Thank you for all your hard work and research.

    March 30th, 2013 9:49 pm Reply
  • Anita

    I only saw one mention of Territorial Seed Co. in the comment feed. This comment indicated Territorial is A-OK, but it is not listed on the GOOD list. Any information out there? Thanks.

    March 30th, 2013 1:54 pm Reply
    • Justin


      Territorial is an awesome source for some great varieties. They do, however, source a small amount of conventionally-grown (not organic) seed from Seminis, a subsidiary of Monsanto. That is why they are not on the list. Nothing they sell is GMO.

      hope this helps,

      June 7th, 2013 11:50 am Reply
      • Jas

        As of their 2012 catalog, Territorial no longer sources seeds from Seminis.

        February 17th, 2015 4:50 pm Reply
  • Susan Hamilton Bruss via Facebook

    Oh, dear God, what next?

    March 30th, 2013 1:09 pm Reply
  • Rox

    I don’t have to read a thing to know I want nothing to do with gmo’s..I want to read who else wants nothing to do with them

    March 30th, 2013 12:17 pm Reply
  • Diane Jasmine via Facebook

    I like this Laura but if we live in communiities that do not allow gardening this is not an option, Yes, it is a wonderful thing to do but we can still keep the push on our government to label foods by writing, callings etc, see the video from last night?

    March 30th, 2013 9:34 am Reply
  • Corina Rice Campbell via Facebook is also a good one

    March 30th, 2013 1:21 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    You must be doing something right if the big wigs are calling you. Keep doing it.

    March 29th, 2013 9:45 pm Reply
  • Jack burgess

    followed site containerseeds. com, this site is some kind of joke, links to see what seeds they offer lead no where. waste of time don’t you check out the sites you recomend? see if they real work?

    March 29th, 2013 6:28 pm Reply
  • Belinda

    I was beginning to doubt that it was possible to find some intelligent content for once, I was getting tired of the retarded
    drivel I find on a daily basis, thanks.

    March 29th, 2013 5:44 pm Reply
  • Dawn Shepherd via Facebook


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  • Tammy Jacobs Clark via Facebook

    I have already bought seeds for my garden from “Seeds of Change in CA and “Vegan Seeds from FL” Do you know anything about either of these companies?

    March 29th, 2013 4:43 pm Reply
  • Sergio Carlos Bahamondes via Facebook


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  • Janet L Beckham via Facebook

    Good resource

    March 29th, 2013 2:04 pm Reply
  • Kayla Saadeh via Facebook

    Jody Strom

    March 29th, 2013 1:38 pm Reply
  • Kelly Seibert via Facebook

    Thanks so much for the lists and keeping us informed!

    March 29th, 2013 1:01 pm Reply
  • Shana Mc via Facebook

    I LOVE

    March 29th, 2013 11:17 am Reply
  • Jerilea Hendrick via Facebook

    A few weeks ago Sarah posted an awesome list of seed providers on her website! :) Check it out

    March 29th, 2013 10:59 am Reply
  • Jerilea Hendrick via Facebook

    A few weeks ago Sarah posted an awesome list of seed providers on her website! :) Check it out

    March 29th, 2013 10:59 am Reply
  • Eileen Foster via Facebook


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  • Chris Hemmings via Facebook

    Well I read one of the above (from Chelsea Nord), who turned out to be a Libertarian-pro-big-corporations-sort-of-a-guy. Biased? Well, just maybe: to save you the effort, here’s the last paragraph:

    “Anti-GMO conspiracy theorists should stick to quack science and retreat from their misguided foray into regulatory analysis. GE food poses no threat to human health or the environment. The absurd reaction to this provision shows how desperate the anti-GE crowd has become.”

    Not exactly a neutral, objective observer, eh?

    March 29th, 2013 10:42 am Reply
  • Stephanie White via Facebook

    Also, the point is not whether or not you’re a shill; the point is that you need to consider the source.

    March 29th, 2013 10:40 am Reply
  • Joy Baisden via Facebook

    I cant believe this even happened. We can no longer trust our government. I did hear that Obama was looking in to veto this but there was a certain rider missing that would have allowed him to do so?

    March 29th, 2013 10:34 am Reply
  • Tressa Romeo via Facebook

    You can just collect seeds from your organic fruits and vegetables and use those seeds for your garden and know that they are free of GMO.

    March 29th, 2013 10:23 am Reply
  • Lisa Reina Gruich via Facebook

    Is it safe to buy seedlings and how would you know what you’re buying?

    March 29th, 2013 10:20 am Reply
  • Cindy Kazenas-Ibbotson via Facebook

    Julie, I had no idea. I thought just grabbin some seed pkts at Walmart and planting my garden with no pestisides was good enough. Ahhhhhhh

    March 29th, 2013 10:16 am Reply
    • Chris Rodgers

      The seeds will be OK. No one, including Monsanto is making genetically modified vegetables and their seeds yet. This article is pointing out that Monsanto is now selling vegetable seeds although the name on the package will be from a company that is buying seed from a company that is owned by Monsanto. See how complicated things can get? Those who have developed and grow good healthy organic and/or heirloom seeds to sell to a company that in turn sells the seeds to another company such as Burpee or Seeds of Change, finds that now somehow Monsanto is in the mix and making a profit from their seed. I would like to see an article that helps educate the public about how seeds are produced and marketed to the public.

      August 30th, 2013 10:08 am Reply
  • Melissa Kelly via Facebook

    I’m totally on board with this, but I keep hearing this thing he passed is completely untrue and doesn’t even exist. and said its not true.??? Either way I wish everyone would wake up! I am lucky to live in a great community that is very aware of GMO’s and their danger.

    March 29th, 2013 10:14 am Reply
  • Kathy Schroeder via Facebook

    what a disaster- shame on congress and the prez.

    March 29th, 2013 10:14 am Reply
  • Stacey Gorham via Facebook

    So sad we have to go to such lengths to even find seeds that are not tainted.

    March 29th, 2013 10:04 am Reply
  • Silvia Alexandra Hudson via Facebook

    Zena Morency, pretty crazy that I find this post today after asking you about it yesterday!!

    March 29th, 2013 9:47 am Reply
  • Stephanie White via Facebook

    Chelsea, the rider only ‘protects’ farmers if farmers are trapped within a system that offers few options. Monsanto has a monopoly on a number of crops and they protect that monopoly with legislation such as this. USDA is complicit in protecting that monopoly, which obviously reduces agrobiodiversity and puts our food system at risk.

    March 29th, 2013 9:42 am Reply
  • Jennifer Holdridge Black via Facebook

    Chelsea…I hear what you are saying. The issue is that Monsanto needed to “protect” the farmers so that they would feel “secure” in “investing” in next year’s seeds. This is the issue.

    March 29th, 2013 9:36 am Reply
  • Rebecca Gill via Facebook

    Please stop tearing each other down. Educate gently and without arrogance. There are many cancers in the world, only some come from bad foods.

    March 29th, 2013 9:32 am Reply
  • Kristin Rose via Facebook

    We bought a bunch of heirloom seeds to do exactly this from seed savers exchange.

    March 29th, 2013 9:29 am Reply
  • Chelsea Nord via Facebook

    I didn’t say it all makes it better, but you also aren’t understanding the point I was making. I am not defending Monsanto. It is more about protecting that farmer’s investments for that year. (And please don’t think that I mean the money Monsanto gets for their investments) I am saying that a farmer’s crop is their livelihood. The investment costs to raise a crop, regardless of whether its GMO or Non-GMO is astonishing and pulling a crop out from under a farmer without proper proof that it is dangerous for consumption, or without something to protect them from losing that investment for the year (similar to crop insurance) – could be devastating to not only that year’s profit, but their whole farm’s security.

    March 29th, 2013 9:28 am Reply
  • Hanna McCown via Facebook Are two sites for safe seeds.

    March 29th, 2013 9:21 am Reply
  • Chelsea Nord via Facebook

    Actually, I honestly didn’t know it was on their blog. I got it from a corn growers organization site and thought it was from them. But those links are from separate places on the internet, Monsanto didn’t write those posts or force people to write them so they are independent sources.

    March 29th, 2013 9:21 am Reply
  • Christy Saffold Freeman via Facebook

    Thank you Sarah!!!!

    March 29th, 2013 9:20 am Reply
  • Christy Saffold Freeman via Facebook

    Thank you Sarah!!!!

    March 29th, 2013 9:20 am Reply
  • Hanna McCown via Facebook

    We’re all doing the best we can. Thank you for this information.

    March 29th, 2013 9:20 am Reply
  • Jodie Hummel Godush via Facebook

    Snopes has their own interests as well, and they make plenty of “mistakes.” Think about it: if they were so accurate, they would be the ones delivering our news. Don’t rely on them like they were gospel…they’re not.

    March 29th, 2013 9:19 am Reply
  • Sergio Carlos Bahamondes via Facebook

    I just built a garden and I would like to know where to buy good seeds. I am a first timer. 😉

    March 29th, 2013 9:17 am Reply
  • Em

    Good call on that response you wrote to the CEO. The truth is that their GMO products are poisoning a huge portion of the population who develop allergies and food sensitivities to their monstered varieties. Feeding the world while killing it, more like it. Excellent topic, dear friend.

    March 29th, 2013 9:15 am Reply
  • Nicola Herring via Facebook

    We need to get some press on this situation (like you did with kraft) to get this thing yanked outta there!!

    March 29th, 2013 9:09 am Reply
  • Nicola Herring via Facebook

    so so sad. *sigh*. And to think that it got in there anonymously. If you believe so much in something then don’t be afraid to back it up with your name. The victory garden is a GREAT idea :)

    March 29th, 2013 9:08 am Reply
  • Brandy Mills via Facebook

    Kristine, isn’t that a documentary? My husband and I are shoveling dirt into our raised bed gardens right now….I guess I better go back outside and help!

    March 29th, 2013 9:06 am Reply
  • Courtney Wiemann via Facebook

    Or don’t buy cereal in the first place and eat WHOLE foods for breakfast. 😉

    March 29th, 2013 9:01 am Reply
  • Sandra Fraser Maurer via Facebook

    if only the government would stop subsidizing corn and soy… and start subsidizing organic produce. that would cause the price to be able to go down Cindy

    March 29th, 2013 9:00 am Reply
  • Audrey Hussey via Facebook

    Cindy, find a food co op, or buy by the case from Amazon. Whole Foods is overpriced.

    March 29th, 2013 8:59 am Reply
  • Kristine Smith Cocchiarella via Facebook

    I hate to point this out, but we were always on our own. The government wants us fat, sick and nearly dead as there isn’t any money in the alternative…

    March 29th, 2013 8:59 am Reply
  • Jennifer Holdridge Black via Facebook

    Lol. Chelsea – protect the farmers? The farmers who plant Monsanto seeds. Interesting how that makes it all better. How about it protects Monsanto’s future shares because now the farmers will continue to plant their seeds with the additional protection this provision has afforded them!

    March 29th, 2013 8:58 am Reply
  • Audrey Hussey via Facebook

    The problem with the rider is that the so called studies can take a very long time, meanwhile, who is conducting them? And please stop quoting snopes. Do your own research. They cherry pick articles just like everyone else.

    March 29th, 2013 8:58 am Reply
  • Cindy Gallo via Facebook

    Mayb we can all eat healthier if whole foods can reduce their prices and/or these companies can enlarge the quantities of their packages. A very small box of cereal for $5? Ridiculous! I have three kids to feed. They need to lower prices or make their servings bigger.

    March 29th, 2013 8:57 am Reply
  • Stephanie White via Facebook

    @ Chelsea, interesting that you took your language directly from Hmmmm.

    March 29th, 2013 8:54 am Reply
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    March 29th, 2013 8:51 am Reply
  • Amy Lemmon via Facebook

    Thanks for this article. In light of this weeks (and the on going) control of our food chain … I have been thinking so much of what changes need to be done. I try to talk to people but am so often faced with people just not knowing how to make change. So I am reaching out to very knowledgeable and articulate people like you … I think not only do we need education about what is happening to our food chain and what we should be doing BUT how to do it! It is so difficult to change everything we do … buying groceries (especially on a budget and for big families), cooking, planning new meals, finding local sources, etc… all without supporting Monsanto and other big business. Would love to hear your ideas!!!!

    March 29th, 2013 8:50 am Reply
  • Amy Renner Whalen via Facebook

    So glad I have my High Mowing catalog in front on me

    March 29th, 2013 8:49 am Reply
  • Chelsea Nord via Facebook

    I saw a post about this bill being passed and have seen a few people quickly getting upset about it. Here is another post where they actually read the provision and found that it doesn’t protect Monsanto, it actually protects the farmer. Check out this post to get both sides of the story.

    From Illinois Corn: On the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act,” has anyone who’s upset about it actually read the provision itself?

    Here’s NPR’s Salt on what it is and isn’t: Did Congress Just Give GMOs a Free Pass in the Courts?

    A blogger in Oregon actually has read what’s contained in the provision: Falsely labeled “Monsanto Protection Act” doesn’t protect Monsanto, it protects farmers

    Ag Professional had a story on the provision in July of 2012 (yes, it was around in July of 2012; so much for being “snuck through the system”)

    March 29th, 2013 8:44 am Reply
  • Kerri Convertito Lato via Facebook

    Horrible…why don’t we ask Monsanto and president Obama what’s on their dinner plate tonight??

    March 29th, 2013 8:43 am Reply
  • Laura Truelove

    I have seed packets that are made by:
    – American Seed
    – The Page Seed Company
    – Burpee
    None of these were on either the Monsanto affiliated or the non-affiliated list – how do I find out if they are?
    Thank you,
    March 28, 2013

    March 28th, 2013 12:36 pm Reply
  • dennis

    hey guys. does anyone know if these seeds are safe?

    March 28th, 2013 8:46 am Reply
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    March 23rd, 2013 11:04 pm Reply
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  • Stone

    Thompson & Morgan claim to have taken the Safe Seed Pledge… not sure how to verify that, though.

    March 14th, 2013 1:09 pm Reply
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  • gypsy b

    This is a good article, BUT listing the names of the seeds does not do justice to the people independent from the companies, who try to keep heirlooms pure. Many of those names have been used long before monsanto got in the game. My advice is to know you’re supplier. I deal with private gardeners who know the history of their seeds.

    March 9th, 2013 11:36 am Reply
  • Sam

    I just tried opening these links and the only one that works is the seminis one. Please update!

    March 8th, 2013 1:12 am Reply
  • Cristina

    Has anyone else had trouble getting the website to open?

    March 8th, 2013 12:55 am Reply
  • Robert L

    I see that Southern Exposure has signed the pledge. The seeds are sold at MOM’s. I hope they are independent from Monsanto.

    March 6th, 2013 9:35 pm Reply
  • Linda Parker

    It amazes me that the seed companies associated with Monsanto actually believe the lies they’re being told. How is Monsanto helping to feed the starving people of the world? The only way they would care about any starving people, is if they are profiting off of them by feeding them their toxic foods grown with their genetically modified seeds. It’s not natural and it’s not healthy and any seed company that refused to see that is as bad as Monsanto. The FDA approves whatever is in their best interest to approve. They could care less whether what they are approving is safe or not. They have proven that over and over again. The day that people in bed with Monsanto open their blind eyes and see what’s going on, will be a wonderful day. I don’t know if it will ever happen though, so I can only hope that enough people can stand together against these big corporations who care nothing about the health and well being of anyone but themselves. I hope they enjoy their big bucks while they are destroying a large part of our food supply. THEY MUST BE STOPPED AT ALL COSTS!!! I sure hope it happens soon, before they get an even stronger grip on our food supply.

    March 5th, 2013 10:07 pm Reply
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  • Willy

    Check out this article about Seminis and Monsanto – maybe we are jumping to conclusions. Here is someone who took the time and called Monsanto.

    February 28th, 2013 8:40 pm Reply
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  • Christy Stewart

    It must be nice to be able to have principles and live the life one wants. When you live below poverty level, and can only afford the cheapest foods, GMO’s come along with the program. And buying seeds is out of the budget as is the cost of creating a garden, then paying the water bills to keep it all alive in hot zone 10. I wish I could live a perfect organic life. But it isn’t possible right now….and may never be.

    February 19th, 2013 9:42 pm Reply
    • teri

      Christy, I find myself wondering a couple of things….1) Why are you on this site if you don’t have a garden, 2) what, exactly is the point of your post??

      Frankly, after reading your little note the word that pops into my mind is……Troll…..

      February 20th, 2013 5:05 pm Reply
    • Heather O.

      Christy, I can tell you from experience that just because you live below poverty level doesn’t mean you cannot grow your own food. And don’t let anyone as judgmental as the other person who comment to your post discourage you from seeking advice or help. All it takes to at least give growing your own food a try is a little bit of dirt. Anyone can make compost to amend their soil, which means less watering is needed. Seek out farmer’s markets in your area, THAT is generally the cheapest food you can spend your dollars on. Check your area for local growers, perhaps you can make friends with someone who already grows their own. Obviously you have access to the internet, so do some Google searches on frugal gardening. There are ALWAYS ways to cut back in other areas to get what you want. Our local farmer’s market even accepts food stamps. You ALWAYS have better options available to you. You just have to figure out where they are and get creative.

      March 29th, 2013 1:34 pm Reply
      • teri

        Heather, your passive-aggressive approach is really annoying. If you have a problem with something I said, say so. I am a big girl and can handle it.

        Now, please show me where I was being judgemental of Christy? I asked two legitimate questions. Neither of which she answered. That is not judgemental. Had I posted “you have no right to be here or to comment because you don’t have a garden” THAT would have been judgemental. No, I asked her two questions and made an observation that her post, having no apparent point to it other than “oh, poor me….I can’t afford to grow my own food (which is baloney, as you point out) and all you people who actually have money should feel sorry for me” to me screams “troll.” Apparently you don’t know what a troll is. Typically they post meaningless, pointless statements designed to get people riled up.

        April 18th, 2013 1:31 pm Reply
    • Robin S

      Christy, I live at poverty level and have 8 raised beds that allow me to grow about half my years vegetable supply (and overwinter kale, chard, etc). I used free pallets (untreated woods to create my first beds, and some manure from local horses to help build my soil. I bought a barrel from habitat for humanity and made a composter (had to keep animals out)

      I spend about $30 a year on seeds and people give me leftover seeds that they have. I grow alot of garlic which is pretty remarkable because two big heads creates alot of garlic.
      The best thing is to start small..maybe just with garlic, or lettuce and one raised bed.
      Hope this helps you start. Peace and love, Robin

      May 9th, 2013 10:32 am Reply
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  • Heather W

    I have personally used many seed companies from Canada (as I am Canadian) and was upset to see some of their names on this list. After further research, I see a lot of the information in this post is not true and that gets me angry. I’m going to continue to support these seed companies in Canada. As a consumer, it’s very important to research information before you make a decision. Often it is one-sided. I support the Weston A. Price Foundation but find many of the posts on this blog are not completely accurate. What bothers me is that when others refute what is written or challenge it, they often do not get a response (from Sarah). This lack of response does NOT lend credence to the blog post. If you can’t defend what you say, then you should not be posting it. Silence, in this case, is not golden, it’s rather cowardly. I’m all for health but not for the high-horse attitude one gets on when one thinks they are on the right path (I notice this in the raw/vegan food movement as well as in many religions). It’s really very bully-like and limits credibility. Please think carefully before you damage someone’s livelihood. And, if you are going to post information that will get someone’s dander up – then be prepared for an argument. If you don’t know how to argue, then maybe you shouldn’t be running a blog that often challenges the way people live, because not everyone agrees with you, and sometimes, you just may be wrong. Be big enough to admit it when you are.

    February 19th, 2013 3:52 am Reply
    • teri

      Heather, there is no way to correct the errors if you don’t point them out. Which Canadian seed companies are incorrectly noted to be selling either GMO seeds or seeds owned by Monsanto (not all Monsanto seeds are GMO).

      February 20th, 2013 5:07 pm Reply
  • Robert Little

    Thanks for the update on Virmiculite. I loved starting my seeds (sq ft garden) in virmiculite. I am looking forward to using that again this spring.

    February 18th, 2013 11:46 pm Reply
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  • Alex

    Re: Burpee

    I came across this today:

    February 17th, 2013 2:53 pm Reply
  • Liz

    In Canada you can try OSC Seeds

    February 16th, 2013 9:56 pm Reply
  • Li Cross

    Thank you for sharing this information. Monsanto sends Millions to Texas A&M to push their agenda through the system. Even Texas Farm Bureau is pushing GMO! I thought those farmers were smarter than that! Money is the root of all evil and I pray that some of these Farmers wake up and realize what they’ve done.

    February 16th, 2013 7:24 pm Reply
  • gaby@727m2

    It’s like the whole Hemp Conspiracy of the early 1900’s all over again! How can the US government stand by and allow this to happen… this power, bullying and underhandedness by Monsanto is very distasteful and should not be allowed to happen.

    February 16th, 2013 6:49 pm Reply
  • Elle

    Video – If its still available, watch this excellent documentary at:

    If GMO is so great, why can’t we get food labeled and why are there no unbiased health studies?

    February 16th, 2013 4:09 pm Reply
  • willy

    West Coast Seeds is a good company, but not different than any other mainline seed company. They carry organic and conventional seeds – not just organic. Some of thier product line is from Seminis also.

    February 16th, 2013 3:29 pm Reply
  • kittykat

    Hi there! How about West Coast Seeds in Canada? Their seed guide is full of information on how they have only organic, non-GMO seed. I’d be interested in their business ownership/affiliations… Thanks!!

    February 16th, 2013 12:19 pm Reply
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  • Mindy, The Homespun ARTisan

    WOW! I had honestly never thought about how I might be supporting the evil Monsanto by purchasing organic seeds or seedlings at my local nursery!

    Thanks, Sarah, for putting together the 4 easy steps. Those links are INVALUABLE!

    I suppose that if we discover our local farmers are growing organic Monsanto-owned varieties, we should express our concern and let them know. Perhaps they aren’t aware…

    February 11th, 2013 1:11 pm Reply
  • LM

    Excellent question,Danielle! Does anyone have a substantiated answer?

    February 10th, 2013 10:43 am Reply
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  • Danielle

    Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I am not having any luck researching this. What about cotton clothing? Can I find any that is not bt or gmo? I am concerned especially for my young children and what they are wearing. Are there certain countries of origin I should avoid or just assume it is all bt and look for organic cotton? What about what they call green cotton or Oeko- tex certified?

    February 9th, 2013 5:11 pm Reply
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  • Elle

    Award-winning documentary “Genetic Roulette” is online until Feb 10th! A must see for anyone who eats:

    February 8th, 2013 11:06 am Reply
  • Brande Plotnick

    Thanks for this timely post, Sarah! Unfortunately, I think the non-GMO seed market and which companies are “safe” to buy from is going to be a moving target as Monsanto strives to gain even more power over our food supply.

    February 7th, 2013 4:06 pm Reply
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  • Elle

    I shared this blog only to stand corrected. Read the rebuttal from William Dam, president of Wm. Dam Seeds:

    February 6th, 2013 11:24 am Reply
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  • Susan Gaydos

    Peru just BANNED Monsanto! Come on America – do we really want corporations to control our FOOD? Amend the constitution to abolish the ability of corporations to exercise never intended constitutional rights

    February 5th, 2013 6:06 pm Reply
  • Kylie Lichty

    News to me that Monsanto can own an open pollinated variety that has been on the market for years and that countless other seed companies grow in their own supply. Other comments have been made to clarify this. A British Columbian seed growers email group has talked about these “lists” of bad vs. good and have decided it is not accurate. Perhaps home gardeners can look for seed companies who actually grow the seed they sell. Then you know the profits do not go to Monsanto.

    February 5th, 2013 4:10 pm Reply
    • teri

      Monsanto owns Seminis. All I am saying is, if you buy ANYTHING from Seminis or from someone who bought it from Seminis, you are buying it from Monsanto. What is so difficult to understand about that??

      February 5th, 2013 6:07 pm Reply
      • Nicole

        It is difficult to understand because not all the varieties listed are coming from Seminis. Seminis produces them but they are not the only seed company who produces that seed. Take Marketmore 76 seed as an example, Seminis produces this seed, but other non-Monsanto affiliated seed companies also produce this seed. By spreading information that leads a reader to believe that all Marketmore 76 seeds are Monsanto tainted is misleading and unethical. It would be much more ethical to guide users to discuss,with the seed company they purchase from, where their seeds come from. Not all seed companies that do business with Seminis are bad companies, some have done business with Seminis for decades.
        If I buy verified non-gmo, non-seminis seed from a seed company that produces the seed themselves, but also offers Seminis seed, what is wrong with that? I would not be putting money into Monsanto, correct?
        Bottom line is that if we put small seed companies out of business because a limited amount of their seeds are bought from a Monsanto affiliate, we are contributing to the demise of small seed companies and Monsanto wins that way as well aka not as much competition.
        Instead make an informed decision to not buy Monsanto Products, not put out of business small companies who have done business with Seminis for years prior to the Monsanto buyout! Contact your seed company and only buy seed that they either produce themselves or come from a non-Monsanto affiliated seed company! You will be sending an even bigger message to these companies, supply and demand. If people do not buy these seeds then these companies will eventually phase these seeds out!

        April 1st, 2013 4:09 pm Reply
        • teri

          Nicole, this one statement of yours: “Not all seed companies that do business with Seminis are bad companies, some have done business with Seminis for decades. ” tells me you are missing at least part of the point….

          No, not all companies that do business with Seminis are “bad” companies HOWEVER, some of us do not want ANY of our money to end up in the bank account of Monsanto. Therefore, we do not want to do business with any company that buys seed from Seminis.

          To simplify: You buy from Company X- Company X buys the seed from Seminis- Seminis is owned by Monsanto- your money goes to Monsanto.

          So, if you want to do business with a company that is buying seeds from Seminis, find out WHICH seeds and don’t buy those. I would also urge those companies to find other sources for seed.

          April 2nd, 2013 8:54 am Reply
          • Nicole

            The problem is there is no simplified answer. If as a consumer you do not buy seed that comes from Monsanto, Seminis, De Reuters…etc your money will not be going to them, period.
            But not buying any product from a company because it sells a limited amount of seed from those companies is only helping Monsanto void the market of it’s competition.

            Example: a seed company has 10 seeds that it supplies its customers with that come from Seminis. The company also grows its own seed with hundreds of other varieties not associated with Monsanto. Your options are to boycott the company and subsequently but that company out of business or simply not buy the Seminis seed. Your option being the former, my option being the latter.

            Makes complete sense to have a small company go out of business clearing the market of Monsanto competition, making hundreds of people unemployed and next time an uninformed person goes to buy seed there is one less option for that uninformed person to go to and most likely they will end up at a big box store buying Monsanto seed. But, as long as the money that was in your possession doesn’t go to Monsanto though it is ok, right?

            By making a conscience decision to not purchase those particular seeds from that company you are doing more good than just simply dropping them, keeping people employed, and by virtue of supply and demand those seeds will be dropped and other seed choices will be available.

            But hey if you really think that boycotting a small seed company that produces some of its own varieties of seeds is going to put Monsanto out of business, have at it. You are only hurting the entire cause and making it easier for Monsanto to rule!

            April 3rd, 2013 2:30 pm
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  • Bert McFadyen

    Add this one to the list.
    Harvest your own seed in the fall. All plants set seed one way or another. Using your own seed will guarantee that you are not using GM seeds. We have grown wildflowers and our garden for over 40 years and love the food from it. We also eat all the food including costmetically scarred foods and mulch the residue. We also farm and can attest that some of our local “Organic Farmers” spray theri feilds at night and buy non organic farmers crops and mix them with their so called Organic product. So don’t be fooled by their stamp of approval. GROW YOUR OWN. If ou live in the city, (I feel sory for you) find ways to grow food on vacant lots or hydroponically inside. And give theexcess to the street people to better their health. Then start finding ways to convince the Managers of business (people) to allow their workers to produce from home. There is nothing more insane than a population sitting in a traffic jam because they, first of all have to dirve where the managers are, all at the same hour for the manager’s convenience! Our independance is at stake and Monsantois just the easy target.

    February 4th, 2013 11:32 am Reply
    • Elle

      Corporate Serfs Unite! A change in society is due, but we can change our lifestyle now. Sitting in front of a computer at home avoids the gas, the resources in a vehicle and tires, and a whole lot of time.

      February 6th, 2013 11:28 am Reply
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  • gwong

    Thank you for your very informative and valuable site. I have had spotty success trying to remineralize my teeth with diet since April 2012. I’m sure you know it can be a daunting task to completely change the way you eat, especially when you live with someone that is a junkfood junky. Though I’ve been cutting down on grains and mostly get my protein from wild caught seafood, pastured or grass fed animals, their organ meats and dairy, I didn’t know how important raw grass fed butter was… until I hear you mentioned, on the Oralwellness Summit, that the first thing you would recommend to cure a cavity was raw grass fed high vitamin butter oil. I already had some raw grass fed butter in the refrigerator, but I never used it and opted for the pasteurized grass fed butter instead to save money. That night after hearing your lecture, I took a heaping spoon full of raw grass fed butter before bed and was more than surprised to see how powerful it was. Within 30 seconds, it completely dissolved the plaque from all my teeth. Since then, I’ve been taking a heaping spoon full before bed every night and all my Periodontal problems have just about completely disappeared. Thank you for your dedication and for you efforts in getting the truth out.

    February 3rd, 2013 7:20 pm Reply
  • gwong

    Thank you for your very informative and valuable site. I have had spotty success trying to remineralize my teeth with diet since April 2012. I’m sure you know it can be a daunting task to completely change the way you eat, especially when you live with someone that is a junkfood junky. Though I’ve been cutting down on grains and mostly get my protein from wild caught seafood, pastured or grass fed animals their organ meats and dairy, I didn’t know how important raw grass fed butter was… until I hear you mentioned, on the Oralwellness Summit, that the first thing you would recommend to cure a cavity was raw grass fed high vitamin butter oil. I already had some raw grass fed butter in the refrigerator, but I never used it and opted for the pasteurized grass fed butter instead to save money. That night after hearing your lecture, I took a heaping spoon full of raw grass fed butter before bed and was more than surprised to see how powerful it was. Within 30 seconds, it completely dissolved the plaque from all my teeth. Since then, I’ve been taking a heaping spoon full before bed every night and all my Periodontal problems have just about completely disappeared. Thank you for your dedication and for you efforts in getting the truth out.

    February 3rd, 2013 7:17 pm Reply
  • dinbuffalo

    Thank you so much for this article! Your links and follow-up are truly informative and helpful. Some suggestions I have: 1. Find that person in your neighborhood who is “the gardener”. There is always one, you’d be surprised, and usually this is the person who has the true heirlooms and is willing to give or sell you seeds and seedlings (as well as advice).
    2. This same person will also probably tell you, “Save your seeds!” Do it, please! Letting just one plant of each variety go to seed will give you more seeds than you know what to do with. Share them, use them. Keep them in a locked vault otherwise. “They” aren’t coming to take your guns, they’re coming to take your seeds! (Ok that sounds a little paranoid, but it makes much more sense in the larger picture, don’t you think?)

    February 3rd, 2013 12:20 pm Reply
  • Crystal

    This is the first year that I will be planting heirloom seeds. I’m very glad that I ran across this informative post before it’s time to start my garden. Thank you.

    February 1st, 2013 4:08 pm Reply
  • eliauw

    Kitazawa Seed Company is the oldest seed company in America specializing in Asian vegetable seeds.
    Does anyone know if they have they been bought by Monsanto-Seminis?

    February 1st, 2013 1:29 pm Reply
  • All Good Things Organic Seeds

    This isn’t entirely correct. I am a seed-grower, and want to help clear things up a bit for folks.

    Monsanto (Seminis) owns ONLY the names of the F1 hybrid varieties on this list, as these varieties are inherently proprietary — only they know the parental lines that were crossed to produce the F1. With few exceptions, every variety on this list is an F1 Hybrid. The open-pollinated varieties on this list (Black Beauty eggplant, Marketmore 76 cucumber, Habañero pepper, Hungarian Yellow Hot Wax pepper) are NOT owned by Monsanto. These varieties are grown and sold by countless independent seed companies (some of them by us as well), and trust me, Monsanto doesn’t get one red cent of royalties, as they do not own the names of these open-pollinated varieties.

    These open-pollinated varieties are on this list because they are also grown by Seminis, NOT owned by Seminis. Seminis is one of many, many companies growing and selling these fine varieties that have stood the test of time.

    If you want to empower yourselves when it comes to buying seed, get to know your seed source. Ask informed questions. Talk to your farmers and your seed-growers, and do your own research. Learn how to save seeds. The above list has been re-posted on many sites, and cited many times, spreading misinformation. I understand the desire to not support Monsanto in any way, as I share this desire!

    Hope this helps…I’m happy to help answer folks’ questions on this issue if they feel so inclined to get in touch.

    all the best,
    Justin Huhn

    February 1st, 2013 3:38 am Reply
    • Bill Dam

      Thanks for the message Justin. You are 100% correct.
      Up here in Canada our climate does not allow for growing of quality seed in quantities required as a seed company. My grandfather tried to grow seed here in Ontario with disastrous results and that was back when the climate was predictable. In vast areas of Canada the weather today is opposite of tomorrow.

      Best Regards,


      February 1st, 2013 9:43 am Reply
      • Elle

        Anyone who grows can also produce seed. Pioneers and homesteaders in upper Canada did it, and we can too. The key is, avoid seeds from the big corporations.

        February 6th, 2013 11:32 am Reply
    • teri

      “Monsanto doesn’t get one red cent of royalties, as they do not own the names of these open-pollinated varieties.

      These open-pollinated varieties are on this list because they are also grown by Seminis, NOT owned by Seminis. Seminis is one of many, many companies growing and selling these fine varieties that have stood the test of time.”

      This is not entirely correct. ANYTHING sold by Seminis results in money going in the pocket of Monsanto because Seminis is OWNED by Monsanto. So, to purchase these open-pollenated varieties from someone OTHER than Seminis, if THEY did not obtain the seed from Seminis, will not result in money going to Monsanto. But if you purchase from Seminis or from a company that bought from Seminis, you most certainly ARE giving your money to Monsanto.

      February 1st, 2013 6:33 pm Reply
  • Justin Huhn

    This article, and the ‘Monsanto-owned-names’ claim and list isn’t entirely correct. I am an organic seed grower, and want to clear things up a bit for folks. First, Monsanto does not own the names of ANY heirloom varieties. Period.

    Monsanto (Seminis) owns ONLY the names of the F1 hybrid varieties, as these varieties are inherently proprietary — only they know the parental lines that were crossed to produce the F1. The open-pollinated varieties on this list (Black Beauty eggplant, Marketmore 76 cucumber, Habañero pepper, Hungarian Yellow Hot Wax pepper) are NOT owned by Monsanto. These varieties are grown and sold by countless independent seed companies (some of them by us as well), and trust me, Monsanto doesn’t get one red cent of royalties, as they do not own the names of these open-pollinated varieties.
    These open-pollinated varieties are on this list because they are ALSO GROWN by Seminis, NOT OWNED by Seminis. Seminis is one of many, many companies growing and selling these fine varieties that have stood the test of time.

    If you want to empower yourselves when it comes to buying seed, get to know your seed source. Ask informed questions. Talk to your farmers and your seed-growers, and do your own research. The above list has been re-posted on many sites, and cited many times. I understand the desire to not support Monsanto in any way, as I share this desire.
    Hope this helps…I’m happy to help answer folks’ questions on this issue if they feel so inclined to get in touch.

    Good luck out there,
    Justin Huhn (

    February 1st, 2013 3:10 am Reply
  • along the wathctower

    Wow! i got to this post late but if you go over to farmwars dot info you will see that BARB personally vetted this issue last fall. the post is under the SAFE SEED LADY NETWORK and she covered tons of seed companies all for the issues SARA highlighted. Many readers wrote in about their favourites and BARB sleuthed them out.

    Check it out it is a momentous research project and she deserves HUGE kudos for her efforts to educate us on who to turn to to keep our food supply safe.

    Stay safe, everyone!

    January 31st, 2013 9:17 pm Reply
  • Polly

    Thank you for posting this info. I am trying to get my seed purchase together and would like to start trying to save seeds as well. Obviously, I don’t want to start out with the wrong thing.

    These Monsanto seed articles always remind me of a book I read, “Season of the Harvest.” It is a lot more sci-fi, but the GMO and the seed control is spot on. (It’s free for kindle right now too.) I think it even simplifies the level of control.

    January 31st, 2013 2:47 pm Reply
  • Chris

    Glad to see Peaceful Valley made this list! They’re truly the best of ALL worlds – non-GMO, mostly heirloom varieties and everything also certified organic. :) Not many companies out there can claim that.

    January 30th, 2013 2:34 pm Reply
    • Polly

      I’ll definitely keep them on my list. Thanks.

      January 31st, 2013 2:48 pm Reply
  • Troy

    Just got a booklet in the mail from “Gurney’s.” Any info on them?

    January 30th, 2013 1:21 pm Reply
  • Carly

    The yard in the pic is gorgeous! Looks so peaceful there!

    January 30th, 2013 10:12 am Reply
  • Janie

    I would like to know if it is possible to get GMOs out of you system once they are present in your body?

    January 29th, 2013 7:09 pm Reply
    • Chris Rodgers

      It doesn’t really work like that. Practically all vegetables are NOT genetically modified. Most of the wheat, corn, soy and cannola that are used in factory produced food is Genetically Modified. (unless it is 100% organic) GMO simply means Genetically Modified Organism. One answer is to NOT buy anything made in a factory. Crackers, Cereal, bread, canned food etc. Cook your own food with ingredients that you know are OK. I use organic wheat and do not use corn or soy at all, or cannola.

      One type of genetic modification makes a plant such as soy able to take more weed killer. Another puts a gene in the plant that enables the plant to produce the Bt toxin which kills bugs that eat it. The Bt toxin DOES goes into your body when you eat the plant and there is a big question about wheather it hurts humans and other mammals, not just the bugs. Some people worry that the gene for Bt taxin could move to a bacteria that lives in your gut and aids digestion. I do not know more about that issue. But I would rather not eat the Bt toxin in any amount. If it causes damage in your body, most would heal if you quit using it although some problems might continue after the taxin has left your body. But the question of the gene being passed to your own bacteria is disturbing if it is possible.

      August 30th, 2013 10:51 am Reply
  • Norm

    Excellent information. Thanks.

    January 29th, 2013 4:27 pm Reply
  • Lezlie Wright

    I signed up for seeds of the month club from Mike the Gardener he said his seed are GMO free. If his seeds are could you add him to the list.
    Thank You
    He is out of Burlington, NJ

    January 29th, 2013 11:13 am Reply
  • Frugal Gardener

    I found this video very enlightening. Perhaps you will to.

    January 29th, 2013 12:51 am Reply
    • Bill Dam

      Thanks for the video – he makes some real valid points.

      January 29th, 2013 12:43 pm Reply
  • vj

    Here is an article about a couple in Orlando fighting city hall to keep their front yard garden.,0,7386168.story

    January 28th, 2013 7:59 pm Reply
  • stephanie hartzell-brown

    when you use any kind of fertilizer or food be sure it too isn’t owned by Monsanto. Many folks don’t know that bags of potting soil contain Monsanto products. Beware!

    January 28th, 2013 6:41 pm Reply
  • Goats and Greens

    I just got my seed order for 2013 in, today. From, and yes they are very much opposed to GMO. Can’t wait to plant all those healthy beet and broccoli seeds!

    January 28th, 2013 6:02 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    This is a wonderful,organic, GMO free company out of Vt.

    January 28th, 2013 5:01 pm Reply
  • Katie B

    I have a feeling that I’m not going to make many friends here, but please hear me out. I feel that I first need to state that I am an organic gardener (who carefully purchases seeds), mindful of what I put into the bellies of my friends, family, and livestock. GMO foods definitely give me the hee-bee-jee-bee’s.

    However… it does bother me a little to read sentences like, “Monsanto’s corporate quest is clearly to make money on each and every one of us whether we choose to eat supermarket frankenfoods produced with abominable, patented GM crops or carefully plant and tend an organic garden at home.”

    Monsanto has a location in the neighboring town from me, and the owner lives about a mile down the road. I have to say, I have been impressed with what his “quest” actually is. His motto is to, “Feed the World”. That is admirable. That has special meaning to me, because we have a Ugandan girl living with us who shared that organic seeds are difficult to grow in her village, but GMO seeds grow well and feed her family. Now, of course, it grows well because it’s not natural, and it is not the healthiest food for her family… but the other option is no food for her family.

    I realize that stories like this do not apply to the large majority of Americans. But I do have to give credit where credit is do… Monstanto wants to feed the world, and they are feeding many hungry people. No, they are not feeding ME, and I hope they are not feeding others that have the means to put healthy foods into their growing bodies, but they are feeding those who cannot grow their own produce or buy organic. I have to respect that.

    January 28th, 2013 4:55 pm Reply
    • Phil Bowyer


      That’s pretty good. The “feed the world” argument is nonsense. They’ve been saying that for years, yet it hasn’t happened, and yet it’s not because there’s a shortage of food, it’s because it’s not being distributed to the people who need it.

      Industrialized countries throw away tons of food that has gone bad because we simply have too much of it. If they really cared about feeding the world, they would make sure that the food got to where it needs to be, but instead they only care about profit.

      If they just cared about feeding the world, they wouldn’t be patenting HUMAN genes, and suing farmers whose farms were contaminated by there seeds.

      I’ll also add, that the so-called food that Monsanto produces is actually harmful to us, and therefore if they were actually able to feed the world, they would actually be killing everybody, slowly.

      We don’t need large industrialized farms, we need smaller farms who grow via sustainable methods that feed their own community. If we want to feed the world, that’s how we should go about it.

      There are many farmers who are going to these places and helping them set up aquaponic systems so they can grow under dry climates, and teach them how to grow food and sustain themselves.

      That’s feeding the world.

      January 28th, 2013 5:05 pm Reply
      • Katie B

        I’m not arguing that their food isn’t harmful. I’m not supporting large, industrialized farms. Again, I am a small organic farmer, with a small head of cattle and a few chickens to feed my family. I agree that organic is better for everyone, which is why I feed my family that way.

        But I will refuse to stick my head in a hole and ignore some pretty remarkable evidences of them following through with their mission statement. I tried to provide a clear example of how GMO seeds have actually helped third-world communities, but perhaps I didn’t do a good enough job at explaining. Maybe we can look at it this way: many homeless individuals go to shelters for meals, those meals often come out of a can, and those cans are filled with anything but organic foods. Is that food good for those hungry bodies? No, not especially. But does it fill their tummies and give them another day to live? Yes, it does. I know you mentioned that if Monsanto is feeding people this way, they are killing them slowly. All I’m saying is that the alternative is to die much more quickly of starvation… I’d choose the former if I were in that situation. I am glad that I’m not — and so I take advantage of my situation and grow/eat organic. And I try my best to share any surplus I might have. But not all of us are that fortunate.

        January 28th, 2013 6:05 pm Reply
        • Phil Bowyer

          Katie, you miss the bigger picture. GMO, by definition, is not only harmful to the body, but also to the environment. This goes beyond feeding people.

          Typical use of these seeds relies on chemical fertilizer, chemical pesticides/herbicides. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how this practice kills the soil, pollutes the plants, and creates superweeds and bugs that thus require increased use in chemicals.

          I’m sorry, but we do not need their “technology” in order to feed people. It’s doing more harm than good. There are better ways to feed people, and giving kudos to a company like Monsanto because they’ve fed some poor people is just short sighted.

          I’m surprised too, because it seems like you really know what you’re doing and I’m a bit jealous of your operation.

          Monsanto is the most evil company on this planet. The harm they do to the world far outweighs anything they do that would be considered good.

          January 28th, 2013 6:16 pm Reply
          • Katie B

            Yes, GMO foods are also harmful to the environment. That is one of the many reasons why I am so thankful for informed individuals like you who encourage smart, organic farming. You mentioned the very true fact that there are many individuals who dedicate their time to helping others in difficult climates set up aquaponic systems and teach agricultural education. That is wonderful! If any of us on this page are able to contribute to that cause, we really ought to — whether that means going ourselves, or supporting someone who does. But in the meantime, until every community has those resources, I’m glad that at least some of those communities have SOMETHING to eat, even if it’s not the best.

            I do and will encourage and support local, organic farms. I am thankful for this article and that the writer is helping gardeners make good choices for this coming spring. It was just that one sentence that rubbed me the wrong way — I just will not make a claim on Monsanto’s behalf of what they’re “really up to” when they actually are feeding people. That’s all I’m saying. But if we can feed people better food, then we ought to do so as well.

            January 28th, 2013 6:37 pm
      • Goats and Greens

        Phil, I am whole-heartedly with you on this. If Monsanto really cared about feeding the world, they wouldn’t be suing farmers who have inadvertantly planted Montsanto-tainted seed (because it blew over the fence, via trespass, and they didn’t know they had it).

        Perhaps there are individuals here and there who work for Monsanto who have ideas of helping humanity, but that’s not the Monsanto bottom line.

        January 28th, 2013 6:09 pm Reply
    • Lynda

      Agriculture in Uganda from Wikipedia: “Uganda’s favorable soil conditions and climate have contributed to the country’s agricultural success.”

      Monsanto’s “feed the world” lie is just that, a lie. Truth is farmers in Uganda are rejecting GE seed. “Haidee Swanby, a researcher for the African Centre for Biosafety said that the purpose of multinationals who have acquired rights to produce GMOs is to make profits by controlling the rights of propagation, making the small-scale farmers dependent on the seed producer by not allowing them to replant harvested seeds, as it has been for generations.”

      January 28th, 2013 8:47 pm Reply
      • Katie B

        I’m sorry, but that means very little to me… having actually been to Uganda, having family living and helping there, knowing the soil first hand, and having a Ugandan farmer currently living in my home, I actually know the difference.

        I’m not trying to insult anyone here, and I feel like the fact that I agree with everyone on this page in regards to most points is being overlooked. I’m not a fan of Monsanto, everyone. I am just not willing to judge their intentions.

        Someone else posted that Monsanto is a band-aid, and I could not have said it any better myself. Band-aids are not what we need — they are not going to really fix things — they are not the long-term solution. But I am thankful for the parts they are temporarily helping until everyone else has the proper help they need.

        January 28th, 2013 10:33 pm Reply
        • Tim

          Maybe you can educate me on this Katie, but Uganda has a LONG history of horticulture and for the overwhelming majority of that time, they grew organically by DEFAULT, and they’re still here after thousands of years to tell the tale so I think that it’s not Uganda itself that can’t grow flourishing organic crops.

          Monsanto garbage grows better in fields that have been assaulted w/ industrial fertilizers and pesticides for generations, whereas organic seeds grow better in organic fields. If the reason that GM grows better in Uganda is because these farmers have been taken for the same ride that we’ve all be taken for (i.e. they’ve used industrial fert and pesticides in their fields for year), then I can hardly say that Monsanto is doing them any favors. They’ve poisoned the fields to a point where the farmers have no choice, they need to buy the poison seed that grows in the poison field, then that sounds a lot like organized crime. So no, no credit to Monsanto. They aren’t feeding the world, they’re destroying our ability to feed ourselves without them.

          January 30th, 2013 6:02 pm Reply
  • Larry Schiller

    Interesting that anyone would accuse bloggers of “hiding behind their anonymity” of the internet. How many millions of dollars has Monsanto and other corporate pesticide and GMO interests to defeat truthful labelling initiatives. In my opinion, Monsanto and all of it’s affiliates can burn in hell. Onward, to our health!

    January 28th, 2013 4:13 pm Reply
  • Bill Dam

    Sarah, thank-you for the link to Organic Seed aliance. It is full of credible information. Things have changed since 2005, but the history and problems as seed merchants are well laid out. Also thank-you for rewording your blog it should reduce the frantic emails I have been recieving from customers. As for occupymonsanto360 – they do have still have flawed informatiion – but I will ask them for thier facts. Again we are an independent seed firm selling to Organic farmers and Gardeners in Canada. In the coming days I hope to post a list of seminis varieties to our website that we have trouble finding replacements for and many of our northern growers depend on them for thier food. We are in a catch22 – we do not support GMOs but we also depend on certain seminis varieties. I wish you all the best.

    January 28th, 2013 3:14 pm Reply
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  • Brittany Ardito

    Thank you so much for putting this article together with good resources to help home gardeners avoid planting GMOs. I am so thankful for what you do :-) Keep up the good work.

    January 28th, 2013 2:19 pm Reply
  • Leigh Jenkins

    I was getting ready to purchase some seeds from Park Seeds. Does anyone know anything about this company. I did not see their name on the list of companies that have signed the safe seed pledge.

    January 28th, 2013 12:10 pm Reply
    • Kylie Lichty

      Not all seed company’s have the time to fill out all the paper work stuff. Just read about the company and maybe it tells more.

      February 6th, 2013 2:26 am Reply
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  • haley nicole

    dont forget sharing! saving and sharing seeds is one of the most noble things you can do!

    January 27th, 2013 10:34 pm Reply
  • Gelgamark

    Wow, you effeminate retards REALLY buy into the nonsensical “Monsanto is evil/ GM food is unhealthy” stupidity. Disgraceful, moronic sheep. There is NO scientific evidence that it’s unhealthy. Anti-corporate, unproductive bandwagoners.

    January 27th, 2013 11:23 pm Reply
    • teri

      Ok genius (as evidenced by your well-thought out, well-written intelligent statement), please be so kind as to provide proof from a source NOT owned by Monsanto that GMO’s are safe. The issue isn’t that we know they are UNsafe….the issue is, there has been no scientific documentation that they ARE. So please, share your knowledge oh brilliant one….post the links to the proof that they are safe!

      January 27th, 2013 11:31 pm Reply
      • Gelgamark

        Well, genius, I’m not the one making the claim. Claims made with no evidence can be dismissed with no evidence. Again, there is NO evidence that GMO foods are unsafe. Maybe you didn’t finish high school?? The ones making the claim must prove the claim. You don’t ask someone to prove a negative, freaking effeminate retard. Get a GED

        January 27th, 2013 11:53 pm Reply
        • Brad

          Language and aggressive tone aside, Gelgamark’s point is logically spot on. You can’t ask someone to prove a negative. The burdon of proof is on the claimant.

          January 28th, 2013 12:56 am Reply
        • biocane

          Here you go Gelgamark:

          Hidden viral genes in GMO sequences that are made for human consumption are NOT what most would call innocuous. Your corporate masters at Monsanto have been caught red-handed by the European Food Safety Authority.

          January 28th, 2013 12:17 pm Reply
        • Goats and Greens

          Gelgamark, the long-term testing on GMO foods was never done, to my knowledge. It should have been done, but it was not. We’re the guinea pigs, now.

          Frankly, my views on GMO’s are nuanced. I’d like to see further studies on “golden rice”. But I don’t think I want pesticides incorporated with my corn, or terminator genes in my other food items. And I don’t trust Monsanto further than I can throw them.

          And, Gelgamark, how about talking WITH people instead of insulting them? You only show YOURSELF in a bad light with that approach. It seriously makes me wonder how far along the educational process you’ve gone.

          January 28th, 2013 6:17 pm Reply
    • Goats and Greens

      Gelgamark, your best bet is to go over and post on CNN. Your style fits right in there with the other opinionators. It’s a great place to go for a laugh when I need one — reading the comments sections there. However, here we go in for conversation without name calling. One can disagree without being disagreeable.

      I for one WORK for a corporation. It’s just not Monsanto. Ever.

      January 28th, 2013 6:36 pm Reply
    • tuffy

      just a Troll–ignore him.

      March 25th, 2014 5:06 pm Reply
  • cheryl

    We purschase all of our seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, This company is located at Heritage Hill Farms in Decorah Iowa. Not only do they produce only heirloom variety seeds, certified & non certified organic seeds they also are invested in bringing back many heritage breed farm animals. Awesome company.

    January 27th, 2013 8:56 pm Reply
  • Pamela Miller

    I am very grateful for this article and every article that comes out against Monsanto. We all need to come together and take charge of our precious lives. Anyone who does this is a true hero! The Seven Sons Farm is also a hero! It takes courage to do what they do! I am grateful to Seven Sons Farm in putting out these very needed articles and in all that they do for our families! Thank you is not enough!

    January 27th, 2013 7:00 pm Reply
  • Erin M

    Hi!! Awesome post. I take exception to one small suggestion. If Monsanto is buying up heirloom variety seeds and names we need to act fast. I personally think they plan to totally eliminate them, so their GMO seeds eventually become the only choice we have. To boycott these heirlooms actually speeds up their plan. We would be doing it for them. I think these are the Monsanto seeds we SHOULD buy. Tiny quantities. Plant them, harvest the seeds and give them away to friends and/or bloggers etc. so they are so widespread Monsanto has absolutely NO power over the heirlooms.
    Just my opinion.

    January 27th, 2013 4:05 pm Reply
  • Corie

    insisting that Monsanto is helping feed the starving people of the world. ….a bunch of bs…there is enough food in this world right now to feed everyone 1.5 times. we could certainly do without monsanto and their evil seeds. wondering though, if I have a garden (which there are farms nearby) if their seeds end up in my garden, can I be sued for patent infringement too?

    January 27th, 2013 2:35 pm Reply
    • Goats and Greens

      Yes. Much of the difficulty with getting food to people who are starving has to do with internal politics in the regions where they are living. It’s a shameful thing, and I know many worthwhile organizations are working to combat this. The solutions are and will be regional-based. Monsanto is proposing a band-aid.

      January 28th, 2013 6:44 pm Reply
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  • IC

    This is a good and clear article that explains how some small seed companies ended up in the position they are in (and how they are getting out of it or have already gotten out of it.)

    January 26th, 2013 4:52 pm Reply
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      January 28th, 2013 6:50 pm Reply
  • Julie in NY

    Thank you for posting this. I got an email from Burpee titled Grafted Heirloom Seeds. I replied, asking if this was an oxymoron. Believe it or not, I did not get a response!

    January 26th, 2013 2:05 pm Reply
  • Tony

    Whatabunchofjokersyouare. There is no difference in health, safety or nutrition from gm and non gm. There is zero testing needed to,prove that organic food is organic – zero but about $50m of testing on each gm trait. You are Luddites who are living in the dark ages

    January 25th, 2013 8:36 pm Reply
    • Helen T

      Better to be Luddites than poisoned.

      January 26th, 2013 8:54 am Reply
    • Erin M

      What if you are wrong?

      January 27th, 2013 4:06 pm Reply
    • Phil Bowyer

      Hate to tell you Tony, but you are dead wrong. There are many documented cases where ranchers have lost their stock due to GMO feed.

      I, along with my wife, have seen significant health improvements since we ditched GMO.

      And here’s a thought, if GMO’s are so safe, and so awesome, and are gonna feed the world, then why doesn’t Monsanto and Dow and the rest want them labeled? If these things are so great, they should want every piece of processed garbage, I mean food, proudly flying the GMO flag.

      Also, if they are safe, why haven’t we seen any independent analysis of them?

      Wake up man, your life is at stake.

      January 28th, 2013 2:04 am Reply
    • Kandi

      Well good, if you think their so safe then you eat the GMO foods and leave the good stuff for those of us who care about our future health, our children’s and the health of this earth. Watch something other then mainstream media and read something other then the studies funded by the big bias businesses your defending.

      February 7th, 2013 11:11 pm Reply
    • A Brogan

      Seriously, do you pay ANY attention to the rest of the world? North American researchers have repeatedly been told that any research into the negative effects of GMOs are ‘career enders’, but the rest of the world isn’t owned by Monsanto. In Hungary they burned all the GMO fields, in the rest of Europe labeling is mandatory due to the hormonal changes is causes in the body as well as the chemicals sprayed on them. The Swiss called the independent studies Monsanto tried to throw at them ‘laughable’ because the methods were so flawed and half the time didn’t even apply to the basic questions they asked. Even Indians are beginning to realize that the GMO rice contains less than half the nutrition (check out ‘golden rice’ sometime). It isn’t about rejecting technology. Technology isn’t good or bad, it’s how its used.

      April 6th, 2014 1:17 am Reply
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  • Bill

    Hi Sarah,

    I have posted on my website William Dam Seeds a rebuttal to your blog. Could you plese read this and see how checking facts in blogs would be good.

    January 25th, 2013 5:04 pm Reply
  • Bill Dam via Facebook

    Monsanto is not buying up organic and heirloom companies – this not true

    January 25th, 2013 4:49 pm Reply
  • Phoebe

    Hot topic Sarah, thanks for sharing.

    Something that isn’t stated is the fact that Organic is not guaranteed GMO-Free. Neither is heirloom I would imagine. If you don’t believe me, look at the Non-GMO Project’s verification FAQ (question 2) and do some chatting with your seed company (even privately owned), food supplier, pet food source, dairy, etc. This hit my radar on one of my homesteading forums. Even the organic companies are not required by their standards to test their product if “to their knowledge” the product is not contaminated. This means seed supplier that don’t test could be unknowingly spreading GMO seeds to the public.

    For the reasons listed above I support seed companies like Baker Creek ( and High Mowing Seeds ( I haven’t talked personally with Seed Savers Exchange and do not know their practices for testing, isolation, etc. The Baker Creek catalog has an article in it by Jeffery Smith as well as an explanation in their corn section as to why they only offer the 11 varieties of corn they have (cliff notes: they test and have been for the last 8 years and it’s harder and harder to find uncontaminated seeds).

    Vote with your dollars. And as sad as it is to say, try not to make exceptions. The exceptions keep feeding the corruption. Where big money is involved, follow the money, you will find corruption. That includes seeds, the organic industry and as Sarah has posted on more then one occasion, the food industry. Monsanto is connected to all of these in some form or another as well as the pharmaceutical industry. They have openly threatened to sue the state of Vermont if they pursue GMO labeling. They raised enough money to produce enough marketing in the anti-labeling campaign to “overthrow” the people of the entire state of California with Prop-37 (although there was a huge awakening with that as well).

    Again, great info Sarah. I will personally stick to the companies that test their products, hoping the others will catch on and do the same. It’s how I buy my livestock feed. It’s how I purchase anything in the grocery store I can’t grow myself. It’s how I avoid GMO’s in my day to day life. And I do, completely avoid GMO’s. If I can help it, no company with any ties to or any benefit from Monsanto will receive one red cent from me.

    January 25th, 2013 2:07 pm Reply
  • Jessica Azar

    This is so helpful!!!! I am trying to learn to garden to help feed my family safe, healthy food, and knowing which seeds are not GMO is so important!

    January 25th, 2013 1:08 pm Reply
    • Judy Williams

      Be careful Jessica, the above article is full of incorrect facts, including the lists. Those seed companies that she is claiming have been devoured by Monsanto are actually independantly owned, some of them family owned for generations, and many of them are also on the safe-seed pledge list.
      Gardening is a wonderful skill to learn, enjoy your journey, I love my gardens.

      January 25th, 2013 5:07 pm Reply
      • Lynda

        Be careful Judy! Those seed companies that retail from the wholesaler Seminis are actually inadvertently supporting Monsanto. How are some people missing the whole point of this article? If you spend your dollars with a seed company that spends their dollars with Seminis, you are inadvertently spending your dollars with Monsanto. Period.

        January 26th, 2013 5:20 pm Reply
  • Beuna Tomalino

    I do think some editing of this article would be wise. More accurate information would be helpful to consumers. As it stands now the correct information tends to be discounted because of what is not accurate.
    For example the statement: “maintain a working relationship with Monsanto-Seminis or were acquired by them.” Then item #1 says “Avoid buying from the seed companies Monsanto has devoured. Here’s a list of the seed companies they bought out:

    Item number 1 should make clear that this it not a list of Monsanto owned companies but a list of companies which buy from Seminis.

    January 25th, 2013 11:49 am Reply
  • Rebecca

    Another issue with the linked-to article on “heirloom” varieties that have been purchased by Monsanto/Seminis is that a number of the listed varieties are not heirloom (or even open-pollinated) varieties–they are F1 hybrids. I have noticed in my Pinetree catalog this year that those listed (in the article as bought by Monsanto) varieties they have carried for years are marked “last chance,” which seems to indicate they are divesting themselves of the bought-up varieties. That’s good, but if the buying trend continues, what varieties will be left for small, independent, and family-owned seed companies to sell? Well, that is where we all come in. Plant selection/seed saving/storing is an incredibly important skill, and it’s not difficult to do on a beginner level.

    With open-pollinated & heirloom varieties, you can buy these seeds and save them yourself. A good resource for learning about this is Suzanne Ashworth’s book Seed to Seed (and there are other resources, too–this is my favorite). Another possibility is to buy a quantity of the F1 hybrid seed (even if Monsanto owns the name) and spend a few years selecting & stabilizing the variety yourself if it’s one you really like. Seed is alive–take “their” seed and make it yours.

    January 25th, 2013 11:08 am Reply
  • teri

    ” Personally, I don’t like Walmart, but when I need a particular product that they carry — I still will go and purchase it there — as I’m sure many of you do. ”

    As always…assuming gets you into trouble. I don’t shop at Wal-Mart. Never have, never will. Can you guarantee the seeds you are selling from Seminas are not GMO’s? If so, state it. If not, well, the 5% will get their seeds elsewhere. Freedom of choice…but it’s a choice I demand they give us!

    January 25th, 2013 10:43 am Reply
    • Gary

      Yes – we do guarantee that the Seminas seeds we sell are not genetically modified and we state this in our catalogue and on our website. Walmart aside, do you purchase groceries from any grocery store – large or small? That same store also sells food products containing ingredients ultimately derived from Monsanto-owned seed – primarily corn. They also sell food products that are grown on farms that grow gmo seed, produce gmo food and do not use sustainable and environmental-friendly practices. Instead of boycotting that store for selling those products, common sense says to be more selective in your purchases and choose products that you know are grown locally, organically, and on a farm with good sustainable practices… and in doing so, you make an educated choice in addition to supporting your local and regional community.

      January 25th, 2013 10:52 am Reply
      • teri

        I buy my food at a co-op and the farmer’s market…where they sell only non gmo and organic….as for meat (yes, I eat meat) I buy from local farmers who also avoid gmo products.

        January 26th, 2013 9:23 am Reply
        • Gary

          Unless those farmers are certified organic, they are quite possibly feeding their cattle gmo feed… how do you know that they are avoiding gmo’s in their operation? Face it folks, like it or not, gmo food is rampant in our food supply and you are most likely consuming food everyday that contains gmo’s. Without mandatory labelling you just don’t know it.

          January 26th, 2013 9:34 pm Reply
          • Teri

            Wow…guess you never heard of grass-fed beef, huh. And, btw, as a retired farmer….I know the people I buy from personally and yes, they are all certified organic farmers.

            January 26th, 2013 10:05 pm
          • Phil Bowyer

            Gary, even “Certified Organic” can contain GMO. There are loopholes which allow farmers to use GMO feed if it’s cost prohibitive to obtain non-gmo feed, or if non-organic feed does not exist.

            I could care less about some useless USDA certification (which is run by ex-MOnsanto execs) and more about who I am buying from. If I can verify how they do business, then I’m a customer.

            Not only that, but GMO aside, organic beef just means they are feeding them corn and soy and a few other fillers. Cows don’t eat that stuff – it makes them sick. Cows eat grass, so I buy grass fed beef.

            We need to rethink how much importance we put on a term that’s already been hijacked by the gov’t and Big Farma.

            January 28th, 2013 1:55 am
      • Maria

        This is exactly the information that I have been looking for, but can’t seem to pinpoint as it all comes back to the lists of seeds/seed companies, which isn’t very helpful to me – so ANY help would be GREATLY appreciate: Is there a detailed (or even overview) list of all the food products being sold that are produced from GMO seeds/technology that the average person can reference?? Also, how do we know if our meat sources weren’t fed GMO food?

        Thank you for any help!!

        April 11th, 2013 9:51 am Reply
  • Gary

    Hello…. after receiving some disturbing emails from a couple of customers who had visited your website, I feel compelled to write you about some misleading statements that you have posted online. In your article about Monsanto, you state: “Avoid buying from the seed companies Monsanto has devoured. Here’s a list of the seed companies they bought out”.This is NOT true and is a very misleading statement. Although Vesey’s Seeds has purchased seeds from Seminas for decades (long before Monsanto purchased Seminas) Monsanto has not ‘bought’ our company and will NEVER be buying our company. We are a local, family-owned business and have no company connections to Monsanto or any other international seed company. The sad fact is that since Monsanto purchased Seminas, they have started to drop good reliable home-garden varieties of vegetable seeds that many of our customers have grown to love over the years. Monsanto appears to be favouring those varieties that are grown by very large commercial operations instead so the time may come when this is no longer an issue. As long as the tried and true home garden varieties are available and are non-gmo however, Vesey’s will most likely continue to purchase seeds from Seminas for the simple reason that 95% of our customers demand those varieties which have proven to be reliable, vigorous, high yielding and good tasting vegetables. Many of you have a personal philosophy which has led you to the belief that you do not want to support Monsanto because of their business practices and history of patented genes, gmo’s and so on. We fully understand that, however as a business that has been operating here in Canada for 73 years, we have to balance personal philosophies with practical good business sense, and if 95% of our customers are asking for non-GMO Seminas seed, we simply cannot drop those varieties to make the other 5% of our customers feel good about us. Personally, I don’t like Walmart, but when I need a particular product that they carry – I still will go and purchase it there – as I’m sure many of you do. I do hope that you will continue to support Vesey’s as well – as we continue to search for an increasing number of certified organic seed varieties from Canada and around the globe as they become available, and as we continue to stand by our commitment NOT to sell any genetically modified seeds. Your comments are always welcome, and we would love to talk with you further about making gardening an enjoyable and easy experience for you and your family.

    January 25th, 2013 8:46 am Reply
    • G’ma

      Gary, the current percentages do put your company in a predicament, sorry to say. Hopefully soon the 95% to 5% will invert to a point at which you can join us in standing up against this.

      January 25th, 2013 11:06 am Reply
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  • Brad

    Please don’t confuse sketchy corporate practice with the sound science behind GMO.

    January 25th, 2013 3:34 am Reply
    • tuffy

      NOT sound science. you obviously haven’t read the research papers describing their materials and methods as well as the safety testing they have done. NOT unbiased, NOT good protocols. for example: results that disagree with their goals were thrown away for unclear reasons…

      March 25th, 2014 5:03 pm Reply
  • Cindy

    My favorite seed company is Landreth . . .

    Next on my list for reliable seeds and a great employee owned company,

    January 25th, 2013 12:44 am Reply
  • teri

    I LOVE my catalog from Baker….Do I need to worry about cross-contamination from the farm behind me who I know is planting seeds from Monsanto??? The field is planted to winter wheat this year but I’m worried about contamination when they go back to corn….

    January 24th, 2013 11:53 pm Reply
    • Lisa

      One thing is that you could try to figure out when the field corn would be tasseling and pick a variety of sweetcorn or whatever corn you are growing that won’t be tasseling at the same time. A lot of catalogs will tell you. I know they say that corn pollen can travel long distances but I think it’s rare. I’ve grown popcorn 50 ft away from sweetcorn and I never had a problem with cross contamination. This isn’t a perfect solution but it’s the best we can do besides giving up corn all together.

      January 25th, 2013 8:45 am Reply
      • teri

        Thanks Lisa. I hope I can remember that next year when that field is back in corn. That said, I never have good luck with sweet corn. Mine gets corn smut every time. I know the smut is a delicacy in some places but, to me it’s just gross….

        January 25th, 2013 10:26 am Reply
  • ariyele

    sarah! wish there were one of you in every city in america and beyond. thank you!

    January 24th, 2013 8:50 pm Reply
  • Henny

    A question…if Monsatan are patenting all these seeds, can’t we get together and do the same? If there is a race to patent, can’t we apply for patents on as much as possible to protect them, and get in their first?

    January 24th, 2013 7:43 pm Reply
    • Judy Williams

      Henny, NO ONE can patent heirloom varieties, not even Monsanto … there are many, many flaws in the above article with respect to seed varieties and Monsanto

      January 25th, 2013 5:01 pm Reply
      • teri

        You are correct that they cannot patent them. They CAN, however, buy up varieties and then make them unavailable, forcing people to then buy their patented seeds. The only way to prevent this from happening is to make sure you save your seeds and share them!

        January 27th, 2013 11:28 pm Reply
  • Judy Williams

    Wow, once again, I am amazed at how anyone can claim to be an ‘expert’, i.e. you Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, without writing the truth? How much biochemistry, biology, or chemistry background do you have to be able to write the above article? Interesting how your sources are other blogs…now thats great scientific research.
    You may want to re-check your list of so called Monsanto ‘devoured’ seed companies, as many of those companies are INDEPENDENTLY OWNED.
    Stop spreading lies…

    January 24th, 2013 7:35 pm Reply
  • Bill Dam

    I am a fourth Generation Seedsman supplying seed to Organic Growers and Gardeners in Canada.
    I am saddened to see that most people believe what is written here. It is not true. Why do people write with out checking the facts.
    I am currently writting a peice that I will post to our website tomorrow afternoon Friday January 24 telling the facts.

    William A Dam
    William Dam Seeds Ltd

    January 24th, 2013 6:50 pm Reply
    • Gary

      I fully agree with you Bill… we also have found many errors and misleading facts on this website and it’s unfortunate that people do not research facts before they are published. See my note dated January 25th below. Simple fact is: Monsanto has NOT purchased the companies listed on this website. Seminas is one of many suppliers…who happen to carry some very good varieties that customers want and that are NOT genetically modified.

      January 25th, 2013 8:51 am Reply
      • Teri

        Fact: Seminis IS owned by Monsanto therefore, GMO or not, when you buy seeds from Seminis, or anyone selling Seminis seed, you are putting money in the pocket of Monsanto.

        January 26th, 2013 10:04 pm Reply
  • Amy

    Ironically, the OccupyMonsanto360 website appears to be down. Had no trouble getting Seminis website to load. Hmmm.

    What’s this about Seeds of Change? They are not on the Seminis list. Are they not good???

    January 24th, 2013 4:36 pm Reply
    • Amy

      Nevermind that question about Seeds of Change. They have taken the Safe Seed Pledge. It says so on their website. See my reply to the second comment on this post.

      January 24th, 2013 4:47 pm Reply
    • Phil Bowyer

      Seeds of Change is owned by Mars, Inc, a proponent of GMO and a company who gave money to kill the GMO labeling bill in Cali.

      I’ve put them on my boycott list.

      January 28th, 2013 1:46 am Reply
    • Tim

      No, boycott Seeds of Change. Their parent company helped destroy prop 37 in California. They’re little more than a front company for Mars and Mars has stated that it bought it to try and push in to other food markets under a friendlier “brand”.

      January 30th, 2013 2:20 pm Reply
  • Robin

    The list of companies Monsanto has bought out is wrong. They did not purchase T & T Seeds of Winnipeg – it is a family owned company and has been for over 60 years. I wonder how many other seed companies listed shouldn’t be on the list.

    January 24th, 2013 5:25 pm Reply
    • robin

      Actually, it isn’t the list that is wrong, it is what you said about it. You said it was a list of companies that have been bought out by Monsanto, but in fact it is a list of companies that distribute or supply Seminis seeds (Seminis is owned by Monsanto). Your statement in the “Four Steps Required” is misleading.

      Also, just for information’s sake, T & T Seeds says they do not sell GMO seeds.

      January 24th, 2013 5:36 pm Reply
      • Robin

        I see that you have changed your wording. That’s good. It is very important to be careful not to spread misinformation. It damages one’s credibility.

        January 25th, 2013 11:07 pm Reply
        • Bill Dam

          Thank-you Robin – as a seedsman it is hard to believe people belive the worst of a company based on a blog so flawed. I have spent countless hours defending our company – which was one of the first to sell untreated and organic seed in Canada. It bothers me people do not check facts. Sarah will not comment on this so I would imagine she is not credible.

          January 26th, 2013 10:41 am Reply
          • Bill Dam

            I would like to thank Sarah for posting my rebuttle to facebook. This is a first step to fair open dialogue.

            January 26th, 2013 11:32 am
          • Teri

            Do you buy seeds from Seminis? If so, you are supporting Monsanto and, therefore, I would boycott you if I was buying seeds in Canada. If you are not purchasing seeds (non-GMO or otherwise) from any company owned by Monsanto, then I would support you whole-heartedly.

            January 26th, 2013 6:22 pm
      • Chris Rodgers

        Hey everyone! Most all vegetables are NOT genetically modified! Sugar beets are and certain corn. Otherwise, you cannot buy genetically modified vegetable seed even directly from Monsanto. That is never a problem at this time. Eat all the fresh vegetables you can get your hands on.

        Monsanto has bought a company that sells vegetable seed grown buy many, many individually owned seed producers. These seed growers are not owned buy Monsanto and no one grows GMO vegetables. If you refuse to buy seed that was bought from a company owned by Monsanto because you want no money going to Monsanto, you may be hurting these small independantly owned seed growers. Give them time to find another place to sell their seeds before you put them out of business. They never intended to sell their seed to Monsanto. Seminis was a good company that thankfully supported small independently specialty growers that produced heirloom and organic seed.

        August 30th, 2013 11:32 am Reply
  • Luda

    That makes me think that no matter how perfect we are trying to be about what we eat and how we grow, we don’t live in a perfect world and looks like its not getting any better. We can certainly try our best, only for how long…before big corporations will start taking over.

    My question is, besides the seeds that are labeled organic but are not, what about our food in the grocery store, even if it has organic label that means it really isn’t?

    January 24th, 2013 5:16 pm Reply
  • Megan

    Buy from this list of companies Monsanto HASN’T bought:

    interesting.i try this link 3 times and it wont open. have they gottin to it so we can’t find out.

    January 24th, 2013 2:59 pm Reply
    • Megan

      got it to open

      January 24th, 2013 3:02 pm Reply
  • Laurie

    Read They are totally anti-Monsanto. I’ve ordered from them for years now. Excellent

    January 24th, 2013 2:50 pm Reply
  • Laynie

    I’m loving learning about all of the things Sarah discusses here!

    Does anyone have links to videos or articles that explain the basics of who Monsanto is, what GMO is and how it changes things in the food world, or any other food- related info that’s not really “common/advertised knowledge”?

    I want to be able to explain the basics to others and send them quality info to research! Thanks!!

    January 24th, 2013 2:24 pm Reply
  • lua

    The link for heirloom companies that have NOT been bought by Monsanto is broken.

    January 24th, 2013 2:22 pm Reply
  • elizabeth

    thank you thank you thank you. i hadn’t given it a thought yet who i was going to purchase my seeds from

    January 24th, 2013 2:10 pm Reply
  • Jackie Leyba

    I do a lot of research before buying seeds. Something is telling me not to trust Burpee. I tried a little garden last summer. It was doing pretty good, until my dogs got to it.

    January 24th, 2013 1:59 pm Reply
  • Rosa

    Johnny Seeds sells Burpee Seeds and when I called about the seeds they could not tell me for sure if they were not GMO

    January 24th, 2013 1:48 pm Reply
    • Beth

      Johnny’s is on the safe seeds pledge list. Does that mean something good in relation to the issue of non-GMO? I wonder if it was a matter of whom you spoke with (….I say hopefully as the Johnny’s catalog is one of my faves.). I was checking the lists for their company but didn’t find it in either of the first 2 linked lists.

      January 24th, 2013 3:21 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    Yay, Pinetree is on the good list! For beginner and long-time gardeners alike, this is a great catalog with tons of variety and cheaper prices.
    Richter’s herbs is another favorite because they have things you will not find elsewhere. I’ve learned a lot from these two companies just by reading their catalogs cover to cover.

    January 24th, 2013 12:55 pm Reply
  • Stacey

    I watched Food, Inc. awhile ago and was really shocked by some of the things I learned from that documentary. Thanks for the post.

    January 24th, 2013 12:25 pm Reply
  • Jackie Leyba

    I have bought some seeds from Sow True Seeds, but I am going to look into Baker Creek. As for Burpee, they claim that they have organic seeds, BUT they have refused to sign the Safe Seed Pledge. Something in the pit of my stomach tells me not to buy seeds from there. I read the book Seeds Of Destruction and it makes me sick to think that big corporations have that kind of control. It seems that our best option is to buy our seeds from proven Non-GMO companies and then harvest our own.

    January 24th, 2013 12:23 pm Reply
  • Amanda H

    I think the important thing to remember here is SAVE YOUR OWN SEEDS!

    There are some good old standbys on that list of seed names that Monsanto owns. (People seem to be getting the words “organic”, “heirloom”, and “GMO” mixed up here. These are all different concepts. The varieties on that list are NOT GMO’s just because Monsanto owns the names).

    If you like those varieties, then by all means grow them, but SAVE YOUR OWN SEEDS from them. That way, you can keep the variety alive (if everyone stops growing a variety of plant, it goes extinct), but Monsanto won’t be getting any money off it.

    Then, after you save your own seeds, give away or trade the extra seeds to other gardeners who want the variety, so those other gardeners don’t have to buy the variety from Monsanto.

    There are some good resources out there on how to save your own seed. Get the book Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth and Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe. How easy it is to save seed depends on the species of plant. Some are very easy to save, like tomatoes. Other things, like carrots, are a bit more of a hassle. But seed saving is fun and it makes you have TOTAL CONTROL over your garden plants, from generation to generation.

    January 24th, 2013 12:18 pm Reply
  • CCM

    Might be a good idea to start a seed exchange with gardeners in your area. Save out your seed from year to year. Yes, maybe the first purchase goes to Mon-Satan, but after that – as long as they haven’t gene spliced in the *evil* Terminator Gene – you should be able to produce and share your own seeds.

    January 24th, 2013 11:43 am Reply
    • IC

      Except with crops that have pollen that speeds far and wide. Corn, for example. You can’t save corn if others grow GM corn within a few miles because chances are, it will be GM contaminated. The only way to have truly non GMO corn (and some other crops) is to plant organic seeds each year. It is just plain wring that this burden is placed on those wishing to grow or eat non GMOs.

      January 25th, 2013 1:07 am Reply
  • Kenedi – Real Food Whole Life

    Very informative post Sarah. For those who purchase their small garden plants from a local nursery or farmer, we also need to remember to ask our local gardeners and farmers where they buy their seeds and encourage them to use non GMO seeds, as well.

    January 24th, 2013 10:49 am Reply
  • Shannon

    Once again, thank you for keeping important issues in front of our eyes. Easy to get caught up in day to day work and forget some of the very important things. With spring around the corner and another garden season to start….. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!!! Now is the time to start planning and ordering seeds responsibly, not waiting until planting date and then running to the local garden shop to pick up your seedlings and seeds.

    January 24th, 2013 8:22 am Reply
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  • Amanda

    I think your comments are misleading. You state, “Does this mean that even if you buy organic or heirloom seeds from a completely independent company but Monsanto owns the name of that seed, some of your purchase is going into the pockets of the bad guys?Yes, it does.”

    The article you reference states, “Monsanto will only profit from customers purchasing these varieties from companies that are stocking seeds obtained directly from Monsanto or one of its distributors.” Other sources concur with this. While I’m all for NOT supporting Monsanto, you CAN still buy the listed varieties from a trusted source who does not obtain the seeds from Monsanto or one of its distributors. It all goes back to knowing your source.

    January 23rd, 2013 10:22 pm Reply
    • Tracy

      Monsanto/Seminis will only profit when you buy those seeds directly purchased from them or companies who purchase from them.

      So, if you buy seed from Baker Creek that has the same type of heirloom seed as a name that Monsanto/Seminis own, they will not be getting a check from Baker Creek. And most other heirloom companies out there also have their own stock of seed that has nothing to do with Monsanto. Just check with the company you are doing business with if you are not sure where the seed came from, they will be more than happy to tell you.

      January 24th, 2013 12:53 pm Reply
  • Pat Bourret via Facebook

    Thank you so much for sharing this information!!!!!!

    January 23rd, 2013 10:14 pm Reply
  • Karen

    I asked her about Monday Mania, too. She said you have to go to Pinterest to see it now. I’m not crazy about that.

    January 23rd, 2013 9:52 pm Reply
  • Claudia

    What happened to Monday mania??? Please bring it back!!

    January 23rd, 2013 8:06 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    Interesting. I’ve been buying my seeds from Burpee for my garden and I’ll have to check out who owns them.

    January 23rd, 2013 7:15 pm Reply
    • Tracy

      Burpee is its own company, not owned by Monsanto/Seminis but does sell seed owned by them.

      January 24th, 2013 12:50 pm Reply
      • Rosa

        I was told a long time ago that Burpee Seeds was bought out by Monsanto a long time ago.

        January 24th, 2013 1:47 pm Reply
        • Teri

          Rosa, that is absolutely untrue. Burpee’s is still owned by the same family. But Tracy is correct, they DO sell seeds owned by Monsanto.

          January 26th, 2013 6:15 pm Reply
    • kathny

      The owner of Burpee was asked about signing the Safe Seed Pledge and buying seeds from Monsanto. His reply was published on the Burpee website. Read it and make your own decision.

      April 13th, 2014 8:04 pm Reply
  • Terry England via Facebook

    Monsanto has very much stacked the deck against us, with every member of the fda and other federal agencies, having a direct tie to their company. I’ve heard that they even are passing legislation to regulate an individuals personal garden on their own property through the world health organization. “O what times we live in.”

    January 23rd, 2013 6:24 pm Reply
  • Katie

    Great information especially for people starting a garden for the first time! Will keep this in mind when I start a garden! :)


    January 23rd, 2013 5:53 pm Reply
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  • Kimberly

    Thank you so much for this info. My fiancee & I are going to be starting our own garden this year and I want to do everything in my power to make sure anything to do with Monsanto stays out of it.

    January 23rd, 2013 3:48 pm Reply
  • Mandie

    I had no idea! I sent an email to our CSA farmers to ask if they were aware of this. I love buying local from farmers I can actally talk to and ask questions of :)

    January 23rd, 2013 3:00 pm Reply
  • Jenna Flemal via Facebook

    Aaron Meyer look into this. <3

    January 23rd, 2013 2:58 pm Reply
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  • Bella Issakova via Facebook

    Thank you for posting.

    January 23rd, 2013 2:46 pm Reply
  • Angela Le via Facebook

    Very frightening! I hadn’t thought about Monsanto buying organic and heirloom seed companies!

    January 23rd, 2013 2:29 pm Reply
  • Rachel Kirsch via Facebook

    I want to do a vegetable garden this summer, but I feel kind of lost. I’ve done a little bit of gardening in the past, but not with a great amount of success. I want to do it right this time. Does anyone have any blogs or books you recommend for beginner organic home gardening? I’m in Michigan, if you have any recommendations for this particular region. Thanks!

    January 23rd, 2013 2:28 pm Reply
    • Lisa S

      Rachel, I used Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening book last year and did 1 plot. I am notorious for having a “black thumb”, but Mel’s instructions were so easy to follow. Using a special mix of compost, peat moss and coarse vermiuculite, the plot thrived. We had such a harvest out of 1 4′ x 4′ plot. I still have food that I canned out of that garden. And so easy to take care of. I want to do 3 more squares this summer. Good luck & happy gardening.

      January 24th, 2013 1:58 pm Reply
      • Helen T

        Thanks for your book selection, Lisa. I have a black thumb, too….and with the hundreds of gardening books out there, which one? Now I know – thanks!

        January 26th, 2013 8:50 am Reply
      • Robert Little

        Be careful using vermiculite. I heard it was a dangerous material.

        January 28th, 2013 10:42 pm Reply
        • Beuna Tomalino

          Vermiculite is mica, heated until it pops. Vermiculite serves the purpose of holding water and nutrients and then releasing them into the soil. There was one vermiculite mine several years ago that was found to contain asbestos. The mine was closed and vermiculite is now sold with the label “asbestos free”. I only use vermiculite when starting a Square Foot Garden (it only needs to be added at the time of creation) and for seed starting.

          January 29th, 2013 6:37 pm Reply
          • Robert Little

            Thanks for that info. I loved starting seeds with vermiculite in my square foot garden. Now, I can use it again. Thanks again.

            March 6th, 2013 9:21 pm
    • Beuna Tomalino

      As a Garden Coach and Landscape Consultant I help people learn to grow their own food. I am also a Certified Square Foot Garden instructor and I would agree that it is a great way to garden especially for beginning gardeners.

      January 24th, 2013 10:32 pm Reply
    • Lynn B.

      I see lots of people wondering how to garden, not having a lot of success and spending hours and hours in the garden for small results. I found this film and have been using their methods – and it works great! If you’re wondering how to spend fewer hours in the garden, organically without pesticides and without all the weeding, etc. check out this video. You can purchase it if you like, but I just watched the online version and I’m using wood chips – SO easy anyone can do it!

      January 25th, 2013 1:25 pm Reply
  • Jeanne Walker McNeal via Facebook

    Gratified to learn that Territorial Seed Company is part of the uncompromising group (though I’m not surprised). My family has supported them exclusively for a quarter of a century (though we may have to get more picky about varieties).

    January 23rd, 2013 2:06 pm Reply
  • Michal

    I remember my grandfather saving his seeds out of his garden every year. I remember getting in trouble for touchin his drying okra pods.

    January 23rd, 2013 2:05 pm Reply
  • Amber Russell via Facebook

    Love Baker Creek, just got the new catalog and had to wrestle my teens for it! Biggest problem is that we want to order every variety though we have nowhere near the money or space for that lol.

    January 23rd, 2013 2:02 pm Reply
  • Penny Sp via Facebook

    Thank you for another fantastic article.

    January 23rd, 2013 1:43 pm Reply
  • Tracy

    And here is a link of the heirloom types that monsanto/seminis own. They only own the name and can not force anyone who keeps their own seed to pay them for it. At least for now.

    Beth already posted that above. There used to be a purse size copy of it so you could take it with you if you wanted to avoid those types altogether. Anyone know where that is?

    I would avoid any of the big box stores–wally world, Menards, Home Depot, local Groceries, etc. To find good heirloom seeds you will have to either find smaller companies or ones like Baker Creek who have taken a strong stand against Monsanto and GMO’s.

    January 23rd, 2013 1:06 pm Reply
    • teri

      Actually, if the CATCH you using your saved seeds from plants they own the rights to, they most certainly CAN make you pay for them. There is case law that has been supported in court again and again that says so. The only reason they haven’t gone after anyone doing this is they are doing it on such a small scale that it would be next to impossible to catch you at it (unless you are dumb enough to put it on your blog or FaceBook page) and it’s not cost-effective for them to pursue it. You can be sure that, should it become cost effective, they will sue and sue and sue to prevent anyone from saving seeds from “their” plant varieties.

      September 8th, 2013 11:36 am Reply
      • KristyAspire

        Only if you are saving their patented and created seeds. They can’t sue for a seed that’s not patented.

        March 4th, 2014 9:56 pm Reply
  • Marcee

    Thanks Sarah for posting this. I JUST recieved my heirloom seeds from Baker Creek seeds. So excited!!! I shared on Facebook too, but my farmer friends probably will turn their nose up at this. Oh, well, truth is TRUTH!!

    January 23rd, 2013 1:05 pm Reply
  • Sue Sullivan via Facebook

    Monsanto’s company motto is: “Nothing will be grown that isn’t our own” and they mean it. They want to destroy everything including bee colonies. :(

    January 23rd, 2013 1:03 pm Reply
  • April Croker via Facebook

    while its important not to support monsanto its also important to make it clear that just because you have seeds or buy seeds from monsanto you are still casting a vote that you want “organic” and your seeds that are “organic” will not be GMO seeds and not produce GMO plants even if they come form a branched of company owned by monsanto. some of those companies are trying to branch away from monsanto but everything takes money and time.

    January 23rd, 2013 1:01 pm Reply
    • colleen

      Okay, are you crazy? You can not buy seeds from any compnay that is owned by Mansanto! THEY DO NOT CARE IF YOU WANT ORGANIC OR NON-ORGANIC. They will sell you what you want and tell you they are organic and they aren’t. Please don’t get me wroing, but you need to view a few of the youtubes and documentaries about MANSANTO. Please, please, please do so. See what they have done to Hawaii. Please see what they have done to the family farmer. Please just please do your homework on this. The small family business selling GMO free seeds take pride in their product, and they won’t steer you wrong.

      January 23rd, 2013 2:51 pm Reply
      • Dr.Bill

        I live Hawai’i.
        Please, do you have a video or other site you can turn us on to about this problem?

        March 29th, 2013 5:39 pm Reply
    • Chris Rodgers

      This is such an important concept as I said before. And time is an important element in this discussion. What if you were a small family farmer who wanted to sell organic seeds to the public and years ago you found that there was a great company, call it, “Juliet Co.” that encouraged and worked with small growers of organic vegetable seed so they could sell to this great “Juliet Co.who in turn by selling organic seed from many small growers could reach a larger market especially since “organic’ was such a small portion of the total market and it was hard for an organic seed producing farm to succeed selling only to local buyers. For years you happily build your family business, working through Juliet Co., watching the market for organic seed slowly increase year by year. More and more seed companies with their own customer base or seed catalogues and garden centers etc. went to Juliet Co. as one of the best sources for the most varied, quality, organic and heirloom seeds. Life was looking pretty decent and your family was thriving.

      Then one day you find that a huge company, let’s call it Monsanto, with a horrible reputation has bought Juliet Co. Everything continues as before. You sell that year’s crop of seeds to Juliet Co. But then the information about the sale to Monsanto starts spreading among the public including those who buy organic seed and grow organic vegetables and they stop buying any seed that was sourced originally from Juliet Co., now owned by Monsanto. You actually do not have a relationship with Baker Creek or Burpee or Monsanto or Johnnies Seeds or anybody except a lifelong relationship with Juliet Co. which had originally helped to build the country wide market for organic and heirloom seed by finding and developing the kind of growers who wanted to grow these very special crops. (This is pretty much a description of Semanis.)

      Then, some time later Juliet Co. has to tell you that next year they will not be buying nearly as much of your organic seed because there is no longer a market for organic or heirloom seeds sold by Juliet Co. You realize why this has happened. You don’t like what Monsanto is doing either. But you now have less than a growing season to find another company that wants to bother with organic seed to buy yours and it takes time to find and establish a relationship with a trusted company like that. Maybe you can’t find one and you make little to no money that year. You are, after all, a small family farm/business. One year could very possibly put you under. Or you may give up producing organic seed in order to grow other things that are easier, more secure and more profitable. Slowly, many of your fellow organic seed growers give up as well because it was a difficult calling anyway and now you must all try to find and develop other companies to take the place of Juliet Co. These are not necessarily common and take years to establish. You don’t have years. You need to pay for your kid’s college educations. Tah Dah, Monsanto wins.

      Monsanto has just killed an industry and a movement without developing one GMO vegetable. Do you really think they don’t know what they are doing? The Sustainable Food Movement is diametrically opposed to everything Monsanto stands for. Monsanto has a pretty good idea that it is the only movement that might close them down and destroy their approach of ripping off the public in order to make large profits for their investors. Yes, we should aim to stop buying from Semantis as soon as we can also avoid damaging the growers. We need to find ways we can find out directly from these farmers how they are effected and what they are trying to do to protect their own businesses. Growers and buyers should communicate and possibly organize together, sharing information. That is the only way we will be able to take Monsanto down. They are smart and if we are not smarter, we will lose.

      March 12th, 2014 7:33 pm Reply
      • tufffy

        excellent comment-esp last paragraph. how to contact growers directly?
        maybe it could be like dating sites where growers and individual buyers could find each other…

        March 25th, 2014 4:49 pm Reply
  • Tracy

    You can buy heirloom seeds from (lets use Baker Creek as an example) and not support monsanto/seminis. Just because a seed company also sells a variety that monsanto owns the name of the variety, does not mean they are buying seed from monsanto/seminis. Many of the heirloom companies also have their own garden plots for growing their own seed.

    You can also try saving your own seed and swapping with others. There is a good book on seed saving on the Baker Creek site, It is worth buying. I found it to contain a lot of helpful hints and suggestions as well as being easy to follow. Their cookbook isn’t bad either.

    January 23rd, 2013 1:00 pm Reply
  • Tracy

    Here is a site that has a good list of seed companies–not owned by monsanto or seminis–but carry seed and or products from those two companies.

    January 23rd, 2013 12:56 pm Reply
  • Denver Tina via Facebook

    Thank you for this information. I had no idea Monsanto has bought organic/heirloom seed companies. Wow.

    January 23rd, 2013 12:50 pm Reply
  • Alexandros Agelastos via Facebook

    If your crops get contaminated by GMOs, sue Monsanto,
    Dow Chemical, Bayer, Syngenta, Dupont, and BASF. It’s not only Monsanto out there, for some reason we’ve all been focusing on only one of Lernaean Hydra’s heads.
    Sue them, or they will sue you. The more of us that sue, the better for everyone.

    January 23rd, 2013 12:48 pm Reply
    • teri

      A farmer in Calgary did just that. His, I believe canola, became contaminated by a near-by field and Monsanto came after him for not paying for their fine product. He counter-sued on the grounds that their contaminated pollen trespassed on his property. He won that case BUT, the following year he planted seeds saved from the previous year’s harvest KNOWING the seed was now GMO. Monsanto sued and WON because he infringed on their patent by knowing planting seeds that were now Round-up resistant. BUT what scares me is, there is no way to prevent the cross-pollenation if there are Monsanto crops growing nearby!

      January 25th, 2013 10:23 am Reply
      • Debbie

        Hmmm… maybe this is how/why the honeybees are “mysteriously” disappearing…

        January 27th, 2013 10:15 am Reply
        • Robert

          Warning to my fellow gardeners and seed savers.
          Last year a somebody had sowed GMO Canola upwind from my isolated garden (surrounded by evergreen forest except for a public dirt road that cuts through the bottom 1/3 of property). I will be now busy pulling GMO WEED Plants instead of garden tending. I am a victim of DRIVE BY SOWING.

          So be on alert for this on and around the farm/ homestead. These bastard plants can and will destroy your hard work. I also lost 75% of my wild & domestic bee population around mid-summer last year (suspicious event). These are evil people and corporations and are well talented Bio-Terrorists. They also own/control a huge % of North American governments also. This time period will go down in history as the beginning of the ‘ Great War on all Biological Lifeforms’.

          Trying to sue them individually is like trying to sue the Nazis during Hitler’s rien of terror. They are the government and the government is them. May God help us to save this garden we call Earth.

          January 29th, 2013 1:58 pm Reply
          • Matt

            It’s possible that migratory birds could be responsible for the sowing of the gmo seed. In this video a farmer has the same problem. GMO Canola ended up in his field.

            March 11th, 2013 5:09 pm
          • Jennifer

            Robert you are so right! I was just talking to my husband about this today! Do you happen to know the one person who is the mastermind or is it compiled of many?

            March 30th, 2013 7:58 am
        • Debra

          I raise bees, Debbie and I definitely think this is part of the equation in our declining bee population. We live out in the country on 10 acres. We are surrounded by 10 acre plots. Unfortunately, though we strive to not use chemicals (honestly, there are SO many safe options to use – many of them are easy to make yourself!) ALL of our neighbors use chemicals! The farmer who farms all the land around us uses chemicals (it is not “profitable” to use natural fertilizers, etc….we would get 1/2 the crops…etc….) So frustrating….

          January 15th, 2014 12:36 am Reply
        • Laren

          there is no maybe about it. That’s exactly why the bees and butterfly’s are dying.

          March 7th, 2014 5:51 pm Reply
  • Vanessa Ingole via Facebook

    If you’re going to plant heirloom seeds, you may as well learn how to make the most of your garden!

    January 23rd, 2013 12:47 pm Reply
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  • Leslie Oliver Hardy via Facebook

    I love this! So informative! If the common man only knew what Monsanto was doing to jeopardize our agriculture! Can’t wait for my garden this year!

    January 23rd, 2013 12:46 pm Reply
  • Maria Walton Jones via Facebook

    What do you know about Jung?

    January 23rd, 2013 12:39 pm Reply
    • Audrey

      Jung is owned by ASI which is owned by Monsanto.

      January 24th, 2013 11:48 am Reply
    • Lisa

      I order from Jung. They had a note on an e-mail recently that they are NOT owned by Monsanto.

      Dick Zondag,
      President & Owner of
      J. W. Jung Seed Co.
      Dear Lisa Brinker ,
      It has come to my attention that there have been blogs and websites stating that J. W. Jung Seed Company is owned by Monsanto. This is not true. We are being confused with a farm seed company by the name of Jung Seed Genetics that is owned by Monsanto, but there is no affiliation between us.

      A little company history may be helpful in clearing up the confusion. J. W. Jung Seed Company and its garden centers are still family owned and operated. My name is Dick Zondag and my grandfather, J. W. Jung, started the business here in Randolph over 106 years ago. For a number of years the Jung family operated both a home garden company known as J. W. Jung Seed Company and a farm seed company called Jung Farms. Over 15 years ago, the 2 companies split, with the Seed Company becoming solely owned by the Zondag family (my mother was J. W. Jung’s daughter). Jung Farms became solely owned by my uncle and cousin, the name was changed to Jung Seed Genetics and several years ago they sold this farm seed company to Monsanto.

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      J. W. Jung Seed Company has been independent and family owned and operated since its beginnings in 1907. There is no desire to sell it to another company. In fact, my son Nathan has been working here for the last 5 years and is in training to take over upon my retirement, but I have no desire to sell the company my grandfather started in his mother’s kitchen. We have added additional niche-type catalog titles over the years to expand the home-garden business. We also own and operate 5 successful garden centers in Wisconsin which were started under my dad’s direction.

      Another source of confusion is that under the Monsanto umbrella is a very small home-garden division called Seminis Gardens that produces and sells some well-known, time-proven, non-GMO varieties, including many varieties that are All-America Selections Winners. These were developed and introduced long before Monsanto owned Seminis and were originally sold under the Petoseed brand. Many of our customers have grown to love these vegetables and would be very disappointed if we no longer offered them. We recognize there are strong anti-Monsanto sentiments by some consumers, so we will publish a list of Seminis varieties we offer on our website in the event they wish to avoid purchasing them.

      It’s my wish that bloggers and journalists would do more fact checking before they publish untruths so that letters like this are not necessary. But instead, they hide behind the anonymity of the internet and spread their vicious untruths. If any of you wish to speak with me directly regarding this matter, please call. If I am not available, leave your phone number and I will contact you with the correct facts.


      Dick Zondag, President and Owner of J. W. Jung Seed Company
      and Grandson of the founder

      January 24th, 2013 12:42 pm Reply
      • G’ma

        Nice of Mr. Zondag to want to please his customers, but I choose NOT to buy from any company that does business with Monsanto/Seminis in any way. And I am not hiding “behind the anonymity of the Internet” nor am I spreading “vicious untruths.” Buying anything from J.W. Jung Seed Company (or any company that does business with Seminis) inadvertently supports Monsanto/Seminis which is exactly what this article is TRUTHFULLY reporting.

        January 25th, 2013 9:37 am Reply
        • Gary

          G’ma – do you purchase any groceries from grocery stores? Do you realize that a very large percentage of the products they carry contain gmo corn which has direct links to Monsanto and companies that purchase from Monsanto? Sometimes you have to balance personal philosophy with common sense and instead of boycotting local and regional businesses that contribute to the local economy, just choose to be more selective in your purchases and buy local, organic, and non-gmo varieties that you know are from sustainable sources.

          January 25th, 2013 9:46 am Reply
          • teri

            Better yet, do both. Be careful what you buy in the store and also do not buy seed from any company that doesn’t guarantee it’s non-GMO.

            January 25th, 2013 10:16 am
          • G’ma

            Yes Gary, I am fully aware of GMOs in foods on the shelves of grocery stores and no I do not purchase them. Although I get your point and do still purchase some things there, you must admit we have a purer choice when it comes to seed companies. If a dozen grocers were lined up in front of me (like seed catalogs) you bet I would be “boycotting” the ones with GMOs.

            January 25th, 2013 10:17 am
          • Gary

            The misunderstanding here though is that the list of seed companies that the author recommends to boycott are NOT selling GMO seeds. They simply purchase some wholesale non-gmo seeds from Seminas which now happens to be owned by Monsanto. Therefore, buying from a regional or locally owned family seed company on that list is no different than buying groceries from any grocery store – large or small – all of which are guaranteed to also sell products produced from Monsanto – owned companies or from cereal crops grown from Monsanto seed.

            January 25th, 2013 10:38 am
          • G’ma

            Gary, if a seed company has no product from Monsanto/Seminis I choose them over those who do and if I could find a grocer that had no GMO product on their shelves I would choose them over those that do. No misunderstanding about that.

            January 25th, 2013 10:46 am
          • Connie Kuramoto

            I am well aware that even health food companies can be owned by Monsanto, and yes, I boycott them all. I buy food locally or grow my own, don’t like to eat in restaurants, and do not buy anything from any company that has anything to do with Monsanto

            January 26th, 2013 1:15 pm
        • mpbusyb

          Mr. Zondag had my interest and understanding right up to his last paragraph. I would have thought as a reputable businessman that he would have been happy to (once again) set the record straight letting a wider group of consumers know the facts between his company and his relatives’ now-Monsanto-owned counterpart. So sorry to see his true feelings come out in the end. I am more than glad for the many other non-GMO, non-Monsanto/Seminis companies out there. This is a very helpful article. Thanks, Lisa, for sharing Mr. Zondag’s letter.

          January 25th, 2013 1:02 pm Reply
          • Debbie

            I agree exactly with you mpbusyb–he had me right up to the last paragraph as well. Completely unnecessary and wrecked the whole message by revealing his true feelings and motivation.

            January 27th, 2013 10:12 am
          • Chris Rodgers

            Give the guy a break! First he had customers giving him a hard time and then he found his company wrongfully blacklisted as a company that is owned by Monsanto. Did it ever occur to you all that this kind of hard feelings and in-fighting is exactly what Monsanto might have in mind? Not to mention having the small individually owned seed growers go out of business because we suddenly stop buying their seeds?
            Rather than blacklist the very people who are selling and/or growing healthy, organic, and/or heirloom vegetables, we should be working to understand the complexity of the business, the problems and the market and even help these smaller, individually owned businesses that never chose to find their business profiting Monsanto. They weren’t in on the sale of Seminis. Why would they ever think Monsanto would want to have anything to do with organic or heirloom vegetables?
            If Mister Zontag quits supporting these small individually owned growers by not buying their seed from a company (Seminis) that is owned by Monsanto, these small independent growers might give up growing our organic and/or heirloom vegetable seeds. They must make a living and if they can’t find another buyer like Seminis by next year or the year after will they stay in business? How long will it take for them to give up growing for us if they can’t find a different buyer? Is there a different seed buyer/distributer?
            Just how many companies will buy specialty seeds like organic or heirloom? These are a very small percentage of the home seed market. These small seed growers need a way to get their product to the marketplace THIS year so we the public can buy it and they can support their families. Or Monsanto wins.
            Your easy answer to the Monsanto problem, “Don’t buy any seed from any company having anything to do with Monsanto,” might just be the easiest way for Monsanto to do away with their competition, healthy, organic and/or heirloom seed companies. We need more detailed information before we put our friends out of business, the small, individually owned, healthy seed growing companies that are NOT owned by Monsanto.

            August 30th, 2013 12:23 pm
        • sarah putnam

          g,ma get a grip !

          March 24th, 2014 3:25 pm Reply
      • Heather R

        That is just another shining example of misdirection from the companies. I am downright insulted by his hateful little ending paragraph. Nobody was “hiding” on the internet. Not one penny of my money will go to ANY company who does business, directly or indirectly with Monsanto. I make nearly everything we eat in my house from scratch and I will round that out soon with the remainder of what we eat so that even the grocery store will NOT get to accidentally give anything to them. No support for Monsanto!

        February 22nd, 2013 9:41 pm Reply
        • Chris Rodgers

          He was upset and for good reason. I didn’t think he was that horrible. Considering that the lists said his company was owned by Monsanto. Remember, when you just read the words without seeing a person’s body language it is easy to get their tone wrong. I believe I have read that 70% of what we communicate is NOT in words, it is from our gestures and vocal tone as well. He stood the possiblility of losing customer goodwill from someone printing something that was not correct about his business and family. He didn’t cuss, he didn’t insult, he didn’t imply anything. He did say a person is anonymous when on line and in a way that is true. We forget that the things we say online could detrimentally effect a decent and real person, not just a big corporation that really is faceless. I have heard there are studies that show we are less careful online. This man’s business has lasted since 1907. They must be a respected family and must be good to their customers. I think he had reason to be upset. I would have been also.

          August 30th, 2013 1:38 pm Reply
          • Harriet

            The purpose of this page to keep Monsanto out of our gardens. It is understandable that people are wary of “respectable families” that walk hand in hand with the devil. I like your point about over boycotting, but you can’t blame people for not wanting to feed the beast. There are better ways of distancing one’s self from Monsanto than writing a note, or shaking one’s hips. Many consumers do not care where there seeds come from, and others do. It seems difficult to pander to both types of gardeners. Sometimes anonymity causes bullying/slander, but it also can protect the population from fear of Inquisition, and allow more honest open discussions.

            February 19th, 2014 1:19 am
      • Eve

        Mr. Zondag would do better to realize he is communicating with potential buyers. The fact that he is giving any support at all to Monsanto is disappointing and his last paragraph lost my business.

        April 4th, 2013 2:15 pm Reply
  • Charlotte Lee via Facebook

    seeds of change was actually bought :( no longer the original company.

    January 23rd, 2013 12:38 pm Reply
    • Amy

      Be careful what you say so that there is no miscommunication. Seeds of Change has signed the Safe Seed Pledge. After seeing your comment here, I went to their website to check it out. Here is the quote from their website:
      Our trusted network of certified organic farmers takes great care to produce seed crops in areas that are as isolated as possible. In cases where there could be potential pollen migration (e.g. from commercially-grown corn, beets, chard) DNA testing is conducted to ensure the absence of any GMO material in any of our seed crops. To provide high quality 100% Certified Organic seeds, we follow the best practices available in the industry, specifically:
      An internationally recognized independent laboratory tests samples of all of our seed lots of corn, soybeans, beets and chard at the time of production to ensure the absence of any GMO material.
      Our seed production locations are sufficiently isolated from fields of conventional crops that could be a potential source of GMO contamination. For example, our corn seed is produced in the western U.S., not in the midwest where the majority of conventionally-grown corn is produced.
      We are also signers of the SAFE SEED PLEDGE.

      January 24th, 2013 4:39 pm Reply
      • Charlotte

        I understand that they are striving for GMO free seeds but the fact that the company that purchased them is green washing doesn’t change the fact that it still puts profit in the hands of a company that largely supports Monsanto and in turn also lines their pockets. I’d prefer to continue doing business with any of the hundreds of companies that are locally owned and operated without corporate giants purchasing them up.

        January 25th, 2013 2:46 pm Reply
      • Tim

        Seeds of Change was purchased by Mars which donated almost 400k to defeat Prop 37 in California. They donated more money than most of us earn in several years to make sure the people of California didn’t have the ability to know whether Monsanto’s toxic crap ended up in our food.,_Mandatory_Labeling_of_Genetically_Engineered_Food_%282012%29

        So no, I don’t believe for a second that Seeds of Change believes in our cause. I think they’re “green washing”, it’s actually a huge problem for me that they were allowed to sign the Safe Seed Pledge given their ownership. Their parent company is just as in bed with Monsanto as Pepsi and Kraft Foods.

        January 30th, 2013 2:08 pm Reply
        • Goats and Greens

          Sad to learn that Seeds of Change was bought out. I used their seeds for many years in the past. (This years is Baker’s Heirloom Seeds.)

          February 1st, 2013 12:07 am Reply
      • LM

        Corporations are people (in case you didn’t know). The human being who work for Seeds of Change may disagree with The Corp, yet their profits still benefit Monsanto.

        February 10th, 2013 10:41 am Reply
      • Heather R

        ANYONE can fill out that safe seed pledge. Considering Johnny’s Seed’s affiliation with Seminis, people need to remember, if you don’t want to support Monsanto, you can’t do business with any company who does any business with them, not just the seeds. I mean no equipment, no supplies, no fertilizer, NOTHING. Otherwise, you are wasting your time boycotting the seeds. Every penny they get makes them bigger and more powerful.
        So that begs the question, while Seeds of Change signed the safe seed pledge, how much business do they give monsanto? After all, look at the link to all the heirloom, non-gmo seeds Monsanto now owns. Just look. Signing the safe seed pledge means nothing in regards to slowing down monsanto’s control over our gardens and our lives.

        February 22nd, 2013 9:32 pm Reply
        • Shirley

          Heather do you know what seeds to buy

          December 17th, 2014 7:58 am Reply
      • Ian

        Thanks, saved me some effort on researching that company, as the company I work for started carrying their seeds this year.

        February 28th, 2013 2:23 am Reply
      • Kaya Jacolev

        Please not that Osbourne Seed Company (Mount Vernon, Washington) is listed in both a list of “do not buy”s and another list of purportedly “safe” seeds.

        March 30th, 2013 11:45 am Reply
      • Celeidh

        Seeds of Change was bought by Mars Co but if you look into Mars co, they are one of the largest still FAMILY OWNED companies out there. Just because they’re very successful doesn’t mean they’re evil. :) If they are I don’t want to know, I already boycott SO many companies, I need candy!!!

        April 22nd, 2013 5:23 pm Reply
    • me and mine

      Are you sure it isn’t the soil, you might want to get the soil tested. They spray Chemtrails by jets, to put barium aluminum and other bad gasses in the air for the sake of only being able to grow monsato seeds only. I do not remember what the website was but it was a warning to people about gardening this year and last! Inform yourself on the chemtrals and HAARP. Can have a lot to do with your soil.

      March 5th, 2014 7:54 pm Reply
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    January 23rd, 2013 12:37 pm Reply
    • Mark Bailey

      By far the best Heirloom seed company around!

      March 29th, 2013 4:55 pm Reply
      • jp

        I have had bad luck with their seeds this year and last. probably wont use them again

        April 3rd, 2013 12:31 pm Reply
        • Lanes17

          I had a 98% germination rate from all of my seeds from them this year. My guess is they corrected problems, because I am going to have a bumper crop if I can figure out where to plants all there plants! LOVE

          May 15th, 2013 1:45 am Reply
          • Carl

            Lol – 98% germination rate? Did you conduct your own germination study or do you work for Baker?

            July 10th, 2013 5:29 pm
          • muralartist

            He planted 100 seeds, 98 grew……duhhh

            March 14th, 2014 8:34 pm

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