Keeping Monsanto Out of Your Garden

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Spring is on the way, and seed catalogs are arriving in the mailboxes of gardeners across the land. What will you plant? What will your summer harvest look it?

More and more people are choosing organic and heirloom seeds, but what many folks don’t recognize it that Monsanto owns approximately 40% of the US vegetable seed market.

If you want to keep your support, and your garden, withdrawn
from Monsanto and GMO seeds, here’s a few things you might want to be aware of:

Purchase your seeds in places that have not been clandestinely   purchased by Monsanto.

Avoid buying from seed companies affiliated with Monsanto. Here’s a list of these companies: http://www.seminis.com/global/us/products/Pages/Home-Garden.aspx

Consider buying from this list of companies which Monsanto has not bought: http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/06/monsanto-free-seed-companies/

Not only has Monsanto purchased seed companies, they’ve also purchased the names of certain heirloom seeds. Here’s a list of seeds to avoid because they fall under this Machiavellian category: http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/17/monsanto-owned-seednames/

And finally, support companies that have taken the Safe Seed Pledge:  http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?pageId=261

There’s no reason why your spring and summer garden can’t be GMO and Monsanto-free–just make sure you know who you’re buying from.

 

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