Seeds of Change is a small seed producer, formed in 1989 to promote organic agriculture and ensure that organic growers have access to quality organic seeds. Do your research and connect with the seed providers to see how committed and aware they are of the non GMO movement and its impact. It’s that exciting, hopeful time of year again: All the seed catalogs have arrived and it’s time to plan your garden and buy seeds. Monsanto . We need to keep GMO contamination in perspective. I searched permies to see if information regarding trademarked heirloom varietal names owned by Monsanto and didn't find anything. The website I looked at said that they weren’t. I say find good worm castings and then mix that with your own soil, even as it is, and use that for your new plants. I knew about their practices already but I read your piece so I can stay informed and do my part. GMO seeds are not available for gardeners in garden stores, they are only available for farming companies with a signed contract. GMOs have been a dismal failure and have greatly hurt farmers and local food systems worldwide, whereas agroecological methods are outperforming even the best industrial practices. You may not have to rely on catalogs for organic seeds, as many stores are now carrying organic selections from great seed companies right on the rack. Planting instructions are included with each packet and shipping is FREE! Some of Monsanto’s most significant purchases … Thank you so much for sharing this information! This is public record. As of 2005, Monsanto owns Seminis. They have infiltrated themselves into the government. In this case, whatever Kristy heard was false, and her casual misrepresentation of the company I work for border on libel. FWIW – here is statement directly from Burpee re: Monsanto, etc:, Thank you for sharing this vital information with us at Seasonal Celebration Wednesday! Source: Food And Water Watch, 2013 282 million: Number of acres Monsanto products are grown worldwide (up from 3 million in 1996). I’m sure our readers would really enjoy this. All their seeds are heirloom/non-hybrid too which is cool. If you happen to pass through Ladner, British Columbia (imagine you are traveling from Vancouver to Victoria), to visit our facility. I must agree – they do have a beautiful catalog – PDF and hardcopy. What about Small Footprint Family? For the record, I own W. Atlee Burpee & Co. Burpee is NOT owned by Monsanto. Sigh! As I am. During that year I add compost to the soil. (Plant pollination just doesn’t work that way.) I also used Scott’s EarthGro mulch….umm…another Monsanto company. It’s really tricky now that Monsanto is in the general seed business; they now own far more varieties of seeds than just the GMO varieties they created. If you haven’t read “Teaming with Microbes” that will help you with the improvement of soil. The implications are frightening. The monopoly on seeds is being attempted with seeds that produse fruits, vegetables with no reproductive ability in their seeds. It is unlikely that any organic soil you purchase will benefit Monsanto, since they sell only seeds and chemicals, so feel free to buy any organic brand! Look for potting soil that is OMRI(Organic Materials Review Institute) listed or OMRI certified to be assured of truly safe materials used. Also I move my garden around. This is a Seminis site that tells you who they sell to so you know who to avoid. They are not sold to gardeners. Thanks. Even some of the largest seed companies are beginning to offer a wider selection of organic, non-hybrid, and non-chemically-treated seeds. Comments are moderated. I prefer worm castings or worm casting tea (not to drink) to feed my plants what they really want. Kerry from Country Living On A Hill, Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble! We do not buy seed from Monsanto-owned Seminis. Or what is the point of your project? Hi I’m new here and had a question! These companies usually say that their goal is to reach more customers, but oftentimes that ends up being a double-edged sword. Monsanto makes me SO ANGRY. This blog is very informative and well written. Happy eating! 20 Perennial Vegetables to Plant Once for Years of Bounty! They are a business and are jumping on the bandwagon of what is selling and organic is hot right now and offer “organic” products. Support Organic Authority by subscribing to Premium and view the site with no ads. Jung. What fertilizer can I use that is free of GMO ingredients? We’re you aware that a former Florida State Apiary inspector, aND bee educator, Jerry Hayes, now works for Monsanto. Monsanto is now owned by Bayer. So, planting a GMO-free garden is not so simple as buying certified organic or heirloom seed anymore, now that Bayer/Monsanto owns so many seed distributors. Emerald Fire SV7017HJ containing X3R is a hybrid, not a GMO. ETC Group conservatively estimates that the top 3 seed companies control 65% of the proprietary maize seed market worldwide, and over half of the proprietary soybean seed market. This is the single most ethical and hardworking company I have ever worked for, and I am proud to come to our defense. Monsanto, an agrochemical company based in Missouri, is the largest producer of genetically engineered seed in the United States. At this time, certified organic seeds are only certified for British Columbia Your list is very incomplete. Thank you for this informative piece and keep spreading the word! I will plant in containers which worked great last year. I have a question. My brother was just talking about how seeds are genetically modified. Who is Monsanto? They have shiso (a/k/a oba, in 4+ varieties) and goba (burdock root [and they also have ha gobo]). Purchase, plant, and save seeds from heirloom varieties. She says the reason fish have such high omega 3s is they get it from plant life in the sea. I will be very happy to accompany you through a full personal tour of our offices, warehouse, and trial grounds. As stated in the article, it is up to the consumer to do their own due diligence and call the company if they have questions. Growers of organic heirloom and organic farm selected seeds. These are not GMO varieties, but their purchase does line the pockets of Monsanto. Currently the world produces enough food to feed more than 10 billion people, and over 40% of all food is wasted. Marge, Claremont CA. In this article there is a link that is supposed to take you to a list of companies to avoid as they are connected to Monsanto. I have checked this ,because i was interested in buying pest and fungus resistant seeds. Why help them when there are so many companies that do not have anything to do with Monsanto or Seminis which was bought by Monsanto in 2005? Avoid buying seed or seedlings varieties that are trademarked by Seminis or Bayer/Monsanto, including popular tomato varieties such as ‘Celebrity,’ ‘Early Girl,’ and ‘Better Boy,’ as well as a host of other common home garden varieties, like ‘Cheddar’ cauliflower and ‘Marketmore 76’ cucumbers. However, they are owned by Monsanto or Seminis, who are affiliated with Monsanto. Ask seed companies if they have taken the Safe Seed Pledge and tested their stock for GMOs. The legacy of Seed Saver’s Exchange is to tell you how to collect and store seeds. BIG difference! ". Just got my seed order from Seed Saver’s Exchange…love that company! In December 2015, Dow Chemical and DuPont proposed to merge, and then to split the merged entity into three independent and more specialized firms. Also known as Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, rareseeds is a company offering some of the more rare heirloom varieties out there. What do I use? Monsanto grabbed 40% of the U.S. seed market, The Difference Between Open Pollinated Seeds, Hybrid Seeds and GMOs, The 10 Best Seed Companies for Heirloom and Non-GMO Seeds, How to Control Fungus Gnats and Damping Off Organically,, The Difference Between Open Pollinated, Hybrid and GMO Seeds, Personally, I’ve bought seeds from Baker Creek Seed Company, who have a very large assortment of heirloom seeds, but feel free to shop and compare any and all of these companies. Here’s a list of these seed companies by location (enter you zipcode 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 above indicates numerous companies that are worthy of your patronage as compiled by the International Seed Saving Institute. And if so, was not the commenter accurate at the time she was writing? I appreciate your article. Let’s put that to rest once and for all. I wonder how many of those farmers are supporting only GMO-free heirloom seeds. These companies, while GM free (or claiming to be), are still putting money into the pockets of GM distributors, which is why they are on the boycott list. I feel better too. The saved seed is considered the intellectual property of the seed company too. We live on an acreage surrounded by farmers fields. Saving your own seeds is the most sustainable way to keep your garden free of GMOs. Open-Pollinated & Non-GMO seeds for the home and market gardener nationwide. Wouldn’t it be fraud if they say they are non-GMO and it’s a lie? As of 2005, Monsanto owns Seminis. This is the gorgeous team I have the pleasure of working with every day: Go ahead and buy from Burpee- just keep the list next to you when you do… 139. christina says. What do I buy ? GM-seeds can never be certified organic, according to the law, so Seeds of Change offers no GM-seeds. To briefly recap: Seminis was a provider of lots of garden seed to lots of different seedhouses. Organic is nice, OMRI does not really check on what goes on as often as they may need to. Shocking indeed. Founded in the midst of the first modern day back-to-the-land movement in 1975, the Seed Saver's Exchange has been offering heirloom seed varieties to any type of gardener. There is ample evidence to back this up and I’ve posted on this extensively. Seminis’ regular, non-GMO seeds are carried by many popular garden catalogs (including Burpee), and most large chains of nurseries and hardware stores. Purchase, plant, and save seeds from heirloom varieties. Thank you. Not so sure about that. He only sells them in a 30-variety pack, but it’s the best prices I’ve seen for that amount of seeds. I had never given this much thought as I’ve not had much experience growing my own food but I definitely intend to do more of this so it’s worth bearing in mind: I would love it if you shared this with Healthy Vegan Fridays, a blog hop co-hosted by 3 bloggers. In 2005, Monsanto grabbed 40% of the U.S. seed market and 20% of the global seed market when it bought out Seminis, making them the largest seed company in the world. Its a tough slog to stay vigilant. Just make sure that you are saving seeds from plants that were planted with heirloom varieties obtained either from family or friends that can vouch for their authenticity, or from seeds bought from a responsible seed company. In fact, Monsanto doesn’t own the listed companies; this item appears to be an attempt to compile a list of companies selling food items that make use of products developed by Monsanto … Thanks for sharing your post with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday. I bought my organic seeds from home depot, I don’t remember the brand of them…but are you saying not to buy these because if it’s owned by Monsanto then we’re supporting him? I am finding that the GMO free claims these seed companies make are just kind of unreliable. this is not true. They will produce viable seed, the resulting plants will just display varied genetics of the parents. I like the idea of using seaweed but won’t be using the fish fertilizer. BTW I love your site : ). Should I just ask them ? We also love that people are curious about food security and are seeking to feed their families with food that is free from the influence of multinational corporations and chemical companies. It started buying out seed companies as early as 1982. You may think this is casual. The pigment in krill is actually a natural preservative. It’s taken to a new level here in Florida, sadly. We just recently started learning about Monsanto and how they’re screwing up our food supply. thank you for sharing with us at the wednesday fresh foods link up! It is a must see. (just my 2 cents). I will never support a company who gives money to Monsanto. You have misread. Americans use way, way too much fertilizer – 95% of it unnecessary – as any good gardener knows! I would like to know more about the soils sold. 2. Hope to see you next time at: I make sure that every year at least two of them are allowed to lay fallow or “rest” for a year. Ok. All of those food documentaries have really opened my eyes and made me more aware. I am sad to see that some of my old seed companies are on the Monsanto list, but glad most of them are not. Unless your home garden is located rurally. To each his own, just try to be objective. Specifically, Monsantos infamous contribution has been Roundup, a glyph… We do all this work in the community, with seed donations, educating on organic gardening and sustainable agriculture, and sourcing the best quality organic seeds, and still we get smeared by asinine rumours on the internet. Bought seeds at Walmart (non-GMO) bought plants from a greenhouse I’m not sure about. Corn, soy, cotton, canola, and alfalfa are all GMO. I enjoy visiting this site and the info you post is very helpful. Monsanto saves its intellectual property for the commercial farmer making them sigh a contract. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I was not aware of this at all! There are 6 really great documentaries on Netflix right now. . They’re based in Maine – a 100% employee owned company, so that is pretty cool. “If you use a Public Area, such as comments area, you are solely responsible for your own communications, the consequences of posting those communications, and your reliance on any communications found in the Public Areas. “Monsanto has effectively gotten away with stealing the world’s seed heritage and abusing farmers for the flawed nature of their patented seed technology,” said Murphy. You should add at least DuPontm Syngenta, Limagrain, Land’O’Lakes, KWS, and Bayer (since the table below was compiled before the Bayer purchase. lol. Bayer, the second largest agrochemical company in the world, bought Monsanto for $63 billion. On Aug. 22, Chinese state-owned China National Chemical Corp. was cleared by US regulators to proceed with its $42 billion purchase of Swiss chemical and seeds company Syngenta. Here are four ways to keep Bayer/Monsanto out of your garden: 1. . Alan, you haven’t done your homework! Thanks for helping the fight against GMO (and of course Monsanto). Thanks for helping to find the best tomato seeds. Buying organic seeds assures better conditions for workers, the environment, and the soil, and it is better suited to organic growing. I thank you again for the chance to “clear our name” from the odious accusations of one uninformed contributor. Monsanto was the world’s largest seed company and owned over 80% of all the genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) seeds planted around the world. However, choosing your seeds responsibly will help keep the predators at bay, and hopefully eventually crush them out of existence. I have friends that work for them and have meet the wonderful owners, Tom and Julie Johns and they are not Monsanto’s. From one heirloom tomato on a farmers market stall by selecting over the seasons I have over 200 great tasting and high fruiting yellow mini pear clusters that are divine. Here's a link to the full article: Here's is a graphic of seed companies from 2014 not owned by or affiliated with Monsanto:. Twitter. One of the more outrageous schemes they pulled off in recent years was to ensure the passing of the “Monsanto Protection Act” that essentially prevented courts from prosecuting Monsanto over GMO-related health issues and was allegedly partly written by the company itself. In an abundance of caution we have removed them until we can investigate further. This is not a company any gardener would want to support. I follow a guy names Mike who has a site called and he talked about gmo-free seed companies. They do not offer GMO seed to us the Home Gardener. I think they are producing a GMO bee! Thanks for taking the time to write this informative article. West Coast Seeds sells no Monsanto products (or Seminis) whatsoever. However, I do want to point out that GMO seeds are not available to the home gardener. Premium is the ad-free experience reserved for paying members. We do NOT sell GMO seed, never have in the past, and will not sell it in the future. I have my my safe seeds , now seedlings. Hybrids do not cross the species barrier, and are not created using the same transgenic, recombinant DNA technology. Fantastic information! We do carry seeds from catalogs like Johnny’s, Burpees, Territorial, etc, but we have filters that allow you to search for only organic, OP, heirloom, untreated, etc. GMO summer squash is grown in very few places in the U.S., and is bee pollinated, so risk of it contaminating heirloom summer squash grown in another part of the country is highly unlikely. Hybrid and GMO are not the same at all! These lectins are making me sick. This can’t be good.. We absolutely do NOT under ANY circumstances need GMO or even industrial ag to “feed the world.” There is more than enough land, if we use it right. Rebecca @Natural Mothers Network x. If you have any questions about this, just phone me. Trying is not an outcome. In fact, many Monsanto products can show up under Bayer brands more and more. Monsanto is a biotech corporation that was founded in the early 1900s. I would be super sad to hear that all early girl tomato seed is now owned by Monsanto. I read in “The Pant Paradox” by Dr Steven R Gundry plants altered have generitically added lectins to the DNA. Monsanto has become the world leader in genetic engineering of seeds, winning 674 biotechnology patents, which is more than any other company. So now we will have lots of stuff and be one big advertisement for Miracle Gro and Bonnie Plants. Kay says. WHAT GIVES???? This is nothing short of poisoning unto a frog in pot of water coming to a boil slowly while He boils. You are also prohibited from selling the seed to other farmers. Last year was the first year we tried heirloom seeds and I was so impressed.,,, Your article mentions NOT buying seeds from companies associated with Monsanto in order to avoid GMO seeds, but FAILS miserably to mention that people should also AVOID buying MiracleGrow soil to plant your NON-GMO seeds in. I did just become a member of Seed Savers Exchange. My mom has finally been convinced not to order from them this year but I would like to tell her which conglomerate they are a part of. Organic means it is non-gmo so stay organic if you can. Currently there aren’t any GMO seeds available to gardeners, but if there were, the seeds would be indeed genetically modified. Microgreens and sprouts are probably the easiest to grow of all. We do purchase a small number of seeds from the garden seed department of Seminis, a Monsanto subsidiary, and so do our biggest competitors. MY ACCOUNT LOG IN; Join Now | Member Log In. They only have heirloom seeds and offer great customer service…..they taught me a lot about organic gardening when I first started out and would call them up! Thank you Dawn, for allowing us to have some clarity here. Like a gluten makes some people sick. Look into it! Hope to see you back today! Hybreds are natural organism that have been “bred” to increase given traits. In 2005, Monsanto grabbed 40% of the U.S. seed market and 20% of the global seed market when it bought out Seminis, making them the largest seed company in the world—supplying the genetics for 55% of the lettuce on U.S. supermarket shelves, 75% of the tomatoes, and 85% of the peppers, as well as many varieties of beans, cucumbers, squash, melon, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and peas. Sadly, I just learned that Seeds of Change has been bought by Mars Inc., which spent $500,000 dollars to fight GMO labeling in California last year. We have nothing to hide. Facebook. I hope this is helpful from one gardener to another! Sure, I do like to grow open-pollinated varieties because I do like to save seed, but I also grow a handful of hybrids because they perform well where other varieties don’t. 49176. So long as there is a demand for them (which there seems to be) the marketplace will provide them. This is really tricky because Monsanto owns the trademark for the names of these seeds, but they don’t actually own the variety itself. Essentially, GMO seeds are created in a laboratory, using biotechnology methods such as gene splicing. Geez…. It is estimated that Seminis controls 40 percent of the U.S. vegetable seed market and 20 percent of the world market—supplying the genetics for 55 percent of the lettuce on U.S. supermarket shelves, 75 percent of the tomatoes, and 85 percent of the peppers, with strong holdings in beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and peas. 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