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Today’s important, must-read article comes from CNN|Money.com and describes a very concerning (to say the least) trend for genetically altered plants to contaminate traditional, non-GM plants. It is especially disturbing when these altered franken-plants find their way into our foods, when they have NOT even been approved for human consumption. This is very worrying, as is the sad fact that the USDA, who has a long and cozy relationship with Big Ag, decided to retroactively approve the GM plants in order to save their Big Ag buddies millions in lawsuits. Still think the USDA is looking out for our health interests?  Think again.  Click here to read this important article.

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GMO Primer from Jeffrey Smith

Many of you have heard of Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette… he is one of the world’s leading authorities on GMOs. Here is a two-part video primer for those who are just learning about GMOs…. very informative!  Have a look:

Video Part 1

Video Part 2

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I never thought I’d say this. I was a staunch and vocal supporter of Obama. I voted for him and did whatever I could to help get him elected. Why? Because he said the right things. He made promises to us. He ran, and was elected, because of those promises. But he has broken those promises. One after the other.  I must now withdraw any and all support for Obama, and join the legions of disappointed and disenfranchised who backed him, only to be left with our mouths hanging open at his blatent and callous disregard for the will of his constituents.

From Natural News.com:

“Like Obama’s campaign promises to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; like his promises to bring out-of-control banksters and oil companies under control; like his promises to drastically reduce greenhouse gas pollution and create millions of green jobs; Obama has not come though on his 2008 campaign promise to label GMOs. His unilateral approval of Monsanto’s genetically engineered alfalfa, overruling the federal courts, scientists, and the organic community, offers the final proof: don’t hold your breath for this man to do anything that might offend Monsanto or Corporate America.”

“Obama’s Administration, like the Bush and Clinton Administrations before him, has become a literal “revolving door” for Monsanto operatives. President Obama stated on the campaign trail in 2007-2008 that agribusiness cannot be trusted with the regulatory powers of government.

But, starting with his choice for USDA Secretary, the pro-biotech former governor of Iowa, Tom Vilsack, President Obama has let Monsanto and the biotech industry know they’ll have plenty of friends and supporters within his administration. President Obama has taken his team of food and farming leaders directly from the biotech companies and their lobbying, research, and philanthropic arms:

Michael Taylor, former Monsanto Vice President, is now the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods. Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto-funded Danforth Plant Science Center, is now the director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Islam Siddiqui, Vice President of the Monsanto and Dupont-funded pesticide-promoting lobbying group, CropLife, is now the Agriculture Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative. Rajiv Shah former agricultural-development director for the pro-biotech Gates Foundation (a frequent Monsanto partner), served as Obama’s USDA Under-Secretary for Research Education and Economics and Chief Scientist and is now head of USAID. Elena Kagan, who, as President Obama’s Solicitor General, took Monsanto’s side against organic farmers in the Roundup Ready alfalfa case, is now on the Supreme Court. Ramona Romero, corporate counsel to DuPont, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as General Counsel for the USDA.

To read the rest of this article, click here.

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In this article from the Wall Street Journal, it is fairly easy to see that the federal judge, Jeffrey S. White, had the safety of the people in mind when he placed a ban on the genetically modified Roundup Ready sugar beet, stating that more safety studies needed to be conducted before this menace was unleashed onto the public. The USDA defied the judge’s order and told farmers they could go ahead and plant the frankenfood.  Clearly the USDA does not have the best interests of the public at heart.  Read the article here.

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An article today from Laetitia Mailhes describes the intent of several watch-dog groups to hold Monsanto accountable for the damage they do to organic/sustainable farming. As I have said before, change happens in the courtroom; these groups will endeavor to limit the damage done by Monsanto’s GMO crops, as well as to protect organic farmers’ crops from GMO contamination. God speed to the lawyers fighting the good fight!  You can find the article here.

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(scroll down for a list of seeds owned/distributed by Monsanto)
Safe Seed Companies
by Adrianne Schmidt on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 12:26pm

The first list below is a list of Safe Seed Companies- the first few listed under each region sell only organic- then those below sell some conventional seed as well, but it is noted if they sell Monsanto seed. If they do, avoid their conventional seed or check the second list, which lists Monsanto’s vegetable varieties.

The second list below is a list of popular Monsanto seed. It would be very lenghty if all were included, but there are links to Monsanto’s products pages so that you might do further research. Many seed re-sellers buy seed from a broker who has purchased a huge block of seed, the broker breaks up the order, and then re-sells to numerous mail-order seed companies. So, many companies carry the same seed. And unfortunately many of these seed companies then re-name the seed, adding to the further confusion as to which is a Monsanto seed. 😦

NorthEast _____________

High Mowing Organic Seed

www.highmowingseeds.com

100% organic certified seed: vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers.

Over 450 organic heirloom, open-pollinated and organic hybrid.

Vermont

Dirt Works

www.dirtworks.net

100% organic vegetable seeds and hardy organic heirloom seeds. Some open pollinated.

Grain, hay, forage, wildflowers, compost, organic fertilizers, pest control and accessories as well.

Note there are some complaints about shipping times posted on-line. Dirt Works was hit hard during recession and we hope they can hire more help.

Safe Seed Pledge.

Vermont

Turtle Tree Seed

www.turtletreeseed.com

Vegetables, flowers, herbs, grain and cover crops.

Mostly organic- clearly marked.

Biodynamic, open pollinated, no hybrids.

New York

Fedco

www.fedcoseeds.com

Untreated vegetable, tubers, herb, & flower seed. Many certified organic.

Cover crops, soil amendments & supplies for organic growers.

Safe Seed Pledge. No GMOs, etc. Good prices. Order early.

Website a bit difficult to navigate.

Maine

Heirloom Seeds

www.heirloomseeds.com

All seeds are open pollinated (non-hybrid) and untreated.

No GMO. Many Organic. Good selection of organic.

Many garden packages. Organic fertilizers.

SW Pennsylvania

Harris Seeds

www.harrisseeds.com

22 organic veg choices- large selection of untreated seed.

Sells only large quantities. Sells Monsanto conventional seed.

New York

Johnny’s Seeds

www.johnnyseeds.com

Johnny’s has 324 organic products, including 198 vegetable seed varieties.

Many heirloom. Safe Seed Pledge.Still carries 40 Monsanto varieties, which is about 4% of their conventional vegetable varieties. Their intention is to replace them. See Monsanto vegetable seed list below, if you wish to avoid.

Maine

Cook’s Garden

is owned by Burpee Seeds.

www.cooksgarden.com

50 Organic Vegetables and Herbs. European and American heirlooms. Good recipes.

Their conventional vegetables might be Monsanto seed.

Check list below for list of Monsanto vegetable seed.

Pennsylvania

Mid-Atlantic _________________

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

www.southernexposure.com

Vegetables and herbs. Most certified organic, all untreated.

99% of seeds open-pollinated. No GMO. Safe Seed Pledge.

Grows 40% of own seed. Also sells bulk. Nice catalog.

Virginia

Sow True Seed

sowtrue.com

Vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Only non-hybrid, untreated, open-pollinated, heirloom and organic seed.

Safe Seed Pledge.

Asheville, NC

Seeds for the South

www.seedsforthesouth.com

Untreated heirloom vegetable and herb seed.

Very small selection of organic. Sells Monsanto seed.

Georgia

Park Seed Company (bought Sow Organic Seed Co. in 2007)

www.parkseed.com

Flower, vegetable and herb seeds.

Untreated, non-GMO, and some Certified Organic seed.

Note- it is easy to go off their organic pages onto the conventional and they sell some conventional Monsanto seeds.

See list of Monsanto products below.

South Carolina

MidWest _____________

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

rareseeds.com

Vegetables, flowers, herbs, bulk seed.

1400 heirloom varieties. Hugh selection. Good prices.

Only open-pollinated seeds: pure, natural & non-GMO. Good reviews.

Missouri

Botanical Interests

www.botanicalinterests.com/store/index_index.php

400 untreated vegetable, flower, herb seeds. A large selection of Certified Organic.

Signed Safe Seed Pledge. No-GMOs.

Beautiful packets- good info. Nice website.

Colorado.

Sand Hill Preservation

www.sandhillpreservation.com

700 heirloom seeds- vegetable, herbs, flowers, grains. Root vegetables, poultry.

Produce 90% of the seed they sell.

Untreated, some certified organic.

Signed Safe Seed Pledge. No GMOs.

Ordering only by regular mail.

Iowa

Seed Saver’s Exchange

www.seedsavers.org

A non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of heirloom seeds.

Largest non-governmental seed bank in the United States. Maintains more than 25,000 endangered vegetable varieties. Hugh selection of open pollinated vegetables, beans, potatoes, flowers and herbs. Many certified organic. Good prices.

Iowa

Heirloom Acres Seeds

www.heirloomacres.net

1000 varieties of open pollinated and heirloom seed.

Good selection of Certified Organic.

Very few seeds treated.

Missouri

Nature’s Crossroads

www.naturescrossroads.com

Seed varieties grown in Indiana for Midwestern gardeners.

Vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers. Safe Seed Pledge.

Most seed certified organic. Produce much of their own seed.

Indiana

Grannys Heirloom Seeds

www.grannysheirloomseeds.com

Good selection of heirloom vegetables and gardening suplies. Strawberries, onions

No organic but all open-pollinated. Signed Safe Seed Pledge.

Inexpensive peat pots.

Missouri

Northwest ________

Abundant Life Seeds

www.abundantlifeseeds.com

Certified Organic and Biodynamic vegetable, flower and herb seeds, garlic and potatoes.

Garden accessories. Safe Seed Pledge, no GMOs.

Oregon

Wild Garden Seed

www.wildgardenseed.com

Certified organic farm-original varieties of salad greens, vegetables, herbs and a few flowers.

Certified Organic heirloom and other open-pollinated seed varieties adapted for the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon

Victory Seed Company

www.victoryseeds.com

Rare and heirloom seeds. All seeds open-pollinated, non-hybrid and untreated.

Signed Safe Seed Pledge. No GMOs. Good size selection.

Oregon

Irish Eyes – Garden City Seeds

www.irisheyesgardenseeds.com

Potato, vegetable, flower and garden seeds.

Most all seeds organic, many heirloom. All untreated.

Washington

Territorial Seeds

www.territorialseed.com

Large selection of vegetable, herb, flower. Safe Seed Pledge.

Sells a small amount of Monsanto’s conventional seed. See list below.*

Oregon

Southwest _____

Bountiful Gardens

www.bountifulgardens.org

A non-profit and a project of Ecology Action which does garden research and publishes books and research papers. Large selection untreated, open-pollinated, non-GMO, heirloom seed. Vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, mushroom kits, green manures, compost and carbon crops. Good prices.

Some Certified Organic and Biointensive.

Willits California

Seeds of Change

www.seedsofchange.com

100% organic certified seed: vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

Over 1,200 varieties: many heirloom, open-pollinated, native and hard-to-find.

New Mexico

Peaceful Valley

www.groworganic.com

Certified Organic Vegetable and Herb Seeds and much more. Packets or bulk.

Sells own brand of Certified organic- plus sells Seeds of Change, Renee’s Garden Seeds, Turtle Tree Organic Seeds, TomatoFest Organic Seeds, Horizon Herbs Organic Seeds.

Grass Valley, California

Seeds Trust

www.seedstrust.com

Vegetable, wild flower, herb and grass seeds

Sells only open-pollinated and untreated seed. Organic seeds are marked with an asterisk.

Signed Safe Seed Pledge. Sells many of their own seeds. Website a bit challenging.

Specializes in high-altitude and southwest seeds.

Arizona

Sustainable Seed Company

www.sustainableseedco.com

Only heirloom open-pollinated seed. No hybrid, treated or gmos.

65% of all heirloom vegetable seed is grown on organic farms in California.

Over 100 varieties of heirloom seeds for less than a $1.

Petaluma, California

Native Seeds

www.nativeseeds.org

Non-profit. Sells 350 varieties of heirloom arid-land adapted seed.

Arizona

Natural Gardening Company

www.naturalgardening.com

Vegetable, herb and flower seeds. Many organic and open-pollinated.

Organic plants, but hybrids too. Sells some Monsanto seed. Check list below.

Petaluma, California

 

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Popular Monsanto (Seminis) seeds

for full listing of Seminis seeds hit vegetable name, which will take you to appropriate Seminis’ page. To see De Ruiter varieties hit De Ruiter link under cucumber, eggplant, tomato, pepper. To make things even more confusing, each mail-order seed company might resell the same seed but use a different name for it. The only way you can be 100% positive you are not buying a Monsanto seed is to check with the re-seller or buy from a company selling their own seed or organic or open-pollinated.

Beans: Brio, Eureka, EZ Gold, Goldrush, Kentucky King, Lynx, Xera…

Broccoli: Captain, Heritage, Liberty, Packman, more…

Carrot: Nutri-Red, Sweet Sunshine, Karina, Chantenay hybrids, Chantilly, Lariat

Cauliflower: Cheddar, Fremont, Minuteman, more…

Cucumber : Babylon, Dasher II, Daytona, Homemade Pickles, Speedway, Sweet Slice, Yellow Submarine, Sweeter Yet…link to De Ruiter cucumber list…

Eggplant: Black Beauty, Dancer, Fairy Tale, Gretel, Hansel, Tango, Twilight…De Ruiter Eggplants…

Lettuce: Baby Star, Blackjack, Esmeralda, Lolla Rossa, Monet, Red Butterworth, Red Sails, Red Tide, Summer time…

Melons: Alaska, Bush Whopper, Casablanca, Dixie Jumbo, Early Crisp, Stars and Stripes, Sugarnut, more…

Okra: Cajun Delight

Onion: Arsenal, Candy, Hamlet, Mars, Red Zeppelin, Superstar, many more…

Peppers: Aristotle, Biscayne, Camelot, Caribbean Red, Cherry Bomb, Dulce, Early Sunsation, Fat and Sassy, King Arthur, Northstar, Red Knight, Serrano del Sol, Sahuaro, Super Chili, Valencia, many more…De Ruiter pepper varities…

Pumpkin: Buckskin Pumpkin, Orange Smoothie, Prizewinner, more…

Spinach: Bolero, Cypress, Melody, Unipack 151, many more…

Squash: Autumn Delight, Blackjack, Bush Delicata, Butterstick, Daisy, Early Butternut, Fancycrook, Gold Rush, Latino, Lolita, Patty Green Tint, Really Big Butternut, Seneca (all), Sungreen, Sunny Delight, Table Ace…

Tomato: Baby Girl, Big Beef, Beefmaster, Beaufort, Celebrity, Favorita, First Lady I and II, Early Girl, Geronimo, Golden Girl, Maxifort, Pink Girl, Sunguard, Sun Chief Sweet, Sweet Million, Trust…link to De Ruiter tomato varieties…

Watermelon: Bambino, Crimson Glory, Royal Flush, Royal Star, Stargazer, Starbright, Stars and Stripes, Tiger Baby, Yellow Doll

 

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As an alternative way to shop for seed, visit the non-profit Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Organic Seeds Database-www.omri.org/seeds –  lists certified “final handlers” for organic seed. List is by produce. Pick a vegetable and find a seller.

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Here are some of the brand names that Monsanto owns and ‘packages’ their seeds as:

American Seeds, Asgrow, Campbell, DeKalb, De Ruiter, Diener Seeds, Fielder’s Choice, Fontanelle, Gold Country Seed, Hawkeye, Heartland, Heritage Seeds, Holdens, HPS Seed, Hubner Seed, icorn, Jung Seed, Kruger Seeds, Lewis Hybrids, Peotec, Poloni, Rea Hybrids, R.H. Shumway, Seeds of the World, Seminis, Seymour’s Selected Seeds, Specialty, Stewart, Stone Seed,Totally Tomatoes, Trelay, Vermont Bean Seed Company, Western Seeds. ****

But remember seed companies buy Monsanto seed in bulk

and then repackage it under their name as well…

 

 

References:

www.seedalliance.org/Seed_News/SeminisMonsanto/

www.indyweek.com/indyweek/the-seeds-of-vegetable-diversity

**www.deruiterseeds.com/Corporate/Monsanto

 

***www.etcgroup.org/en/node/198

****www.msu.edu/~howardp/seedindustry.html

 

Taken from : http://inspirationgreen.com/organic-vegetables-start-out-as-seed.html

 

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An article published yesterday by Ronnie Cummins of Organic Consumers Association (a great organization, check them out here) illustrates a very disturbing trend; organic companies like Whole Foods Market (WFM), Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm are caving to Monsanto…. from the article:

“Why Is Organic Inc. Surrendering?

According to informed sources, the CEOs of WFM and Stonyfield are personal friends of former Iowa governor, now USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and in fact made financial contributions to Vilsack’s previous electoral campaigns. Vilsack was hailed as “Governor of the Year” in 2001 by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and traveled in a Monsanto corporate jet on the campaign trail.”

We see this corporate, behind-the-scenes quid pro quo so much, it appears to be the norm, rather than the exception. Something must be done.

As I have said before, and I will continue to shout it from the rooftops: Vote with your wallets.  DO NOT BUY GMO PRODUCTS! Together, we can have an impact. For the rest of the article, click here.

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