We are using the Mother Earth News Safe Organic Seed Article to provide you with a national list of safe organic seed sources In addition we have added one more in New Hampshire that we mention in our Growing Melons Blog Post – Valentine & Sons Seed Company LLC
This is a valuable resource. Many old and trusted seed companies are now owned or controlled by Monsanto.
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 many of the names of the seed varieties themselves!
Avoid buying from the seed companies affiliated with Monsanto. Here’s a list of these seed companies.
Buy from this list of companies Monsanto HASN’T bought and are not affiliated and do NOT do business with Seminis.
Avoid certain heirloom varieties because Monsanto now apparently owns the names. This article lists the seed varieties to avoid.
Ask seed companies if they have taken the Safe Seed Pledge. Here’s a list of companies that have done so.