It’s time to start thinking about the type of vegetables you want to plant for spring 2019. I love browsing through seed catalogs and dreaming of all the vegetables and flowers I wish to grow. Most of the time I have to curb my enthusiasm…organic gardening can be hard work and can become a chore if you’re not careful. Keeping it small and manageable is key. Plus, living in the city limits the amount of gardening space.
Whether you’re planning on purchasing vegetable plants or seeds, please, please make sure they are organic and non-GMO. Once you lose your healthy state, it is very, very difficult to regain it back.
If you plant seeds, make sure you buy organic, non-GMO seeds. There are a number of reputable seed companies who have taken the Safe Seed Pledge that shows their commitment to non-genetically modified organism (GMO) seed. Here’s a little history of the Safe Seed Pledge…
WHAT IS THE SAFE SEED PLEDGE?
Safe Seed Pledge was created in 1999 when High Mowing Organic Seeds guided a coalition of 9 other seed companies in drafting a statement about the signers’ stance on genetic engineering. To date, the Pledge has been signed by over 370 seed companies worldwide.
In signing the Safe Seed Pledge, these seed companies commit to non-GMO (genetically modified organism) seed in their business. Why was the Safe Seed Pledge created? Because the regulatory environment for monitoring GMO products was considered flawed, “and that GMO seeds themselves present a threat to plants’ genetic diversity through their ability to pollinate non-GMO plants.”
Interested in reading more? Go to High Mowing Organic Seeds.
For a list of GMO-free seed companies in your country, click here for the Council of Responsible Genetics, a sponsor of the Safe Seed Initiative.
Personally, I have tried and very happy with the following U.S. GMO-free seed companies… Territorial Seeds, Renee’s Seeds, and Seed Savers Exchange. Although I’ve tried Botanical Interest seeds because of their local availability and variety, seed germination has been spotty.
Avoid Burpee Seeds and Park Seed found in home improvement stores, like Home Depot, Lowes, etc….these seeds have neither taken the Safe Seed Pledge nor is listed on the Council for Responsible Genetics list. If you are aware of other seed companies selling in the big-box stores and find they are not on the Safe Seed Resource List, please let me know.
An earlier post on Roundup causing cancer highlights the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer earlier this year. Keep Monsanto-Bayer out of your garden by buying only seeds and plants from companies on the list by the Council for Responsible Genetics!
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, with strong holdings in beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and peas!
The takeaway is…be careful where and from what company you buy your seeds or plants from. Read the packaging or website carefully…be an informed consumer because your health depends on it!