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hostamomma
Dundee, IL

January 24, 2010
5:21 PM

Post #7491580

I want to make sure I source my veggie and fruit seeds from GMO free sources. I know the following seed companies sell (to the best of their knowledge) GMO free seeds from statements either in their catalog or web site:

Baker's creek (actually does testing)
John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
Territorial Seed Company
Johnny's Select Seeds
The Cooks Garden

also confirmed the above with the source of the safe seed pledge:

http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/Help/TakeAction.aspx

Companies I did not see and am not sure if the sell GMO seeds are:

Parks Seed
Burpee Gardening
Thompson & Morgan (suprised me as they are a UK company and GMO labeling is required in the EU)

Does anyone know if the above three sell GMO seed?

I'd like to order from them but will be limited to flowers only if I can't find out.

Any assistance will be appreciated.



greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2010
5:40 PM

Post #7491634

If they don't specifically advertise it, I would say the odds are very good that their seeds aren't GMO-safe. It's a lot of trouble to certify that, and companies that do go through that process use it as a selling point quite openly. I would particularly think that Parks and Burpee use whatever seed stock is available; Thompson and Morgan may have a different line of seeds that they sell here vs. in Europe. This is what they say on their site

http://www.tmseeds.com/Questions

but I don't know if that's just for their EU customers.
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


January 24, 2010
7:05 PM

Post #7491874

The only GMO vegetable seeds on the the market are Bt Sweet corns from Syngenta. They are not available to the general market and require a markets gardener to sign off on growing conditions. Those buying seeds in small quantities have no worries at this time. Field crops like corn, soybeans, etc are a different story.

bluespiral

bluespiral

(Zone 7a)

January 25, 2010
8:16 PM

Post #7495918

http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/ is committed to a philosophy that encourages saving and sharing open pollinated seeds. Besides selling seeds, J L Hudson Seeds also functions as a seed bank that anyone can participate in if they follow stated requirements. This company sponsors the Seed Germination forum on DG. Catalog entries on seeds are fascinating not only for cultural, germination and viability information, but also for the role some of the seeds have played in human and ecological history.

Karen
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 29, 2010
4:07 PM

Post #7508777

www.seedsavers.org is a great one; my entire garden except for the potatoes and sweet potatoes will be from their seed.
dlbailey
Central Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 19, 2010
5:38 AM

Post #7570977

The problem is not buying gmo seeds so much as those containmentated by modified genes. I don't see Monsanto selling gmo plants or seeds directly to gardeners. It would be too risky since they save seed and almost impossible to check up on all backyard gardeners. However, I would be concerned that the seeds I purchase could have been cross-fertilized by a GE crop in a nearby field.

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