I hate to preach doom and gloom but monsanto is buying up seed companies at an alarming rate, and they are the largest seller of GMO seeds in the world. I am afraid that groups like this will be the only thing saving heirloom seeds from extinction. maybe my fears are unjustified, if so, sorry for this post.
OWNED BY MONSANTO OR SEMINIS
Dege Garden Center
Earl May Seed
E & R Seed Co
Flower of the Month Club
Germania Seed Co
McClure and Zimmerman Quality Bulb Brokers
Mountain Valley Seed
Park’s Countryside Garden
Roots and Rhizomes
Seeds for the World
Seymour’s Selected Seeds
Spring Hill Nurseries
Tomato Growers Supply
Vermont Bean Seed Co.
Willhite Seed Co.
they also own many more companies that have supposedly taken a "safe seed" pledge but we all know that money is the bottom line and monsanto will do whatever it takes to sell their product.
I would suggest in the forums that I posted above. : ). Since open pollinated seeds can be saved, as opposed to hybrids, being an heirloom isn't as important. You may start a heated conversation but as long as it gets to the truth...
I did read that article and it said that some of these places sell seeds that are owned by monsantos, many of the well known hybrids, not that the companies are owned by monsantos. Many of the well known hybrid seeds are not available everywhere and can not be grown out by individuals or most seed companies (due to their secret parentage). My main interest is tomatoes and as long as the public wants to grow Celebrity, Early Girl, and Big Beef. Etc..companies are going to sell them but that doesn't mean that the company is owned by monsantos. I do try to stay clear of them tho. I grow mostly O/ P although I don't have the patience to isolate the plants enough to actually collect pure seed. Maybe some day.
It is a problem, because for whatever reason, many folks are hard on Monsano because of thier perceived promotion of GMO seeds. A problem because they are not even a leader in the field.
None of the major companies whether it be Monsano/Syminis, Syngenta/ Rogers, Sakata, Takii, Vilmorin/Harris Moran, Hollar, D.Palmer etc own any retail outlets. They sell to many of them. But it purely a customer supplier relationship.
Territorial is not owned by either company not does it any longer buy seeds from Seminis. We need to use common sense when dealing with this topic and not let emotions get in the way. It is not fair to hurt good companies.
I didn't know they did any genetic engineering. I thought they were just hybridizers and breeders.
I don't really have any information either way, I just know that they are both good sources for new varieties of Chinese cabbage and probably other vegetables.
Sometimes I think that people who don't like the trademarking and concentration of seed production and marketing by just a dozen or so companies globally, sometimes blur the distinction between companies they don't like and GMO seeds.
Actually there are no GMO vegetables available to homr gardeners. Syngenta has sold BT sweet corn for several years, but growers have to meet specific growing requirements to buy it. Seminis is supposed to offer it for 2014. but again only to commercial growers. Just about all the major seed development companies offer GMO field crops like corn soybeans etc. Many like DuPont and Bayer don't do vegetables at all.