Much to our dismay, Monsanto is still sleuthing the seed industry much like those slugs and snails that invade your young garden at night time. However, choosing your seeds responsibly will help keep the predators at bay, and hopefully eventually crush them out of existence. In fact, educating yourself about the vegetable and flower varieties that do best in your climate will give your garden a great advantage over pests and diseases that it might otherwise be prone to. Choose seeds from some of the non-GMO seed companies listed below for your garden this spring and summer, and enjoy the fruits of awareness and conscious gardening!
1. Seed Saver’s Exchange
Founded in the midst of the first modern day back-to-the-land movement in 1975, the Seed Saver’s Exchange has been offering heirloom seed varieties to any type of gardener. This non-profit organization is dedicated to conserving and promoting “America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. ”
Also known as Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, rareseeds is a company offering some of the more rare heirloom varieties out there. With over 1800 seed varieties on offer, the company is proud to have veggies like Black Incan Corn, Coffee Okra and Marble Beans on its roster.
A well organized webshop with a plethora of seed varieties, seedsNOW offers pure heirloom non-hybridized seed varieties that are free from genetic engineering. They even offer samplers and free giveaways!
4. Collect Your Own
Saving your own seeds is the most sustainable way to keep your garden free of GMOs. Just make sure that you are saving seeds from plants that were planted with heirloom varieties obtained either from family or friends that can vouch for their authenticity, or from seeds bought from a responsible seed company.
5. Safe Seed Resources List
You can use this list from the Council for Responsible Genetics to find non GMO seeds in your area. Do your research and connect with the seed providers to see how committed and aware they are of the non GMO movement and its impact.
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