Sources for Buying Non-GMO Seeds

Posted on Mar 2 2011 - 2:32am by Mike Lieberman


One of the questions that I often get and have had myself for a while is where can you buy non-gmo seeds or seeds from companies that aren’t owned by Monsanto.

Monsanto owns something like 90-95% of the seed companies out there. So the company might not be selling genetically engineered seeds, the money is still going into the pockets of Monsanto. I’m not down with that.

Here are some seed companies that I’ve either worked with or have been highly recommended by others.

SeedsNow.com

A family owned operation right outside of Los Angeles, provides 100% non-gmo, open-pollinated and non-hybrid seeds. When I asked them this is what they told me:

At SeedsNow.com, we are on a mission to help families and communities understand the importance of growing their own Organic/NON-GMO food – wherever they might live. It’s about growing your own, supporting local growers, and knowing where your food comes from.

We’re full supporters of the Safe Seed Pledge and only work with growers who share the same stance against Genetically Modified foods as we do. We will never buy or grow any seed from large corporations that make Genetically Engineered seeds. To be specific: We do not buy seeds from Monsanto.

The seeds we offer aren’t like regular store-bought seeds. These are 100% pure heirloom/non-hybridized seeds that are free from genetic modification.  These are seeds that can be been passed down generation-after-generation.

Our seeds undergo rigorous testing to ensure only the highest quality seeds are sold. Germination testing is done on a regular basis. All seeds are stored in a cool location to ensure they remain at their highest quality. “

UOG fans get 10% off their SeedsNow.com order just by using the code: URBAN10. Anything over $40 ships for free.

 

Botanical Interests

I also contacted, Botanical Interests to find out where they source their seeds from and their stance on genetically engineered seeds.

This is the response that I received from one of their representatives:

We understand people’s concerns regarding food safety and the health of the environment, and we do our best to be good stewards of the environment and to help people have access to safe, nutritious food.

Companies that care as much as we do

For this reason, these are companies that I can support and get behind. There are some seed companies out there that sell a small amount of Monsanto seeds (less than 10%), but it’s not like they are weening themselves off and going strictly non genetically engineered seeds.

I know that this is a business decision and much more goes into than I likely know. It’s easy for me to sit here on my laptop and spout off, but it takes action for things to change. Supporting these giants, as small as that support may be, will keep them growing and alive.

When it comes to the choices and purchases that we make, it’s best to know the source of where our stuff (be it food, clothing, seeds or whatever) comes from and support what we believe in. We cannot pretend to be blind to what really goes into and the results of our purchases.

Your turn…

What other non-Monsanto owned, non-GMO seed companies do you know of?

  • http://nycgardening.blogspot.com Meemsnyc

    I like that company too, and they have nice drawings in their catalog and seed packets. I like supporting the family owned businesses who are committed to non-GMO seeds. Is there a list of companies out there of what Monsanto owns?

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    It’s hard to find and get definitive answers. Some companies source a small part of their seeds from Monsanto suppliers. I’ve just been flat out asking their affiliations with Monsanto.

  • Anonymous

    Good info :)
    I’ve recently ordered from Baker Creek Heirloom and Tomato Fest.

  • Tango

    Also watch out for companies that buy from Seminis. Seminis is owned by Monsanto.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Nice. Baker Creek seem to be a fave of people.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Will do. Thanks for the tip.

  • Katherine

    I love Botanical Interests. Great selection, wonderful service, and appreciate their philosophy. I avoid Monsanto like the plague. I like Seed Savers and Seeds of Change as well.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Nice. I just learned that Seeds of Change is owned by the Mars Company who are the largest suppliers of candy…

  • http://www.eattheyard.com Eattheyard

    A nice bit of sourcing. I’ve had a good experience with Botanical Interests seeds in the past. I also like Baker Creek, Seeds of Change, and Seed Savers Exchange.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    I’ve been hearing a lot of good stuff about Baker Creek. I just learned that Seeds of Change is owned by the Mars Company who are the largest suppliers of candy…

  • http://twitter.com/MtvdNutrition Motivated Nutrition

    Thanks Mike! I recently started a small herb garden and couldn’t find non gmo seeds anywhere. This is great information. I’m going to pass it along.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Pay it forward.

  • Chefman2000

    What about the Certifited Organic brand of Ferry-Morse

  • Wendy

    Glad to hear you like them. I’m not affiliated w/them, either, but had to let you know the germination rate I get with Botanical Interests is amazing. I started some herbs, veggies, and flowers at the end of Jan., and w/in 3 DAYS they had germinated. ‘Course, they’re under fluorescent lights and kept warm, but still.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Hmm, I’m not sure of them.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Nice. That’s what’s up.

  • Katherine

    Ugh. Not really into supporting that either. I guess next year it is Botanical and Seed Savers.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    It’s both empowering and maddening knowing all of this, ain’t it?

    From what everyone has said Baker Creek is also legit.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent article!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks. Glad you enjoyed.

  • http://twitter.com/Dirt2dinner Julianne Idleman

    I’m having great results this year with my seeds from High Mowing. Even side-by-side in the same bed with the same variety from another source their seeds are ahead.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Cool. Will certainly keep them in mind as well.

  • Rachael

    If you want to get me riled up, talk about GMO’s. I’ve literally had nightmares about it and recently went to a garden show and was so angry when I came upon the display for Seminis. All of these people were shopping their racks and I can bet you most were completely clueless as to what they were buying. What I really wanted to rip their display down – but that wouldn’t be very civilized, now would it?

    We only offer Seeds of Change and Heirloom Organics to our customers as I’m fairly confident that they honor their Safe Seed Pledges not to sell GMOs. However, I will be keeping an eye on the SSC’s parent company, Mars. I’m currently looking at another company as a possible supplier: Irish Eyes Garden Seeds.

    http://www.urbangardensolutions.com/Heirloom-Organic-Seed-Packs-s/2478.htm

    Here is a list of companies that are either owned by Monsanto or are supplied by them or Seminis:
    * Territorial Seeds
    * Totally Tomato
    * Vermont Bean Seed Co.
    * Burpee
    * Cook’s Garden
    * Johnny’s Seeds
    * Earl May Seed
    * Gardens Alive
    * Lindenberg Seeds
    * Mountain Valley Seed
    * Park Seed
    * T&T Seeds
    * Tomato Growers Supply
    * Willhite Seed Co.
    * Nichol’s
    * Rupp
    * Osborne
    * Snow
    * Stokes
    * Jungs
    * R.H. Shumway
    * The Vermont Bean Seed Company
    * Seeds for the World
    * Seymour’s Selected Seeds
    * HPS
    * Roots and Rhizomes
    * McClure and Zimmerman Quality Bulb Brokers
    * Spring Hill Nurseries
    * Breck’s Bulbs
    * Audubon Workshop
    * Flower of the Month Club
    * Wayside Gardens
    * Park Bulbs
    * Park’s Countryside Garden

  • Geri Miller

    Hi Mike,
    Geri from Home Grown Edible Landscapes here. Check out my blog on non- GMO seed sources. The original discussion on the HGEL fb fan page was in 2009 but I’ve updated the info. Maybe it’ll help your readers. http://www.groedibles.com/2010/12/new-years-dreamin-seed-starting-gmo-free-seed-companies-and-other-seedy-things-we-lust-after-for-spring/

  • Veganishmom

    Thanks for the info, Rachael. I’m new to gardening and even newer to seed starting and had no idea where to get my supplies. My grandma gave me some catalogs of companies that she likes and they are all on this list. I was just getting ready to place an order with Park Seed, but that’s not happening anymore. Unfortunately I already made a purchase from Burpee. Oh well, now I know.

    Thanks again,

    Katie

  • Veganishmom

    Thanks for posting this, Mike. I just wish I had this info last week, since I already, unknowingly, bought some Monsanto seeds. I did purchase the rest of my seeds from Botanical Interests, though.

    Thanks again,

    Katie

  • Colin

    I for some reason though that if a company signed the “safe seed pledge” that they weren’t selling any GMO’s at all. I looked at johnny seeds and was almost certain that they were not selling cause they signed the “pledge” This stuff is confusing – are companies signing and lying in there disclaimers, because I am the kind of person if even they sell 5% of Monsatta seeds I won’t buy from them

  • Colin

    Hi Rachel, I for some reason thought that if a company signed the “safe seed pledge” that they weren’t selling any GMO’s at all. I looked at johnny seeds and was almost certain that they were not. This stuff is confusing – are companies signing and lying in there disclaimers.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    I’m with you too Colin. That’s why I contact the companies directly and ask if they buy or are supplied with any seeds from Monsanto or any of their divisions.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    As a consumer it’s maddening, ain’t it?!?!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thank Geri. Great and comprehensive list, but the format of it was hard to follow at some points. Would like to see separate lists of those that get seeds from Monsanto and those that don’t.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the list Rachael. It is completely maddening ain’t it.

    The other thing that bothers me is when people who write about or are in the “gardening” world support Monsanto and these companies (GWA).

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Knowing is half the battle. Unfortunately as consumers it’s up to us to investigate…not the companies to tell us the truth.

  • Colin

    The one thing I have noticed (nothing against visually stimulating websites either) that the glossier and fancier the website with scroll down browsers, adobe flash, ect. These seem to more than many times be the ones who sell GMO’s. I won’t say as a rule of thumb to avoid these, but be suspicious. Many of the people who are legitimate and are not selling GMO’s are mom and pop 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation that don’t have support staff in live chat browsers…:)) I’m just saying.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Haha. I like the rationale and connection. Oddly makes sense.

  • Jakenkait28

    Neat post-thanks for the info.

    I’ve had good luck with Seed Savers Exchange (http://www.seedsavers.org/) out of Iowa (they do mostly heirloom varieties) and recently bought some heirlooms from Hudson Valley Seed Exchange (http://www.seedlibrary.org/) that I’ve been really happy with too.

    I don’t support Monsanto either.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Nice. Appreciate the suggestions.

  • http://www.growingherbsforbeginners.com/healthy-herbs Rhonda

    How nice you posted this for your readers! We love Botanical Interests and buy a lot of their seeds. We also purchase from Seed Savers Exchange. Living and growing in Illinois farm country we see WAY too much of Monsanto.

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  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks. I’ve heard that Seeds Savers is a good source as well.

  • Danelle

    Why not save seeds from the previous year like farmers use to? It might be a bit more difficult with things like lettuce and carrots but other wise…

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Absolutely. Want to start doin that as well.

  • http://lovingnaturesgarden.com Alison Kerr

    I have bought Baker Creek and Botanical Interests this year. I’m also seeing the Ferry Morse organic packets at my local suppliers. I think I bought a couple of those too – I’d be interested to read about their affiliations.

    I didn’t know that Territorial and Gardens Alive get seeds from Monsanto, though I had heard that most seed catalog companies do so it doesn’t especially surprise me.
    I try to focus on heirloom and organic varieties which are open pollinated. Though I’ve not checked into it I reckon they are unlikely to be from Monsanto because I believe Monsanto focuses on seeds they can patent (GMO and hybrid seeds – basically new varieties).

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    I think that the main reason that Monsanto it buying up all of the smaller seeds companies is so that they can own more of the seed supply – GMO or not. It’s also another good way to fund their GMO research because they can fly under the radar buying their non-GMO seeds to fund their GMO ventures.

  • Colin

    Hey I contacted Johnny seeds and they say they don’t sell GMO seeds – take it for what its worth.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the info. Worth looking into more if gonna buy from them.

  • Chris

    some awesome peeps in my neighbourhood starting a Seed Library. Basically anyone can take seeds for free, just monitor what you grow, what grew well, what didnt and whatever did really well, save some seeds from the biggest plant and put it back in the library for next year! think its an awesome idea, screw Monsanto…

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Nice bro. Keep it local and create some community about it. Love it dude.

  • Gardening Jones

    Botanical Interest is an awesome company- I’m so glad you are helping to get the word out about responsible seed companies.
    Thank you!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Gotta help out those that do a great job.

  • Samantha

    I love you!!!! Thank you for your ethics and diligence. I’ve been looking and looking for products that haven’t been mucked around with. I will be voting with my dollar and passing this site around to everyone I can.
    Thanks again.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks Sam. Appreciate the love. Glad to connect.

  • rhonna

    i just found your site as i was trying to verify who owns botanical interests, thanks for answering my question! i ordered the all of my lil garden’s seeds from them this year, they’ve been fabulous. i grow to eat and cook with vegetables i couldn’t probably find or afford otherwise, and they have nearly everything i could want. thanks again, from wayyy up here in ithaca <3

    ps- if you ever do a garden tour, please stop by, cute boys who grow their own food are always welcome

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Hahaha. Thanks Rhonna.

  • http://twitter.com/GeekNeko Kitty

    Awesome post, I wish I had seen it sooner! I’m looking for non-GMO seeds at the moment… until recently, I didn’t realise how much seed was GM… :( I also was recently introduced to Monsanto (there isn’t a foul enough word for them). It’s a shame people really don’t hear about this stuff unless you know where to look (hint: you can’t find any of it on Monsanto’s website). Thanks again, Mike, you’re a good guy :)

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    It’s crazy how much they own and what they do. Thanks for the comment.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the additions.

  • Superklb1968

    The one thing that’s NOT mentioned is that they are a  non-Monsanto owned, non-GMO seed company! seems to me that they would point that out. sorry but I thought i’d point that out..

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Great point. Thanks for bringing it up.

  • Annette Ahlmann

    I understand that one of the pesticides in Monsanto’s seeds has been responsible for the massive death of our bees.  The pesticide affects the bee’s brain so that it cannot find it’s way back to the hive, thus the Queen and larvae do not get fed and one-by-one the bee colonies have been disappearing for years.  Monsanto now proudly boasts that they have engineered seeds that grow plants that do not need pollination.  They also claim they see no relationship between their seeds and the 2,000+ farmers in India who have committed suicide because their crops no longer yield seed — and they borrowed $ to buy seed (only Monsanto’s is sold in India AND they were not told that the plants would not yield seed at the end of harvest) and now they have no seed for the next planting, no money and no credit — and if they could buy seed, it would be sterile.  Looks like we’ve been sleeping while Monsanto is quitely cornering the world’s food market.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Sadly enough. That’s why we need to continue to raise awareness and let people what’s going on.

  • Anonymous

    Last night I saw a documentary entitled “Food, Inc.”  It really enlightened me to what is going on in the world’s food industry.  I highly recommend that everyone see it.

    FYI, I am not a left-wing radical, but much to the contrary, I am a conservative and I say shame on these multinational corporations that are not only, quite literally feeding us crap, but are also destroying our political system and our world.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Yes. Great movie.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the recommendations.

  • Chrissy Gurrola

    you’re hot!! if you are straight marry me…if you are gay be my friend! :)

  • Chrissy Gurrola

    but  on a serious note, I have been searching for heirloom non GMO seeds to start my own garden and do not know if I can trust their claims…good article. 

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks Chrissy. I’m straight and taken…

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Are there any specific companies that you’ve been looking at?

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    From my understanding Victory Seeds don’t have any connections with Monsanto and are GMO free.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Dope. Thanks for sharing this resource.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the heads up on that company. Appreciate.

  • em

    Just came across your site by googling non GMO seeds because I’ve recently been taking small steps to getting away from processed foods and harmful additives.  My 2012 garden is my next step and just started researching where to buy my seeds from.  This is a very helpful article and I’ve bookmarked your site for future visits!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Sweet. Glad to connect and keep me updated!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RLIUOEWJH4D2ROXDSS3BWP24NI Elizabeth

    Thanks for the article! Ive recently watched Food Inc. and The Future Of Our Food and Ive become really aware about what I consume. So Ive been wanting to start a garden but didn’t know how to in a small soace OR what seeds to buy, so this site helps a lot. Thank you for taking the time to create it!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thank you for taking matters into your own hands and being part of the solution!

  • Ama

    Its INSANE that we all support (whether overtly or passively)  this entire system of power that does us only harm. We are like frogs being slowly boiled. I think adults should always take responsibily, no matter how brainwashed they have been. But I feel so sorry for kids who grow up in this because they don’t have a choice.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Amen to that!

  • MimiGardner2002

    Thanks for the great info man!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    My pleasure.

  • Jason from Detroit

    awesome.  I was investigating Botanical Intrests to see if they were in any a subsidiary of Monsanto.  I refuse to buy anything from Monsanto out of moral obligation, so thanks for posting and for backing us up.  I’ll buy from Botanical Interests this year. Yes, we can make a difference.

  • Jason in Detroit

    True enough, Ama.  but one by one, we’re making a difference.  My 5 year old boy and his 3 year sister can explain to guests why we don’t eat “industry food” and why farms are better. We talk about natural oils, we make lard together, we ferment our own sour kraut, etc. . . so the cycle of corporation brain control can be and is being broken.  Let’s do it together.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    My pleasure bro. Glad I can spread the word about good companies. I’d also recommend SeedsNow.com They are one of my newer sponsors and have some great products and mission.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Exactly 1 + 1  + 1 + 1 + …. = a difference.

  • OptimusTurtle

    I love Botanical Interests seeds!  I discovered them last year in my quest similar to yours (non GMO and non Monsanto).  My husband and I do not buy from Monsanto companies either for moral obligation.  We support the “Local Movement” and purchase food and milk from local farmers; we also grow our own food and have chickens for eggs and goats.  Movies like Food Inc are great tools to educate people on their food.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Good stuff. Gotta support what we believe in.

  • Bernie Paquette

    Another option, 100% organic seeds from Vermont based company: http://www.highmowingseeds.com/

    Bernie
    Vermont

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Namaste2uom

    My seeds came already. I love BI

  • Dean Jenkins

    Hey Mike. Greetings from Pawleys Island,SC. Thanks for the Botanical Interests information. I have added them to my “favorites list” and will buy from them. Thanks, Dean.

  • Proflowerchild

    I get my seeds from Kitchen Gardener’s, they also signed and follow the safe seed pledge.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Good to know!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Glad I could help.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Nice!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Appreciate the recommendation.

  • Laurie

    Territorial Seed Company of Cottage Grove, Oregon also signed the Safe Seed Pledge and does not knowingly buy or sell GMO seeds or plants.  I buy all my seed from them

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Appreciate the suggestions.

  • AE Johnson

    what I like about BI is they are affordable. I am not a great gardener, so many of my “experiments” fail to thrive…I realize seed is always cheaper than food, but spending $3-5/pack is hard to dish out on a limited income.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Affordable or not affordable?

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Nice! Thanks for sharing.

  • April

    Thank you very much for researching this and sharing with us. I also appreciated your recent article explaining GMO’s. I was wondering about buying seedlings as this was my plan for this year after a rather unsuccessful attempt at starting from seeds last summer. How can we tell if they are started from non-GMO seeds? Thanks again!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Pretty sure that all plants sold to consumers are non-GMO. It’s a matter of who the company is owned by. The chemical companies have vested interest in seed companies, so the name might’ve remained the same, but the owner is a chemical company.

  • LynnWaz

    Thanks so much for sharing. They also have a great fundraising with seeds program that I will be using at an upcoming event to benefit a local no kill animal shelter. 

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    That’s awesome.

  • Melissa

    Where do you reccomend I buy garlic?

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Farmers market.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EWKCJBZYLYKGX6WJTOVRXAHYAM Kigit

    Thanks for the info…we are starting a group family garden and having non-gmo, Monsanto controlled seeds are so important to us all.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Sounds like a great project!

  • Winston Lacewing

    Thanks for spreading the good word about GMO seeds! Here’s a Bioregional list of seed companies that have signed the pledge. I suggest supporting smaller seed companies whenever possible. I am a farmer, and have had mostly positive experiences with Botanical Interests, but there are many options that lend support to smaller, organic farmers in need of support. I have had good luck with this company’s seed: http://www.agtoseeds.com

  • Winston Lacewing
  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bamboolyn

    Just ordered my vegetable & herb seeds today from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They have also signed the safe seed pledge & are anti-Monsanto. If we want to take back our food, we’ve got to support these small companies trying to do it right!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    That’s what’s up!

  • Deadmax7

    please do not forget that DuPont also  is in the seed business too and are probably just as bad but only the #2 player in the GMO biz.  So any business owned or doing  business with them should also be avoided.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Great point. Thanks for sharing.

  • laura

     i ordered from them last week after stumbling upon your site. going to plant this week

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Nice! What you order?

  • Amity

    I haven’t read all the comments here, but check out High Mowing Organics seeds, if no one else has suggested it. They have also taken the safe seeds pledge.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks. They’ve been mentioned. I should update this list with a bulleted list at the bottom of everyone’s suggestions.

  • Gluten Free Chickadee

    Thanks! This is helpful. Have you ever been able to go to a local nursery or home improvement center for seeds, or do you just order them? I have a good 10×15 space on my rooftop that I want to start growing on. I live in West Los Angeles. Is early April too late to start growing? What grows well in this climate? Thanks and keep it up!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks!

  • Pskall13

    Why can’t we start an educational suppot group to Walk The White House. Why not enlist the Presidents wife. I just heard about this and would like yo help get the word out.

    Are we powerless? Phyllis Skall pskall13@yahoo.com

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    By all means organize it. I prefer to reach out to individuals and groups in other ways. You go that way and I’ll do this. Very powerful.

  • Amber

    The White house made the VP of Monsanto the Director over the FDA- good luck w all that! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kalei-Cope/100001221677995 Kalei Cope

    Mike, Thank you so much! 
    You are a breath of fresh air :)  I’m definitely purchasing your recommendation for non-GMO seeds!! I live in Las Vegas and currently researching materials needed for my 1st urban garden! What better way than “Grow Up….GMO Down” :) ~Kalei @ Urban Culture Magazine 

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    We still have the power.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1669596101 Keara Quiroz

    white house has petitions now..try that as a start of point.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    That’s what’s up!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Caritotorres24

    Mike have you considered asking this company to share a link of an ad here? Just to make it easier for everybody to access the good seeds :)

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Yes. I have.

  • http://www.seasonalwisdom.com/ Teresa O’Connor

    There are actually more than you would think, Mike. Renee’s Garden Seeds, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and of course, Seed Savers Exchange (SSE), who is the nation’s leading non-governmental heirloom seed banks. SSE is certainly one of the most respected seed organizations in the United States, and offers very unusual heirloom seeds from its members too. And Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is an active critic of anything Monsanto-related, as fans of their wonderful seed catalog already know. Teresa

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Yes absolutely are lots more, but wanted to provide a list of companies that I’ve worked with, was concise and easy to manage. I’m not a fan of those huge lists…they are ridiculous and overwhelming. That’s why I let people chime in the comments with some other great companies.

  • Bamboolyn

    I ordered all my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds this year. My order was accurate & complete & I was surprised how quickly it arrived.  I will definitely do business with Baker Creek again.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Nice!

  • TerrorByte

    So I am kinda new to all this but does that mean then that I can harvest the seeds from the plant I grow and plant them if I buy from these seed provides?

  • TerrorByte

    So I am kinda new to all this but does that mean then that I can harvest the seeds from the plant I grow and plant them if I buy from these seed provides?

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Yes

  • Insider

    I actually work for a seed company. We are not owned by Monsanto, however we do sadly stock many items from them. I was tempted to throw out some stock that I had seen from them, but I really need to keep my job. We get product from other vendors as well, including organic. This past season I wanted to actually have an organic packing station (which we are actually required to have) and was told that it would be too hard to accomplish. That really got me upset. So we are packing our organic seeds with the same bowls and spoons and whatnot that have have thiram (and a whole other slew of pesticides) all over them. And we have certification to pack organic products….

  • Insideragain

    Also, the person that last came in to do our organic certification had no idea what they were actually looking for.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    That’s all pretty sad.

  • Gnine0326

    Baker Creek Heirloom Seed bank

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Nice one.

  • Fleur

    Italian Seed and Tool are where I order alot of seeds. I have asked if their seeds are GMO and the owner said know. I have had very good luck with these seeds. Do you know anything about this company? It is located in ALB, NM.

    Also, here in the Dallas (tx) area, we have had alot of rain recently. Iy’s starting to get hot now but I’m noticing that my San Marzano tomatoes are loaded with fruit but almost all have blossom end rot. Do you know anything about this? Would Epsom Salts help asI’ve been told. Help!
    Marquita

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Never heard of that company before. The epsom salt might work for you.

  • Seattle Growers Unite

    Seattle Seed Co. has all organic, non-GMO seeds and pledges to never purchase from Monsanto or Monsanto-owned companies.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Word. Thanks for the reco.

  • Ljgervais

    what about Seeds of Change? i use alot of their seeds so hopefully! as far as bontanical interests….. they sell conventional and a small line of organic. any idea what that’s all about? love their seeds…just wondering :)

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Seeds of Change is owned by the Mars Company (yes the candy company), who I personally do not support.

    Yes Botanical Interests has both organic and conventional seeds. What do you mean…what’s it all about?

  • Mrs. Christine Martin

    Terratorial Seed company in Cottage grove Oregon sells their own seed NON GMO and its great quality produce that comes from their seed

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks .Good to know.

  • Guest

    Dervaes they’re an family owned urban farm located in the City of Pasadena.  Totally cool.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Word. Thanks.

  • LilouDesLandes

    Hi there, Seeds of Change claims that all their seeds are 100% organic.
    More here: http://www.seedsofchange.com/about/organic_seeds.aspx

    Happy organic gardening !
    BR from France.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    They might be organic, but owned by the Mars company, whom I don’t support.

  • Becky

    Hey Mike!  How about RARE SEEDS( Baker creek). SEED SAVER EXCHANGE,  also WOOD PRAIRIE POTATOES and stuff from Maine. I have ordered stuff from all and was pleased with my orders. As with all gardens, you need to control bug/pests and other stuff. have had good results with items from GARDENS ALIVE. They are as concerned as we all are about doing things organic. 

  • Privatename9

    Mike – great site – thanks!!!  Truly awesome.  Question: I was looking at botanical interests and they said they don’t “knowingly buy or sell GMO”.  hmmm…thoughts?Sounds like they might buy seeds from 3rd party that either a.) could be GMO or b.) could be GMO infected – how do you distinguish?  :)  thanks!!  

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    I hear you, but I think that might be over-thinking it a bit. Based on my dealings with them, I’d trust that at their word that they are doing the best with the resources they are given and not attempting to fool us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1783615175 Leta Walters

    great site great info! Thanks Mike.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1783615175 Leta Walters

    great site, Thanks for the information Mike!

  • http://www.facebook.com/VeganSteffy Steffy Sigar

    Burpee Seeds are sold in Wal-Mart and they are the ONLY seeds sold in the Nursery Wal-Mart Redlands, CA…

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.cullington.7 Sam Cullington

    Does anyone know of a place where I can buy ORGANIC NON-GMO seeds of Chamelia sinensis (green tea)??? I would love to grow my own so I can home brew my own tea, but I cant seem to find anywhere. Reliable sources and sellers desired. Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/hrpartin Heidi Rowe Partin

    I highly recommend Sow True Seeds. They are a great seed company in Asheville, NC. They have made a real effort to get the word out about GMO’s in the local arena.

  • JP

    Eric Toensmeier’s book “Perennial Vegetables” lists dozens of sources and is a great resource, otherwise.

  • RebeccaJ

    Fedco Seeds!!! They have everything, as well as fruit trees, bushes, bulbs, flowers….anything and everything. And they do not grow anything with GMO seeds, as well as mostly organic and even some biodynamic as well. They are THE only people other than Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds I will buy seeds.

  • kevin

    I live in Los Angeles, and I want to go seedsnow to buy some seeds.
    Can you let me know the address?

  • kevin

    Hi, I live in Los Angeles, and I want to buy some seeds.

    Can you let me know the address?

    I prefer offline shoping.

  • kevin

    address of seedsnow.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Not sure if they have a brick and mortar store. You’ll have to contact them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mckenzielewis LeAnn McKenzie Lewis

    Im about to start a seed bank for our family, and live in SC. What I need to know is, if its important (and Im thinking it is) that the seeds you buy come from your own area? For instance somthing that grows great in MI or WA wouldnt fare so well here in this heat. I googled non GMO/Heirloom and came up with one place here in SC, the thing is they also sell Hybrids (which kind of scared me) Vegetable Seed Warehouse. Can you hepl me out here? I need to get on this ASAP.

  • zencherry

    Love this company! They are absolutely GMO-free.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.block.710 Lauren Block

    Mike –

    Thank you. This article, while it makes me incredibly sad, also inspires me to start asking more questions. Thank you for the impact that you’ll have on my family and friends with my garden this year.

    Lauren

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1486723787 Candice Brasington

    The seeds sold at Dollar General under the label American Seed are NON-GMO and no chemicals.

  • Natalie

    Are you on Facebook? Would love to follow your knowledge. I’m trying to start my own garden.

  • Anne

    The Virtual Farm Seed Co. sells only heirloom non-gmo seeds and they are not associated with Monsanto. Also they only charge $2 shipping for any size order. Some of the other companies charge $6 or $7 just for shipping.

  • Bobbi

    Annie’s Heirloom Seeds flat-out say they do not sell any hybrid or GMO seeds.

  • ryan

    OK question…if a “tomato” is grown from a GMO and is separated by say 1-5 generations or growing seasons on an organic farm, is that newly grown tomato organic in the United States?

  • wuzzi

    Can you tell me if these companies do business in farm-size quantities (i.e. for 50, 60 or more acres cultivation at a time)?

  • AMY

    organic seed is non GMO seed? thanks

  • Lilly

    Love this article and discussion. I need help finding no GMO potato tubers, suggestions?

  • Raina Saul

    Excellent source: Jim Gerritsen Wood Prairie Farm. He is an amazing potato farmer in Maine. he also happens to be the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against Monsanto.

  • simple gardener

    Has anyone checked in with the department of agriculture, centers for disease control, or other scientific food researchers to find out if gmo-vegetable seeds are, in fact, bad for human consumption. Let’s face it, veggie growers have been cross-breeding in the US since, well, the Native Americans ruled the land. All in the name of getting better veggies. Oh, and also suggest you check out the FAQs on Burpee’s site and read an interesting history of it’s negligent relationship with Monsanto. I’m an avid veggie gardener, am writing a book for beginners, and feel the current organic wave is getting out of hand…kinda’ like the witch hunts. Just buy some seeds and get growing already…and find out there ain’t nothin better than a homegrown tomater.

  • L

    Please list sources for how you know these companies buy from Monsanto or are owned by it. I’ve done extensive research on Monsanto’s mergers and acquisitions throughout the years and, even though we so badly want to believe it all (myself included), most of these correlations are just internet blabber with no real source behind it. Make sure that if you are distributing information like this, you legitimize it with accurate sources.

  • Dora

    You can order some online. Home depot has some that claim to be heirlooms and organic. Parkview Nursery in Riverside has Botanical Interests.

  • DNYC

    Bookmarking this for your great info, Mike, as well as the great info in many of the comments. I’m currently on a mission to rid my family’s diet of preservatives, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, chemicals, genetically modified ingredients, and the list goes on. It really feels like you’re going down a rabbit hole; the more you learn, the scarier it gets! The latest realization – that my garden has not necessarily been healthy bc of the seeds I’ve bought. I’m still unclear as to whether or not organic definitely means non- gmo. I believe it’s supposed to but…does it really? I’ve read articles about gmo pollen contamination, etc.

  • Trisha Alexander

    Bountiful Gardens sells only non-GMO seeds. I have used them for years and highly recommend them.

  • karen b

    Baker creek is located in south missouri. They have great spring festival first of may each year. Many respected speakers. Last year I got to hear jeffrey smith. Truly inspiring

  • B

    Is there any resource or legal help for my high school sr. who has taken a stand against having to create a gmo seed for the bio class? She offered to give a dissertation on the negatives of them. The science teacher has threatened to flunk her because there is nothing proven about gmo’s being bad for you.

  • Denise Shelton

    Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Stores in Missouri and Petaluma, CA, and mail order.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danielle.felt.7 Danielle Felt

    I just recently heard of this in my neighborhood! I’m so excited to get it growing and then sharing and putting it back where it belongs!

  • Amanda

    Hi everyone! I have a question about soil. I am attempting my first veggie garden and want to provide my seeds with a really good starting soil indoors. Any recommendations or pointers in the right direction? Thanks so much!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1070873320 Cristina Rivera

    THANK YOU for this information. Shared on my FB page!

  • Pig

    90% of seed companies? I don’t think so. They own about 40% of the total veggie seed market including those purchased by big farms. Take those out and home gardeners have very little chance of a GMO seed.

  • http://twitter.com/Ark_Institute The Ark Institute

    90% owned by Monsanto is inaccurate, but between the big agrochemical group – Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, 3M, Dupont – they collectively produce the vast majority of commercial produce in the US. 90% of all soy in the US is Monsanto, and many other crops are nearly lost commercially.
    But your statement that home gardeners have very little chance of getting GMO seed is absolutely absurd. Without data, all you have is opinions.

  • http://twitter.com/jeanniebgood Jeannie B Good

    FYI, West Coast Seeds has signed the safe seed pledge and is not selling GMOs but they are selling Seminis/Monsanto seeds. According to their rep they severed all ties to Monsanto early this year (2013), however their current catalogue lists MANY Monsanto-owned seeds. Unfortunately, I was unaware of this and purchased some Monsanto seeds in previous years. It makes me sick that I contributed even one cent to that loathsome company.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005498619675 Facebook User

    We want no GMO’s in the seeds we use in our garden.

  • Helen Wheels

    I just ordered my first seed bank (thank you!) and I have a 3.5×8′ balcony in Los Angeles. I have some dogs so it might sort of be tough growing anything on the floor… as they will eat the dirt and kill it :/ But I am really excited to get started! Thank you for your inspiring site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/louisa.hamilton1 Louisa Hamilton

    Very helpful! thanks :) Now I just need to figure out the best soil and fertilizer to use.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carl.jay.mann2233 Carl Mann

    someone bought me seeds from the dollar store. how do i find out if they are gmo free… is there a site i can go to ? the co. is ‘rennies seed’ canada

  • http://www.facebook.com/Warren.A.David David Warren

    Thanks for the info Mike. I have just gotten into gardening in the last couple months and had no idea.

  • Eddie Snipes

    This article has a bit of misinformation in it. I have no problem with being selective of who you do business with, but to claim that 95% of seed companies are Monsanto owned is false. It’s also bothersome to see people afraid of buy GMO seeds when home gardeners are not even able to buy GMO seeds. These require commercial growers to agree to an intellectual property rights agreement. It is not a home gardener’s market. If you want the facts on GMO, I posted two articles on suburban vegetable gardening dot com. Do a search on GMO and you’ll find it.

    The list of ‘Monsanto owned’ seed companies has been proven to be false. I noticed someone was posting them here, but these are not owned or affiliated with Monsanto or Seminis. The original list had a disclaimer that said, “Or have bought one or more seeds from Seminis.” This was intentionally misleading and no one noticed. Now everyone reposts this falsified list as if it were true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mahereenie Kathleen L. Maher

    are there any local non-gmo seeds or nurseries near Ithaca area? I live near Elmira/Corning Ithaca area. Thanks in advance

  • http://www.facebook.com/mahereenie Kathleen L. Maher

    does anyone know of a seed dealer or plant nursery near Ithaca, NY that deals in non GMO? I would love to buy started plants or seeds locally if possible. Thanks in advance

  • Debe Hudson

    Did you happen to ask these companies if they test for gmo cross contamination. I don’t care about the safe seed pledge simply because it says in part ‘…we do not knowingly sell gmo seeds……’ to me that is a cop out. There is only 1 company in the USA that tests all their seed for gmo cross contamination and it’s called Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. They test all their seed and had to destroy at least 50 – 75% of their corn seed away due to cross contamination. Can these companies make that claims? Thanx for your time!

  • Deana

    We live outside the Reading, PA area. Does anyone know retail locations where we can buy from any of these companies listed below? (the non-gmo, of course!)

  • Guest

    Here is some data for you. I work for Seminis and you, as a Home Gardener, CANNOT get GMO seeds!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiberius.scapini Tiberius Scapini

    bullshit

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiberius.scapini Tiberius Scapini

    Opinions much like yourself?

  • Jack Herer

    The process you refer to is known as hybridization. It’s very different than the gene splicing in gmo. Please do more research before you make an arse of yourself

  • marybbmary

    Good for her. She should learn how to create them just for the info, and also write a paper in the negatives…Take it up with the principal or the board of ed. Have her try writing it for the school newspaper if there is one. Good luck!!

  • marybbmary

    Just wondering where you got this info? Has anyone else out there heard of this? Thanks

  • jhandwovendesigns

    I live in the same area. Sugarbush on Route 10 has amazing seeds. It is a small gardening center with organic and PA native plants.

  • Jason Davis

    The Ark Institute is a great nonGMO seed company located in Easton, PA, closeby to Reading. They don’t have a physical store but it always helps to buy local!

  • joan

    If EVERYONE would just stop buying gmo foods then im sure they would stop selling it. We have to hit them in their wallets- I will start, who’s next?

  • Ellen

    I’m comfortable knowing that I am getting my vegetable seeds from a reputable company that has taken the safe-seed pledge. What I want to know is, how can I find out whether or not any plants that I buy are genetically engineered? Is there genetic engineering instead of traditional hybridization in the annuals and perrennials that I plant, and could they be bad for the bees and butterflies? What about those new patio raspberries that are so popular this year?

  • my container gardening ideas

    I am, but since the FDA does not require companies to advertise if they use GMO’s or not, it is hard to know if what you are buying is ok or not.

  • JAQ

    whole foods, sprouts, trader joes…..they all sell food that will tell you if its non gmo. Most of their stuff is.

  • Katie Noel Cantrell

    I recently downloaded two apps to help me in know what’s in my food and where my food is coming from. NxtNutrio will show you what ingredients a secretly GMO’s, and Buycott will show you who a company it really owned by, helping you give less to the corporate monsters, like Monstanto. Both are supported by iPhone and android. I urge everyone to download these.

  • Sam

    You’re an avid gardener and yet you do not know the difference between hybridization and genetic modification? I smell a rat with a fish.

  • Jen

    It is NOT correct that most of what those places carry is non-gmo. You have to read labels in those places too. You can only be reasonably sure there’s no GMO if the label says so. As I understand it, currently the Certified Organic label in the US does not allow GMO ingredients. Just because you’re shopping at a so-called “health food” store does not guarantee you’re not getting pseudo-food… they also carry items with lots of other undesirable ingredients.

  • pascal

    As a french traveller living actually in japan, i’m asking myself about monsanto after reading your post. 1: monsanto products are all around the world or just in US? 2: nxtnutrio and buycott application from Katie Noel Cantrell recommendation seems to be very efficient for the states, but how about all around the world? as in japan now, will it be usefull for me to get this applications, then? or do you know others depending on the area we are in? we should be able to eat organic wherever we are. thanks for sharing and answering, cheers, pascal.

  • may

    southern exposure seed supply
    they are run by acorn community near Charlottesville, Va.

  • Madame|Luxe

    Whole Food was recently under fire because they were selling foods that contained GMO. Now companies do not have to disclose if a product is GMO free or not!!! Thanks Monsanto(?). My girlfriend works for Trader Joe’s and said she has noticed a huge difference in the produce they have been receiving lately. Nothing is safe anymore, unless you grow it yourself…

    INSIDER TIP: STOCK UP ON REAL RAW HONEY
    (Whether you enjoy it or not)

  • kat

    bs on that because if you get gmo food and keep the seed… wha la gmo seeds

  • Milo

    I got all my seeds this year from http://www.seedsnow.com ! Thank you for recommending them. I placed another order a couple days ago so I can start my fall garden like you said.

  • Lynn

    Fall garden? What can you plant?

  • Kimberley Padilla

    I dont know where to get 100% organic seeds but I am totally against GMOs I have severe allergies too EVERYTHING practically and antihestimines just make me sicker I have developed hyper eosinophilia syndrome and pills just make me worse I think im allergic to the pills too…I have dermetitis and allergies so bad that I cant have even a detectable trace of gluten, or processed foods or GMOs Ive been losing a lot of weight because I cant find anything thats 100% organic especialy where I live so Im asking for help PLEASE??? and im here to spread the word that in time there are gna be a lot of sickppl they could even kill ppl Im at a very young age already suffering from numerous health issues please take my advice!!!!

  • Kimberley Padilla

    I cant agree more! but you would be suprised how many ppl are comepletly unaware of GMO foods we need to spread the word…even I was unaware until now

  • Kevin

    Kimberley you may want to try Gerson Therapy to get your natural immune system back and detox your body back to the way God designed it to be and work.

  • Shade

    that wouldnt hurt there wallet much, most of there business comes from goverments like the US who buy up product to give to 3rd world nations as economic aide, basicly force feeding the starving unsafe food.

  • F.H.E., Inc.

    Hello Kimberley. I would love to speak with you. Please call me at 516-360-0585. I believe I could be of some assistance to you.

  • Matt

    Burpee… The best NON-GMO seeds in the business! they are the major player and larger than Monsanto… Private company owned by George Ball jr. plus they have been around for 138 years. also their germination rate is 92% and is far higher than any competitor. Botanical Interest seeds do not come anywhere close to Burpee’s…

  • Jerry

    You R absolutely right… Countries in South America, like Colombia, are right now suffering the consecuences of signing free trade agreements with USA. 9.70 law criminalizes Colombian farmer for using GMO seeds.

  • nogmo

    kimberly did your parents let you outside a lot when you where a kid because the have now found a link between not getting outside that much as a kid and having more allergys

  • nogmo

    they also recently have been conducting a study for people with alllergys by giving them small dosages of what they are allergic to while they are at a hospital to help retrain there body so they may not be allergic anymore

  • Smith Sue

    Why?

  • Smith Sue

    Thanks for that info, l will check it out.

  • donya

    PS: if we are talking allergy and immune system undermining from foods then you need to research the harmful effects of UHT dairy. (Ultra-heat-treated) pasteurization kills all the healthy enzymes that would have normally globbed onto the proteins in milk but instead die off. This creates allergies and also attacks the immune system causing even more allergies. Btw, this has nothing to do with whether a human has spent enough time outdoors as a child. We are talking allergies never before seen, such as skin allergies, food allergies and the like that normally a person was not allergic to before consuming UHT dairy products, such as milk, cream, butter, and cheese that has UHT Dairy in them. :( Tis a sad day when our own government wants to see people sicker rather than thriving.

  • Deen

    Good question. And in the icy tundra’s of Chicago area :)

  • Debra

    If I understand correctly monsanto is mainly in the states, most other places have banned them and their products.

  • Debra

    I just started getting into organics and what not and I used The Seed Guy to buy my seeds from. All of his seeds are non-GMO heirloom seeds. :)

  • Dee Lundgren

    Also, Heritage, Open-Pollinated (OP) seed is seed that has been handed down for generations, is pollinated openly (ie. by nature vs. by man) and therefore as clean as you can get, pure unadulterated – with old world traits such as fantastic taste and colour attributes. There are many seed banks around the world that save seed for future generations in order to try and keep the plant lines as genetically viable naturally as possible.

  • Hopeful Science

    Where can I buy GMO seeds for testing?

  • SeedSource

    High Mowing Organic Seeds sells only Organic, Non-GMO seeds – they’ve been selling them since 1996 and have over 600 varieties.

  • Guest

    RNA and DNA are passed down. A genetically modified organism has had changes to it’s DNA/RNA and these changes should pass on if the said organism is capable of breeding. If it wasn’t capable of breeding, it’s not particularly any better, since then you know that the plant is likely a monopoly project since you couldn’t breed it yourself (can only buy it). GMO plants can transfer altered DNA/RNA by breeding or by some kind of parasitic vector (acting like a virus, which enables these changes to transfer between species).

    Organic means grown without pesticides, fungicides, or hormones.
    A GMO plant can be grown organically, but that wouldn’t immediately change the DNA/RNA. Over generations if whatever changes were made fail to pass on, then yes the plant’s offspring could return to a non-modified state. It’s depends on how much has been changed too. But considering there are vectors that can swap and move DNA/RNA; you can not safely depend on GMO factors failing to breed out.

    If there are vectors swapping DNA/RNA anyways, then why is it a problem? Usually the vectors only have a select group of related species that they host/prey on; limiting what gene pools are getting DNA swapped. GMO products use genes from wildly different species (i.e. jellyfish and cats), and so far we know DNA/RNA are very delicately sequenced and ordered to make an organism function well. Because GMO products are often rushed to production before being thoroughly tested and they could be introducing very harmful genes that are otherwise not present in that species gene pool. The irony is plants that are receptive to gene modification usually are able to receive BECAUSE they have poor immunity so researchers go in loops of adding genes and graphing various plants to try and make a functional plant. They Frankenstein’s monster of GMO is only bad because it is poorly understood and forced to work in the wrong environment.

    Also the world “natural” should not be deemed to carry to much weight in seed or food decisions. Farming chemicals in bacteria and substituting them for the original, more expensive source is considered a “natural” process. O.o

    Disclaimer: I’m no one important. If you want to know, buy reference/textbooks and learn these things for yourself. Look at multiple sources and compare everything they say. What is logical? Do not depend on people to tell you the right answer. Remember that as a consumer everything you buy factors into what will be available. Reap what you sow.

  • Guest

    I replied below with this, but I think I will post it separately for others with the question. What is the difference between organic and GMO?

    RNA and DNA are passed down. A genetically modified organism has had changes to it’s DNA/RNA and these changes should pass on if the said organism is capable of breeding. If it wasn’t capable of breeding, it’s not particularly any better, since then you know that the plant is likely a monopoly project since you couldn’t breed it yourself (can only buy it). GMO plants can transfer altered DNA/RNA by breeding or by some kind of parasitic vector (acting like a virus, which enables these changes to transfer between species).

    Organic means grown without pesticides, fungicides, or hormones.
    A GMO plant can be grown organically, but that wouldn’t immediately change the DNA/RNA. Over generations if whatever changes were made fail to pass on, then yes the plant’s offspring could return to a non-modified state. It’s depends on how much has been changed too. But considering there are vectors that can swap and move DNA/RNA; you can not safely depend on GMO factors failing to breed out.

    If there are vectors swapping DNA/RNA anyways, then why is it a problem? Usually the vectors only have a select group of related species that they host/prey on; limiting what gene pools are getting DNA swapped. GMO products use genes from wildly different species (i.e. jellyfish and cats), and so far we know DNA/RNA are very delicately sequenced and ordered to make an organism function well. GMO products are often rushed to production before being thoroughly tested and they could be introducing very harmful genes that are otherwise not present in that species gene pool. The irony is plants that are receptive to gene modification usually are able to receive BECAUSE they have poor immunity so researchers go in loops of adding genes and graphing various plants to try and make a functional plant. The Frankenstein’s monster of GMO is only bad because it is poorly understood and forced to work in the wrong environment.

    Also the world “natural” should not be deemed to carry to much weight in seed or food decisions. Farming chemicals in bacteria and substituting them for the original, more expensive source is considered a “natural” process. O.o

    Disclaimer: I’m no one important. If you want to know, buy reference/textbooks and learn these things for yourself. Look at multiple sources and compare everything they say. What is logical? Do not depend on people to tell you the right answer. Remember that as a consumer everything you buy factors into what will be available. Reap what you sow.

  • Guest

    I’d also like to add that I’m not completely against GMO.

    It is a problem, however, whenever you plant several hundred acres of a GMO clone and it breeds with other plants. That’s simply reducing the gene pool and moving towards monopoly.

    I think GMO is the future, the sooner we get there, the better. I think it will be the answer to supporting the bulk of humanity. But they belong in labs or in controlled terrariums/greenhouses like domestic pets. Not for monopolizing our food sources and weakening/reducing the gene pools of native and wild species. It’s not very smart to reduce the alphabet you want to work with. There is finite space and resources on Earth, we can certainly grow them controlled environments (they do better there anyways) and there will be plenty of resources (and need) in space expansion for GMO.

  • beccalouise

    the main thing they do with GMO’s when they change their DNA, is they are inserting pesticides, also known as Round-UP (same stuff you might spray on the weeds in your driveway), directly into the fruit/veg itself. “Round-Up Ready”. Have you ever taken a sip out of the spray bottle of Round-Up? Me neither, and I want to have a choice of doing it or not, not forcing poisons on me secretively like pro GMO wants to do.

  • Gertie_CO

    So you think plants with non-plant genes are ok? I do not! I believe it has already had an effect on the population – note the absolute explosion of people who are gluten-intolerant or who have allergies and other immune disorder diseases. I think we need to figure out how to change agriculture to make it less of a monoculture and put it back into the hands of individuals, not agribusiness. Food is life. We are headed down a primrose path to disaster. You realize that Monsanto does not allow GMO foods to be studied, or their effects on people?

  • forgiven but not forgotten

    i don’t think that birth defects and human deformities is reasonable trade for supporting the bulk of humanity…. especially when we could be growing these things ourselves in enough quantity to feed ourselves, but don’t because working for money to buy altered foods that are going to make your kids retarded is for some reason the way to go. yeah i’ll give you the fact that it’s easier, but who the hell ever said that easier was better? easier is less rewarding, and i guarantee if you were the one to grow your own food it’d taste all the better just because YOU put time and tremendous effort into YOUR food. it’s kinda sad that people don’t even realize the co-dependency they rely on. it’s just reason to make sure you’re working yourself to the fullest. it’s makes sense being that we’re the sheeple.. let’s just further that by letting others set our co-dependency status FOR us.

  • replying

    Does judging people and putting them in categories make you feel better about yourself?

    If we shut down all altered food operations at this moment; we could not come up with “enough quantity” to feed ourselves on organic, non-gmo methods. Unless you are talking about converting all the arable land to farmland, in which case you start sacrificing the precious ecosystems. You should understand the reasoning behind more methods than just one, and try to understand the scale. There are so many factors; you can shelter your kids with the purest foods but it won’t protect them from the polluted chemicals that are already travelling and redistributing around the earth by natural processes. Can you hold back acid rain?

    I do grow my own food, but am not capable of growing enough for my family.

  • Replying

    I said GMO could be ok, but I meant within related species. And never as the sole source of sustenance, more like a back-up when severe blights and natural disasters impede other methods. Many risky methods were introduced during periods of war for supplementive food sources. The problem is someone sees profit and ties those cheap methods with war-sympathetic laws. I know Monsato is bad, I do not mean to imply favor for them.

  • Ya

    Seeds of change are good. They are organic, non-GMO.

  • Kathy

    Ok, than if the GMO is not that bad, than why is prohibited in Europe?

  • t

    Seeds of change is nongmo but got bought out by mars co. Which is linked to Monsanto.

  • Nicole M Caracciola

    because the bees are all deing off because of the gmo crops, these crops are made to be highly poisonous to insects, but the problem is those crops are dependant on the polinators who are by majority, insects, dumbass short sited companies, so no bees no huney, no new huney,,, the new gold!

  • Ty

    That would be hybridization which is natural and totally different… They’ve proven it takes more money and less abundant harvests to keep this gmo agenda rolling. The seeds of the gmo plants die so you always have to go through them each year to buy the suicide seeds. On top of that everybody is getting or will get cancer in the future if they eat them… You must eat organic… It’s what nature intended..it’s when man steps in and tries to shape things.. Nature knows what it’s doing.. Some of us don’t… A lot of us.. I strongly suggest you research more on this GMO must not be the future my friend

  • kate

    I live in Pgh., PA. Does anyone know of a non GMO seed store in my local area?

  • Jason Davis

    The Ark Institute is located in Easton, PA, which is at least in your half of the same state. High germination, 100% clean reproducible seed. Great customer service and knowledge beyond what the rest of the seed-resellers can offer.

  • Jason Davis

    Organic = grown with only natural methods and ingredients, like for the last thousands of years which lead to low cancer and death.
    GMO = chemically bastardized chromosomes which have led to cancer, infertility, and death. all new in the last hundred years, and all leading to cancer and death…