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 is a family owned business right in Los Angeles that provides 100% Pure GMO-FREE Non-Hybridized/Heirloom seeds. All their seeds are raw and always un-treated.

Without getting into the specifics, the seeds they have are the most natural most pure form of seed you can get.  Knowing that their site doesn’t offer any hybrid seeds is a really good thing for me.  With their heirloom open-pollinated varieties I know that I’ll be able to save my seeds after harvest. Can’t do that with hybrid or GM seed!

One of the things that I like most about is that they have seed sampler packs starting out at  99¢. At those prices you can afford to try growing a lot of different things.   A lot of people don’t know this but their “sampler” packs actually have the equivalent amount of seed (or more) than regular sized packs form other companies.

They have a huge variety of NON-GMO seeds for you to start growing your own food. Definitely a site worth checking out:

You can get 10% off your purchase by using the code URBAN10.


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?

281 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Meemsnyc March 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm -

    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?

  2. Mike Lieberman March 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm -

    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.

  3. Anonymous March 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm -

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

  4. Tango March 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm -

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

  5. Mike Lieberman March 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm -

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

  6. Mike Lieberman March 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm -

    Will do. Thanks for the tip.

  7. Katherine March 3, 2011 at 12:31 am -

    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.

  8. Mike Lieberman March 3, 2011 at 3:42 am -

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

  9. Eattheyard March 3, 2011 at 5:54 am -

    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.

  10. Mike Lieberman March 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm -

    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…

  11. Motivated Nutrition March 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm -

    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.

  12. Mike Lieberman March 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm -

    Pay it forward.

  13. Chefman2000 March 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm -

    What about the Certifited Organic brand of Ferry-Morse

  14. Wendy March 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm -

    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.

  15. Mike Lieberman March 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm -

    Hmm, I’m not sure of them.

  16. Mike Lieberman March 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm -

    Nice. That’s what’s up.

  17. Katherine March 4, 2011 at 12:45 am -

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

  18. Mike Lieberman March 4, 2011 at 2:08 am -

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

    From what everyone has said Baker Creek is also legit.

  19. Anonymous March 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm -

    Excellent article!

  20. Mike Lieberman March 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm -

    Thanks. Glad you enjoyed.

  21. Julianne Idleman March 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm -

    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.

  22. Mike Lieberman March 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm -

    Cool. Will certainly keep them in mind as well.

  23. Rachael March 5, 2011 at 1:47 am -

    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.

    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

  24. Geri Miller March 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm -

    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.

  25. Veganishmom March 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm -

    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,


  26. Veganishmom March 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm -

    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,


  27. Colin March 6, 2011 at 6:59 am -

    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

  28. Colin March 6, 2011 at 7:03 am -

    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.

  29. Mike Lieberman March 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm -

    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.

  30. Mike Lieberman March 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm -

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

  31. Mike Lieberman March 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm -

    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.

  32. Mike Lieberman March 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm -

    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).

  33. Mike Lieberman March 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm -

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

  34. Colin March 7, 2011 at 3:29 am -

    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.

  35. Mike Lieberman March 7, 2011 at 4:47 am -

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

  36. Jakenkait28 March 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm -

    Neat post-thanks for the info.

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

    I don’t support Monsanto either.

  37. Mike Lieberman March 8, 2011 at 12:01 am -

    Nice. Appreciate the suggestions.

  38. Rhonda March 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm -

    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.

  39. Mike Lieberman March 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm -

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

  40. Danelle March 10, 2011 at 7:07 am -

    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…

  41. Mike Lieberman March 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm -

    Absolutely. Want to start doin that as well.

  42. Alison Kerr March 13, 2011 at 4:44 am -

    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).

  43. Mike Lieberman March 14, 2011 at 2:40 am -

    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.

  44. Colin March 15, 2011 at 11:35 am -

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

  45. Mike Lieberman March 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm -

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

  46. Chris April 1, 2011 at 1:44 am -

    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…

  47. Mike Lieberman April 1, 2011 at 2:00 am -

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

  48. Gardening Jones April 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm -

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

  49. Mike Lieberman April 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm -

    Gotta help out those that do a great job.

  50. Samantha April 5, 2011 at 12:27 am -

    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.

  51. Mike Lieberman April 5, 2011 at 1:40 am -

    Thanks Sam. Appreciate the love. Glad to connect.

  52. rhonna April 7, 2011 at 2:02 am -

    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

  53. Mike Lieberman April 7, 2011 at 3:52 am -

    Hahaha. Thanks Rhonna.

  54. Kitty April 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm -

    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 🙂

  55. Mike Lieberman April 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm -

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

  56. Mike Lieberman April 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm -

    Thanks for the additions.

  57. Superklb1968 May 27, 2011 at 7:41 am -

    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..

  58. Mike Lieberman May 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm -

    Great point. Thanks for bringing it up.

  59. Annette Ahlmann June 11, 2011 at 1:28 am -

    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.

  60. Mike Lieberman June 13, 2011 at 12:15 am -

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

  61. Anonymous August 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm -

    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.

  62. Mike Lieberman August 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm -

    Yes. Great movie.

  63. Mike Lieberman August 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm -

    Thanks for the recommendations.

  64. Chrissy Gurrola September 7, 2011 at 2:40 am -

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

  65. Chrissy Gurrola September 7, 2011 at 2:44 am -

    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. 

  66. Mike Lieberman September 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm -

    Thanks Chrissy. I’m straight and taken…

  67. Mike Lieberman September 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm -

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

  68. Mike Lieberman September 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm -

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

  69. Mike Lieberman November 6, 2011 at 9:45 am -

    Dope. Thanks for sharing this resource.

  70. Mike Lieberman December 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm -

    Thanks for the heads up on that company. Appreciate.

  71. em January 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm -

    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!

  72. Mike Lieberman January 3, 2012 at 11:01 am -

    Sweet. Glad to connect and keep me updated!

  73. Elizabeth January 19, 2012 at 11:16 am -

    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!

  74. Mike Lieberman January 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm -

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

  75. Ama January 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm -

    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.

  76. Mike Lieberman January 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm -

    Amen to that!

  77. MimiGardner2002 January 27, 2012 at 3:59 am -

    Thanks for the great info man!

  78. Mike Lieberman January 27, 2012 at 8:53 am -

    My pleasure.

  79. Jason from Detroit January 28, 2012 at 5:46 am -

    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.

  80. Jason in Detroit January 28, 2012 at 5:50 am -

    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.

  81. Mike Lieberman January 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm -

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

  82. Mike Lieberman January 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm -

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

  83. OptimusTurtle February 1, 2012 at 8:31 am -

    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.

  84. Mike Lieberman February 1, 2012 at 10:05 am -

    Good stuff. Gotta support what we believe in.

  85. Bernie Paquette February 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm -

    Another option, 100% organic seeds from Vermont based company:


  86. Mike Lieberman February 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm -

    Thanks for the recommendation.

  87. Namaste2uom February 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm -

    My seeds came already. I love BI

  88. Dean Jenkins February 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm -

    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.

  89. Proflowerchild February 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm -

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

  90. Mike Lieberman February 11, 2012 at 10:56 am -

    Good to know!

  91. Mike Lieberman February 11, 2012 at 10:57 am -

    Glad I could help.

  92. Mike Lieberman February 11, 2012 at 10:57 am -


  93. Mike Lieberman February 11, 2012 at 10:58 am -

    Appreciate the recommendation.

  94. Laurie February 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm -

    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

  95. Mike Lieberman February 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm -

    Appreciate the suggestions.

  96. AE Johnson February 17, 2012 at 7:35 am -

    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.

  97. Mike Lieberman February 17, 2012 at 8:25 am -

    Affordable or not affordable?

  98. Mike Lieberman February 19, 2012 at 11:13 am -

    Nice! Thanks for sharing.

  99. April February 20, 2012 at 9:45 am -

    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!

  100. Mike Lieberman February 20, 2012 at 10:45 am -

    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.

  101. LynnWaz February 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm -

    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. 

  102. Mike Lieberman February 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm -

    That’s awesome.

  103. Melissa February 28, 2012 at 9:38 am -

    Where do you reccomend I buy garlic?

  104. Mike Lieberman February 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm -

    Farmers market.

  105. Kigit March 8, 2012 at 8:00 am -

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

  106. Mike Lieberman March 8, 2012 at 8:13 am -

    Sounds like a great project!

  107. Winston Lacewing March 8, 2012 at 9:00 am -

    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:

  108. Winston Lacewing March 8, 2012 at 9:00 am -
  109. Mike Lieberman March 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm -

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  110. Bamboolyn March 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm -

    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!

  111. Mike Lieberman March 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm -

    That’s what’s up!

  112. Deadmax7 March 20, 2012 at 12:30 am -

    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.

  113. Mike Lieberman March 20, 2012 at 7:25 am -

    Great point. Thanks for sharing.

  114. laura March 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm -

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

  115. Mike Lieberman March 28, 2012 at 9:08 am -

    Nice! What you order?

  116. Amity March 28, 2012 at 10:59 am -

    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.

  117. Mike Lieberman March 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm -

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

  118. Gluten Free Chickadee March 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm -

    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!

  119. Mike Lieberman April 1, 2012 at 5:57 pm -


  120. Pskall13 April 7, 2012 at 11:37 am -

    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

  121. Mike Lieberman April 8, 2012 at 11:39 am -

    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.

  122. Amber April 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm -

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

  123. Kalei Cope April 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm -

    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 

  124. Mike Lieberman April 23, 2012 at 6:39 am -

    We still have the power.

  125. Keara Quiroz April 26, 2012 at 6:04 am -

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

  126. Mike Lieberman April 26, 2012 at 6:42 am -

    That’s what’s up!

  127. Mike Lieberman April 26, 2012 at 6:42 am -

    Thanks for the recommendation.

  128. Caritotorres24 April 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm -

    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 🙂

  129. Mike Lieberman April 30, 2012 at 5:15 am -

    Yes. I have.

  130. Teresa O'Connor May 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm -

    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

  131. Mike Lieberman May 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm -

    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.

  132. Bamboolyn May 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm -

    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.

  133. Mike Lieberman May 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm -


  134. TerrorByte May 12, 2012 at 10:42 am -

    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?

  135. TerrorByte May 12, 2012 at 10:42 am -

    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?

  136. Mike Lieberman May 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm -


  137. Insider May 27, 2012 at 9:04 am -

    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….

  138. Insideragain May 27, 2012 at 9:13 am -

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

  139. Mike Lieberman May 27, 2012 at 9:56 am -

    That’s all pretty sad.

  140. Gnine0326 May 28, 2012 at 7:38 am -

    Baker Creek Heirloom Seed bank

  141. Mike Lieberman May 28, 2012 at 9:28 pm -

    Nice one.

  142. Fleur June 10, 2012 at 11:26 am -

    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!

  143. Mike Lieberman June 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm -

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

  144. Seattle Growers Unite June 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm -

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

  145. Mike Lieberman June 13, 2012 at 10:49 am -

    Word. Thanks for the reco.

  146. Ljgervais June 20, 2012 at 10:00 am -

    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 🙂

  147. Mike Lieberman June 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm -

    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?

  148. Mrs. Christine Martin June 21, 2012 at 10:48 am -

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

  149. Mike Lieberman June 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm -

    Thanks .Good to know.

  150. Guest June 24, 2012 at 10:30 am -

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

  151. Mike Lieberman June 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm -

    Word. Thanks.

  152. LilouDesLandes June 29, 2012 at 2:19 am -

    Hi there, Seeds of Change claims that all their seeds are 100% organic.
    More here:

    Happy organic gardening !
    BR from France.

  153. Mike Lieberman June 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm -

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

  154. Becky July 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm -

    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. 

  155. Privatename9 July 23, 2012 at 6:22 am -

    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!!  

  156. Mike Lieberman July 23, 2012 at 9:44 am -

    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.

  157. Leta Walters August 6, 2012 at 9:15 am -

    great site great info! Thanks Mike.

  158. Leta Walters August 6, 2012 at 9:15 am -

    great site, Thanks for the information Mike!

  159. Steffy Sigar August 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm -

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

  160. Sam Cullington September 2, 2012 at 7:07 am -

    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

  161. Heidi Rowe Partin October 17, 2012 at 10:08 am -

    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.

  162. JP October 17, 2012 at 10:10 am -

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

  163. RebeccaJ October 17, 2012 at 11:38 am -

    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.

  164. kevin November 21, 2012 at 11:19 am -

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

  165. kevin November 21, 2012 at 11:26 am -

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

    Can you let me know the address?

    I prefer offline shoping.

  166. kevin November 21, 2012 at 11:27 am -

    address of seedsnow.


  167. Mike Lieberman November 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm -

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

  168. LeAnn McKenzie Lewis December 16, 2012 at 11:01 am -

    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.

  169. zencherry December 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm -

    Love this company! They are absolutely GMO-free.

  170. Lauren Block January 5, 2013 at 10:29 am -

    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.


  171. Candice Brasington January 10, 2013 at 9:08 am -

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

  172. Natalie January 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm -

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

  173. Anne January 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm -

    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.

  174. Bobbi February 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm -

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

  175. ryan February 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm -

    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?

  176. wuzzi February 12, 2013 at 10:15 am -

    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)?

  177. AMY February 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm -

    organic seed is non GMO seed? thanks

  178. Lilly February 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm -

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

  179. Raina Saul February 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm -

    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.

  180. simple gardener February 23, 2013 at 10:48 am -

    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.

  181. L February 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm -

    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.

  182. Dora March 7, 2013 at 11:00 am -

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

  183. DNYC March 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm -

    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.

  184. Trisha Alexander March 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm -

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

  185. karen b March 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm -

    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

  186. B March 20, 2013 at 5:25 am -

    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.

  187. Denise Shelton March 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm -

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

  188. Danielle Felt March 28, 2013 at 9:23 am -

    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!

  189. Amanda March 29, 2013 at 8:45 am -

    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!!

  190. Cristina Rivera March 30, 2013 at 9:46 am -

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

  191. Pig April 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm -

    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.

  192. The Ark Institute April 4, 2013 at 5:24 pm -

    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.

  193. Jeannie B Good April 5, 2013 at 10:40 am -

    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.

  194. Facebook User April 7, 2013 at 4:31 am -

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

  195. Helen Wheels April 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm -

    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.

  196. Louisa Hamilton April 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm -

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

  197. Carl Mann April 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm -

    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

  198. David Warren April 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm -

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

  199. Eddie Snipes April 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm -

    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.

  200. Kathleen L. Maher April 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm -

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

  201. Kathleen L. Maher April 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm -

    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

  202. Debe Hudson April 26, 2013 at 9:40 am -

    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!

  203. Deana April 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm -

    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!)

  204. Guest May 1, 2013 at 9:16 am -

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

  205. Tiberius Scapini May 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm -


  206. Tiberius Scapini May 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm -

    Opinions much like yourself?

  207. Jack Herer May 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm -

    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

  208. marybbmary May 11, 2013 at 11:41 am -

    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!!

  209. marybbmary May 11, 2013 at 11:47 am -

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

  210. jhandwovendesigns May 15, 2013 at 7:58 am -

    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.

  211. Jason Davis May 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm -

    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!

  212. joan May 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm -

    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?

  213. Ellen June 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm -

    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?

  214. my container gardening ideas June 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm -

    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.

  215. JAQ June 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm -

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

  216. Katie Noel Cantrell June 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm -

    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.

  217. Sam June 9, 2013 at 7:42 am -

    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.

  218. Jen June 13, 2013 at 8:32 pm -

    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.

  219. pascal June 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm -

    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.

  220. may June 14, 2013 at 2:17 am -

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

  221. Madame|Luxe June 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm -

    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…

    (Whether you enjoy it or not)

  222. kat June 21, 2013 at 1:55 am -

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

  223. Milo July 4, 2013 at 11:38 am -

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

  224. Lynn July 4, 2013 at 11:42 am -

    Fall garden? What can you plant?

  225. Kimberley Padilla July 7, 2013 at 10:29 pm -

    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!!!!

  226. Kimberley Padilla July 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm -

    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

  227. Kevin July 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm -

    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.

  228. Shade August 8, 2013 at 8:21 am -

    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.

  229. F.H.E., Inc. August 12, 2013 at 8:34 am -

    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.

  230. Matt August 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm -

    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…

  231. Jerry August 29, 2013 at 10:31 pm -

    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.

  232. nogmo September 12, 2013 at 11:02 pm -

    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

  233. nogmo September 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm -

    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

  234. Smith Sue September 14, 2013 at 8:33 am -


  235. Smith Sue September 14, 2013 at 8:36 am -

    Thanks for that info, l will check it out.

  236. donya September 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm -

    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.

  237. Deen October 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm -

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

  238. Debra October 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm -

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

  239. Debra October 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm -

    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. 🙂

  240. Dee Lundgren October 31, 2013 at 10:37 am -

    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.

  241. Hopeful Science November 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm -

    Where can I buy GMO seeds for testing?

  242. SeedSource November 15, 2013 at 6:11 am -

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

  243. Guest November 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm -

    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.

  244. Guest November 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm -

    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.

  245. Guest November 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm -

    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.

  246. beccalouise December 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm -

    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.

  247. Gertie_CO December 28, 2013 at 6:22 am -

    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?

  248. forgiven but not forgotten January 13, 2014 at 4:27 am -

    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.

  249. replying February 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm -

    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.

  250. Replying February 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm -

    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.

  251. Ya February 26, 2014 at 9:15 am -

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

  252. Kathy February 27, 2014 at 7:30 am -

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

  253. t March 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm -

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

  254. Nicole M Caracciola April 2, 2014 at 5:11 pm -

    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!

  255. Ty April 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm -

    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’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

  256. kate April 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm -

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

  257. Jason Davis April 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm -

    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.

  258. Jason Davis April 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm -

    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…

  259. jake September 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm -

    Ignorance of gmo and safety studies that support them does not make gmo bad. Those who state that gmo cause diseases don’t know the facts, nor do those that state gmo can’t be bred or propagated beyond first generation. That is simply not true. Finally, has anyone researched the origins of non gmo crops like tomatoes, potatoes, wheat, etc.? Do you honestly believe that those are as the creator first put them on this planet? Research it and learn where food comes from.

  260. jake September 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm -

    Read up on the long standing practice of mutation breeding. Contrast that to the precision of creating contemporary gmo.

  261. teddyspaghetti September 25, 2014 at 8:08 am -

    We aren’t the FDA here, and you haven’t lobbied us to believe all that BS you just typed. Nice try, guest Jake. But you aren’t really preaching to a choir by addressing people who seek this webpage out.

  262. teddyspaghetti September 25, 2014 at 8:16 am -

    My main issue, Anonymous Guest, is that I don’t want to buy seeds that have been genetically modified to produce sterile offspring or that won’t do well with an all-organic farm. I get it that you want to convince us that GMO isn’t bad, and you are right that it is partially natural with mutations that drive evolution.

    But some of us want to buy seeds that weren’t forcefully mutated in a controlled environment by a company who wants to give a plant characteristics that benefits their profits somehow. (Profits which, BTW, harass and sue farmers into endless debt and, in the case of India, suicide.)

    Mutations may be natural in nature, and so is Monsanto. An immoral corporation that is destroying lives and poisoning our food supply- all for the sake of greed.

  263. AngryPatriot5 October 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm -

    It’s also commonly caused by vaccination…in peeps and animals. So are seizures, auto-immune diseases, altered DNA and more. We must stop killing ourselves with these poisons, that includes GMO foods.

  264. WG December 6, 2014 at 10:08 am -

    Unfortunately Monsanto has lots of test plots in New Zealand.

  265. chirs January 5, 2015 at 12:42 pm -

    Is Monsanto the makers of agent orange? Are they they the makers of round up? Are they that same ones the make GMO’s products?? Can they actually messes with the DNA of species? Are they the ones Cloning?? Is there seed cross pollinating with other peoples seed and is the pollen of this unnatural seed drifting and pollinating with other peoples seed banks?? Who gave them them the right to mess with nature and own it??? Why is GMO’s not allowed in many countries? Just some of my questions? Why is their a rise in Cancer and never a cure or if their is a cure why do people mysteriously disappear that try to expose it? I though big business was not to monopolize like with Monsanto and take over the only seed available to farmers????

  266. Russ Hibbs January 9, 2015 at 8:40 am -

    jake….why don’t you take a gmo enema? monsanto lap are obviously bought and paid by them.

  267. George February 15, 2015 at 6:24 pm -

    What ever happened to the consumers’ freedom of choice????
    I guess that would hurt some corporations’ profit margin.

  268. Scott Calhoun February 16, 2015 at 1:02 pm -

    Your a dumbass. The only studies that are allowed (by law) are from the seed manufactures themselves. They are destroying our seed supply and our food.
    spread your bullshit elsewhere.

  269. anis February 23, 2015 at 6:13 pm -

    Anyone know whether mr.fothergills,johnson seed n country value seed are non gmo or gmo?

  270. sandrav22 March 22, 2015 at 9:47 pm -

    People in other countries who grow their crop for they have not big supermarkets like we do know what it does to their crops and ecosystem when they plant this.. they rather ” starve” to death than let big corporations go in there and mess what theor crops, land and lifes… Monsanto claims they will feed the world.. my opinion is they are still profiting and poor people cannot a Ford buying.. if you give me food to stay alive but not the right nutrients and vitamins. We aren’t really healthy. next time you go to the grocery, notice that everything that’s on sale and big displays are JUNK FOOD. we eat junk foos. Canned fooD. Frozen food. All contain preservatives.
    All that food is consumed, thrown away, result? Over weight ( eating a lot but not the right stuff, we’re not getting the nutrients and vitamins as the body requires ). From over weight, death. So people die from eating and not eating.

    I look at it this was. Before it became an industry people ate everything and anything. The ate food. Not gluten free or sugar free or fat free. We substitute things that they made us believe makes us fat and unhealthy but in reality it is the amount that we consume is what makes it unhealthy.
    I recomendation watching these movies on Netflix or online

    GMO OMG. or backwards ( OMG GMO)
    addicted to plastic
    Plastic paradise

    our own greed is killing us.. live healthy, joyful and humble.

    Best regards

  271. rob March 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm -

    wish I were able to live in the fog you live under.. what do you have to back up your claim that GMO tainted food does not cause health problems, or problems to the environment, etc. ? if you’re going to make such bolder-dash bogus claims like that , at least attempt to state your sources, links , articles or something ! my hunch is you are most likely one of their little pathetic goons that are paid to sit on the ass full time at a pittance of a paycheck, to write phony claims like this in order to confuse. it’s a game you all play called DIS-INFORMATION!

  272. rob March 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm -

    this is absolute TRUTH! I just learned this myself! good rule of thumb, I have also come to realize over the past few years, IF IT IS SOLD IN ONE OF THE BIG SKANK BOX STORES (IE LOWES, HOME-DEPOT, ETC) YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH COUNT ON IT COMING FROM AN UNRELIABLE, QUESTIONABLE SOURCE. BEST TO SKIP IT AND TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW THIS GOLDEN RULE ABOUT BOX STORES , SEEDS AND OTHER THINGS.. you’re not going to get what you want there!
    .. lowes now carries Seeds of Change – ! and when you walk a few aisles down, you will run head on into a gigantic display of countless bottles of monsanto’s round up..
    need I say more? if Lowes, for example, was so totally ‘into’ Seeds of Change (thanks alot seeds of change!) new organic line, why the hell are you selling roundup with it? get real! Typical corporate swine tactics, whatever it takes for their bottom line profit.

  273. jomi0403 April 27, 2015 at 4:58 am -

    Monsanto loves all of you more than they love Jake. It’s because of ignorant people like all of you, screaming and crying about GMOs and Monsanto, that our government is forced to increase regulatory costs to astronomical levels. All this does is ensure that the only ones who can afford to do the necessary testing are giant ag biotech conglomerates. They don’t need to pay people to sit online and lobby for them, you uneducated fools do everything for them! You’ve given companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont, Bayer, and Dow Ag a stranglehold on the market. Like it or not GMOs are here to stay, but you’re only making it worse with your irrational fears.

  274. jomi0403 April 27, 2015 at 5:07 am -

    The herbicides in Agent Orange were made by Monsanto and Dow Chem. Yes, Monsanto makes Roundup. Yes they can actually “messes” with the DNA of species. No, they don’t clone anything. I’m not sure if anybody’s seed banks (?) are being contaminated, never heard that one before. Humans have been messing with nature for as long as we’ve been here, the government gives them the right to own it, legally. Many countries have restrictions on GMOs because they succumb to ignorance more easily. There are many factors that contribute to rising cancer rates, not sure what Monsanto has to do with disappearing cancer cures. If Monsanto has a Monopoly (which they don’t, there’s Syngenta, Dupont, Bayer, Dow Ag, just to name a few) it’s because ignorant people, who have no knowledge of the subject they choose to speak of, drive up regulatory costs making sure that only the richest of companies can afford to do the necessary testing. If you’ve got any other questions feel free to ask, knowledge is power!

  275. pshngo May 22, 2015 at 1:16 am -

    no seed supplier sells gmo seeds to home growers and never have.
    you must be a commercial grower and farmers must sign agreements with the seed company and follow EPA regulations when planting GMO crops. It’s a violation of the EPA’s requirements to provide any genetically engineered seed to non-commercial growers.

  276. Brian Harris November 8, 2015 at 9:12 am -

    Monsanto is an evil entity hell bent on domination of the surviving masses of genocide through poor diet =dis-ease creating a virtual lobotomy creating servitude for the remaining slaves to work for their coca cola processed dog food and TV mind control cancer causing package of a quick death so their children can take over the prison .
    Have a nice day !

  277. mikegray7 February 18, 2016 at 10:30 am -

    Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Maine, and Fedco best there are!

  278. unity mule March 8, 2016 at 8:11 am -

    God gave us all the plants and animals on the earth that are perfect for our needs. No need to mess that up. Though the devil is hard at work.

  279. JS September 5, 2016 at 6:59 pm -

    Avoid Burpee Seed company seeds as they buy from Seminis a Monsanto owned subsidiary,

    About Burpee Seeds owner posted. For the record, I own W. Atlee Burpee & Co. Burpee is NOT owned by Monsanto. We do purchase a small number of seeds from the garden seed department of Seminis, a Monsanto subsidiary, and so do our biggest competitors.

  280. JS September 5, 2016 at 7:07 pm -

    GMO’s are genetically modified organisms where seeds are changed from their original state. GMO’s are harmful based on fact Roundup herbicide is a poison aka as GLYPHOSATE a Neurotoxin and cancer causing chemical. GMO’s contain glyphosate residues in the food and that is harmful to humans. No toxic poisons should be allowed but they are in GMO foods allowed. No to toxic company profits for putting poisons in our Food supply. Avoid GMO’s for your Health and remember a vote for Hillary is a vote for Monsanto….. H. Clinton KNOWN as “The Bride of Frankenfood”

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