The thoughts expressed here are not those of the Republic of Dan but they have stimulated further thinking within the Republic.
The truth is often only discernible by the hole it left when it was taken away.
Best of luck to you my friend on your journey.
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Monsanto buys up heirloom seed companies
Monsanto ‘Owned’ Heirloom Seednames to Watch Out For
Are you happily buying seeds and plants for this year’s garden? Please print the list in this article and keep it in your wallet. Every time a plant or seed packet calls your name (especially at big box garden centers), refer to the list and try to avoid these varieties. The most ideal thing to do is to know your seed source (I adore SeedSaversExchange and Baker’s Creek), but I also understand the allure of the beautiful seedlings and racks of seeds found everywhere in spring. I was shocked and disappointed to learn that my favorite dollar store seed (American Seed) is actually a Monsanto company. If you have leftover seeds, go ahead and plant them, but don’t buy any more if at all possible. It makes me sick just how many different ways Monsanto has tried to ‘own’ our food sources.
Scroll down for printable list of plants and seeds. Click on this LINK to see another great list of all seed companies owned by Monsanto, as well as a ‘safe’ list–you may be shocked by all the familiar names. Keep yourself aware and informed about where your seeds/plants originate. Any way that we can all STOP supporting Monsanto, the better!
First of all, Monsanto or nobody else can actually OWN these varieties of seed, but as developers of some of these varieties and as suppliers of them under many different companies it can be hard to tell who owns what. It does not stand to reason that any crop of these varieties growing today or anytime in the future will be genetically modified in any way. Some of these varieties can be found without any continuing connection to Monsanto or Seminis but it is important to be a little more cautious with these.
If you are the type of gardener who purchases vegetable seeds or seedlings, including tomato plants from a local garden center, be mindful the varieties you choose. Conversely, you might be placing money into the hands of Monsanto Corporation. Below is the list of Seminis/Monsanto home-garden vegetable variations. It’s often best to buy directly from seed farmers and companies that you can trust (you can find many of them here)
Print this list, and keep a copy in your wallet. Don’t be caught off guard the next time you impulse shop at a big-box garden center.
The seed varieties you have obtained as “heirlooms” from heirloom or organic seed companies are “NOT” GMO seeds, even though they are officially “owned” by Monsanto. As far as we know, the only GMO vegetable seeds available for sale today are new hybrid varieties of zucchini and summer squash, so be sure you order these from certified organic suppliers.
Please understand that Monsanto only owns the trademark names for these “heirloom” varieties. This stretegic move holds two advantages for Monsanto:
1.) prevents new companies from naming new varieties with these or very similar names.
2.) it is an effort to stop lucrative sales by these other companies trying to leverage the heirloom name and consumer loyalty for those heirloom varieties.
If you have left over seeds, do not be reluctant to plant them. Monsanto will only profit from customers purchasing these varieties from companies that are stocking seeds obtained directly from Monsanto or one of its distributors.
Beans: Aliconte, Brio, Bronco, Cadillac, Ebro, Etna, Eureka, Festina, Gina, Goldmine, Goldenchild, Labrador, Lynx, Magnum, Matador, Spartacus, Storm, Strike, Stringless Blue Lake 7, Tapia, Tema
Broccoli: Coronado Crown, Major, Packman
Cabbage: Atlantis, Golden Acre, Headstart, Platinum Dynasty, Red Dynasty
Carrot: Bilbo, Envy, Forto, Juliana, Karina, Koroda PS, Royal Chantenay, Sweetness III
Eggplant: Black Beauty, Fairytale, Gretel, Hansel, Lavender Touch, Twinkle, White Lightening
Hot Pepper: Anaheim TMR 23, Ancho Saint Martin, Big Bomb, Big Chile brand of Sahuaro, Caribbean Red, Cayenne Large Red Thick, Chichen Itza, Chichimeca, Corcel, Garden Salsa SG, Habanero, Holy Mole brand of Salvatierro, Hungarian Yellow Wax Hot, Ixtapa X3R, Lapid, Mariachi brand of Rio de Oro, Mesilla, Milta, Mucho Nacho brand of Grande, Nainari, Serrano del Sol brand of Tuxtlas, Super Chile, Tam Vera Cruz
Lettuce: Braveheart, Conquistador
Melon: Early Dew, Sante Fe, Saturno
Onion: Candy, Cannonball, Century, Red Zeppelin, Savannah Sweet, Sierra Blanca, Sterling, Vision