Seed Savers Exchange

Ninety-eight percent of seeds sold in the United States are now sold by Monsanto.  Of course, they won’t be labeled as Monsanto seeds, they’ll be sold under the names American Seeds, Inc., Johnny’s, Cooks and Territorial, among others.  It’s a pretty safe bet that if you’re not sure it’s not a Monsanto seed, it’s a Monsanto seed.

I noticed recently they’re getting on the heirloom bandwagon by offering their own versions of heirloom seeds, but I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw a John Deere tractor.

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) was founded in 1975 by Kent Whealy and Diane Ott Whealy after Diane’s terminally ill grandfather entrusted them with garden seeds that his parents had brought from Bavaria.

Their mission is to save the world’s diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations.  SSE has more than 13,000 members who collect, maintain and distribute heirloom vegetable varieties as well as heirloom trees and fruit trees, and even endangered farm animals like White Park cattle.

Purchasing seeds through Seed Savers Exchange ensures the heritage and viability of the product.  And, so far, Monsanto hasn’t gotten their very grubby hands on these seeds.  Let’s keep it that way.

Thank you for visiting Eve’s Daughter.


2 responses to “Seed Savers Exchange

  1. Cindy Forrest

    Hi Angela, We discussed Monsanto in class today. The instructor, Dr. Dawuni, and I told the class about GM crops and the environmental destruction they cause and that Monsanto is a huge mulitnational company that sells 80-90% of the seeds used in the world. Dr. Dawuni also talked about how Monsanto seeds have caused farmers to over-cultivate (due to rapid growth) their lands leaving the soil depleted and unusable leading many of them to suicide because they can no longer support themselves or their families.

  2. I’m so glad to hear it’s been discussed and awareness raised. As we spoke about this morning, it’s happening all over the world – farmers and their families devastated by these biotech bullies. I’ll be so eager to learn more from your class!!

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