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.
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