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The Four Steps Required to Keep Monsanto OUT of Your Garden

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Waking Times

Seed catalogs are starting to arrive in mailboxes across the Northern Hemisphere with home gardeners everywhere starting to plan which seeds they will sow in their spring gardens.

A positive trend in recent years is the growing number of gardening enthusiasts choosing to plant gardens using organic and/or heirloom seeds.

What most of these home gardeners don’t realize is that corporate behemoth and GMO titan Monsanto has been gobbling up the seed market faster than a caterpillar can munch a tomato plant! With one fell swoop in 2005, Monsanto grabbed approximately 40% of the US vegetable seed market with its acquisition of Seminis.

This means that a home gardener could unknowingly be supporting the development and proliferation of genetically modified crops if the seeds used are from Seminis.  In addition, Monsanto now apparently owns many of the names of the seed varieties themselves!

Planting a sustainable home garden is much more than just choosing certified organic seeds and seedlings because Monsanto has cleverly positioned itself to make money off the home gardening trend.

Does this mean that even if you buy organic or heirloom seeds from a completely independent company some of your purchase might be supporting the bad guys?

Yes, it does.

Surprise!

Home gardeners would do well to bone up on where to purchase their seeds so they aren’t inadvertently doing business with companies that maintain a working relationship with Monsanto-Seminis or were acquired by them.

My friend Beth in Minnesota, an avid food researcher, has been digging around to figure out the best ways to buy seeds and seedlings for your home garden without one red cent going to Monsanto.

Buying Organic or Heirloom Seeds Without Supporting Monsanto

Beth has done her very best to make sure the information she has uncovered is current and pertinent with updated listings for the 2013 growing season.  Here are the steps she recommends for those who want to truly strike a blow for sustainability in every way with their home gardens:

  1. Avoid buying from the seed companies affiliated with Monsanto. Here’s a list of these seed companies: http://www.seminis.com/global/us/products/Pages/Home-Garden.aspx
  2. Buy from this list of companies Monsanto HASN’T bought and are not affiliated or do business with Seminishttp://occupymonsanto360.org/blog/monsanto-free-seed-companies/
  3. Avoid certain heirloom varieties because Monsanto now apparently owns the names. This article lists the seed varieties to avoid: http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/17/monsanto-owned-seednames/
  4. Ask seed companies if they have taken the Safe Seed Pledge.  Here’s a list of companies that have done so:  http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?pageId=261

More Background on Monsanto’s Quest for World Seed Domination

Monsanto’s corporate quest is clearly to make money on each and every one of us whether we choose to eat supermarket frankenfoods produced with abominable, patented GM crops or carefully plant and tend an organic garden at home.  Here’s some background information on the subject you may find interesting as well as enlightening:

http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/02/forewarned-is-forearmed-veggie-varieties-owned-by-monsanto/
http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/02/keep-monsanto-out-of-your-veggie-patch/
http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/keep-monsanto-out-of-your-garden-this-spring.html

If you are a home gardener and have information to contribute regarding these steps, please add to the discussion in the comments section.  Also, please spread the word via gardening forums you may participate in that folks need to be very careful when seed sourcing for their spring gardens this year else they might be unknowingly supporting Monsanto.

Let’s make this the year when Monsanto’s grip on the worldwide seed market loosens and the movement to seed sustainability gains momentum!

**Update:  The day after this article was published, the CEO of a large soybean seed company in the Midwest emailed me complaining that the article was short sighted and insisting that Monsanto is helping feed the starving people of the world.  He even went so far as to say that GMO crops are “proven safe”.  Click here for the text of this CEO’s entire email plus my written reply.

I have also received email complaints from two other seed companies, one in Canada and one in Arkansas, that do business with Monsanto-Seminis and were offended by what they viewed as inaccuracies in the post.  In response, I have adjusted the text slightly and moved linked sources to within the text rather than only listed at the end to make the message of the post as clear and precise as possible so as to not result in any consumer confusion over the information.

I have received no complaints about this article from seed companies completely independent of any affiliation or ties to Monsanto-Seminis.

This article was originally published at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/the-four-steps-required-to-keep-monsanto-out-of-your-garden/

About the Author

Sarah is a 40-something, Wife and Mother of three. In 2011, she became a board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting the truth about nutrition out to the masses, and has also served as a Nutrition Educator and Chapter Leader for the foundation.

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16 Comments on "The Four Steps Required to Keep Monsanto OUT of Your Garden"

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  1. Pamela says:

    The link showing seeds NOT owned by Monsanto does not work. It comes up as an error….

    Thank you for your article….!

    • Anna Hunt says:

      I’ve tried to find an updated link but cannot seem to locate one. Best suggestions I have is that you search the resource occupymonsanto360.org or send them an email.

      • Michael says:

        Go onto the occupymonsanto360.org website and then click on their link to the right side with the graphic of a man throwing seeds down. It’s just the link from this site that is having difficulty.

  2. dimitri ledkovsky says:

    The seed source is obviously important. But aren’t there dozens of other ways Monsanto can and does invade your garden or that of a commercial organic grower? How about nanotechnology out of the sky?

  3. One way to remove the “am I funding Monsanto?” question altogether is to rely on edible weeds. They are more nutritious than anything hybridized, they are free, they grow in our yards, gardens and sidewalk cracks.

    I suppose if weed eating ever really catches on, Monsanto will find a way to profit, but for now, eating weeds is to my mind the ultimate F-U.

  4. moriyah says:

    Thank you Sarah.

  5. molecule says:

    Monsanto has never had the goal of making “a profit.” Our mistaken belief that “the system of profit, as taught to us by the IRS” is a natural human desire or motivation, is pure disinformation fed to us by the Bolshevik 5th column sometimes known as the Wall St.-Pentagon complex.

    Monsanto is financed by racist supremacists who print money when they want “profit.” The more they print for themselves, the more the rest of human populations “owe them interest on their profit-money.”

    Their goal is extermination of most of humanity, with abject enslavement of those allowed to remain. Within this larger purpose, Monsanto was organized to destroy the real economic vitality of the family farmer. The first weapon is glyphosate. GMO is proposed as a FALSE solution. Sea minerals and sea SCOBYs are the actual solution. Glyphosate is a mineral chelator which results in death of the plant, as well as the more important underlying soil biota that supports plant life.

    When the soil biota have been chelated of their minerals, only the worst kinds of weeds survive. With fertility chelated right out of his soils, the farmer is soon bankrupted, and his family is forced to move to a city. There, his sons and daughters are enslaved by Bolshevik bank fraud. Monsanto goes in and buys the bankrupted family farms on the cheap. What the Bolsheviks did to 30 million white European Christian farmers in the Ukraine, in the Holodomor, was not done for profit. This is the Bolshevik agenda. Monsanto is not destroying family farmers for profit. This was preditory destruction of a culture of family farming. The Wall St. Bolsheviks hate all forms of innocence, dignity and sovereignty. And a healthy family farming system is the bedrock of political sovereignty by which innocence and dignity can be protected. Monsanto then plans to use a very simple and inexpensive method to quench the glyphosate and to re-innoculate the soils, with its GMO-micorrhyzae, and adulterated humic, fulvia and other soil life supports.

    Monsanto is the raw adulteration of anything pure in nature. GMO is genetic adultery as a form of silent warfare. They rape not for profit, but rather because they despise anything that is strong, natural, clean or innocent. They are the agricultural/ seed part of the Bolshevik agenda. The “Agenda” is to depopulate the planet from all forms of culture which do not use violent torture and genital mutilation to terrorize and traumatize the emerging souls of infant children, who by trauma bonding are to be used as soldiers and slaves to feed into their perpetual war machine.

    We are in a war against an enemy that uses deception and betrayal to adulterate anything that is natural, strong and good. That includes the biological health of our soils and the genetic memory of our progeny. Men have forgotten that one of their main duties in life is protection of the seed, including seeds for food. I hope that’s about to change.

  6. Linny says:

    Lets also keep in mind Monsanto’s partnership with Sinochem Group; whose core businesses span over energy, agriculture, chemical, real estate and financial services. It ‘is one of China’s four state oil companies, and China’s biggest agricultural input company (fertilizer, seed and pesticide). It is the only central-government-owned company that operates the three major agro-inputs, including fertilizer, seed and pesticides.’ The seeds you are buying in stores most likely are coming from China, and will be genetically-altered. Learn everything you can about this company, thoroughly digest their website, speak out about Sinochem, and remember how China treats its People.
    http://english.sinochem.com/g663.aspx

  7. Muhammad says:

    Here is the link to Monsanto-free seed companies from occupymonsanto360.org

    http://occupymonsanto360.org/blog/monsanto-free-seed-companies/

  8. dogg says:

    Use Baker Creek Seeds in Missouri and you won’t have to worry about it. They have only organic and heirloom seeds, and put on lectures and stuff warning about Monsanto and their ilk.

  9. GMOisdeath says:

    http://fracturedparadigm.com/2013/05/29/monsanto-free-seed-companies/ just google monsanto free seed companies and you can find the companies, included one such link

  10. Lynda Jamison says:

    The #2 and #3 link do not work. Could you please look into this? Thanks!

  11. How do we keep Monsanto out of our soil with them spraying every day over our house? The chemtrails are ridiculous. It has to be all over the planet by now. Although this article are great ways to get rid of them we need to do more to bring these bastards to justice. I guess getting the word out is the most important.

  12. michelle says:

    Appreciate this info. Molecule is on point.

    But good will win!

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