I am so ticked off that Monsanto owns such a large proportion of the world’s food supply seeds (and then “retires” them) that I want to avoid buying seeds from them at all costs. This is especially difficult now that they’ve bought Seminis, one of the largest garden seed wholesalers in the world.
I know that my favorite seed supply company, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, does get some seeds from Seminis/Monsanto, and was worried I’d need to boycott them to avoid the real Evil Empire. But as it turns out, only 40 of Johnny’s varieties (4% of their stock) comes from Seminis, and they are actively working to replace those with seeds from other sources. That’s great, because they also breed their own plant varieties the old-fashioned way and support small growers/developers. The sell absolutely no GMO seed and the quality of their seeds is very, very good.
Tom Eickenberg at Johnny’s kindly listed for me every single seed variety they get from Seminis this year. It looks like peppers, tomatoes, and squash are the biggest things to watch out for. Here’s his message, and the complete list (after the cut):
Thank you for your email. I have included a list of the Seminis varieties as an attachment.
If I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.
Customer Care Representative
Johnny's Selected Seeds
|2872T||Super Star Treated|
|2033T||Super Chili Treated|
|2309||X3R Red Knight|
|2894||Serrano Del Sol|
|687T||Table Ace Treated|
|2369||Cornell’s Bush Delicata|
|2369T||Cornell’s Bush Delicata Treated|
See also their very thoughtful response to a customer letter about this at http://www.johnnyseeds.com/t-ownership.aspx .