Starting an Organic Garden? Read This First!
One of the vey best ways to avoid eating GMO products and pesticides is to start your own organic garden. And I am pleased to see that the amount of people willing to do this is on the rise..
I have found that most people interested in organic gardening have two goals:
- They want to be absolutely sure that the produce they are consuming is 100% certified organic.
- They want to avoid purchasing food that is linked to Monsanto.
For those of you that are unsure of what Monsanto is:
Monsanto Company is a publicly traded American chemical, and agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri. It is a leading producer of genetically engineered seed and of the herbicide glyphosate, which it markets under the Roundup brand.
Of course an organic garden starts with the seed, as you can see in the above definition Monsanto is a lead producer of GMO seeds. So how can we be sure we are not buying seeds produced by Monsanto? Most people would automatically assume to just buy seeds labeled organic. But unfortunately even if they are labeled “organic” it is not enough.. Unfortunately foods that are not labeled “certified organic” and brandish a label stating as such can still contain non organic ingredients, it just means that some of its ingredients are organic. Also, if you buy your seeds from a distributor that also offers non-organic seeds there is a good chance some of the profit of your purchase may be going to Monsanto as currently they own 90 t0 95 percent of seed companies out there. So how can we be sure??
Back in 1999 Highmowing Organics, based in Vermont, created the “Safe Seeds Pledge”. The safe seed pledge is commitment to non-GMO seeds. They feel that the regulation policies in place for the introduction of genetically modified crop varieties is flawed, and that GMO seeds themselves present a threat to plants’ genetic diversity through their ability to pollinate non-GMO plants. Since introduction of this pledge, over 70 companies have signed on, from large companies to smaller family owned businesses.
We need to be buying our seeds from the distributors that have signed this pledge.
Botanical Interests (based in Colorado) , as well as Seeds Now (California based) are two of the larger companies that have signed the pledge and seem to have competitive pricing and interactive websites to order from. If you would like to be able to visit a store to browse and purchase your seeds, here’s a list of companies based here in San Diego that have made the pledge. Otherwise go to www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org for a nationwide list of businesses. Happy planting!
Seed Dreams, San Diego
San Diego Seed Company, San Diego
Green Mountain Resources LLC, Carlsbad CA
Pearsons Gardens, Vista CA
HAVE NO SPACE FOR YOUR OWN ORGANIC GARDEN? STAY TUNED TO LEARN ABOUT SHARED GARDENING! COMING UP NEXT..