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GMO Talk: Is It Possible to Accidentally Buy GMO Seeds or Plants?

by on April 30, 2012

gmoYou’ve read the horror stories about GMO and GE – genetically modified “frankenfoods” grown from seed that has been engineered in labs to meet a variety of criteria from size and shape conformity to shelf life. These seeds are also bred to resist powerful chemical herbicides and insecticides like Roundup. In fact, many of these seeds are known for being “Roundup Ready”.

Knowledge is power as you  know, but is it possible to buy GMO or GE seeds or seedlings without knowing it? The frightening answer is yes.

The reach of the Monsanto company is large. A tremendous percentage of companies in the United States purchase at least some of their seed stock from Monsanto and its subsidiary companies.

So how do we know that the seeds and plants we buy are non-gmo?

While it can be complicated, it is possible. The first thing you need to know is that the company name you need to look for isn’t Monsanto, it’s Seminis. Monsanto bought the mega seed developer and marketer in 2005 for a reported $1 Billion and their seed can be found everywhere.

Before you purchase seed from any company, read their policy on GMO and GE plants. If you don’t see it, ask. If you don’t get answers, don’t buy. It’s as simple as that. You can always trust the seeds you buy in the UrbanFig Shop to be 100% NON-GMO and ORGANIC!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kaluska April 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Seminis! Never heard of them. Wow.
Thank you!

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jeavonna chapman May 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Just plain scary. Got to watch everything, everything. It’s crazy. Frankenfood.

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Kc tomato May 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I disagree with the premise of this blog posting.

First, most of what Seminis sells is NOT GMO/GE.

Second, the GE seeds are NOT sold in seed racks or listed in garden seed catalogs. They are only sold through COMMERCIAL seed sales for larger growers. Furthermore anyone buying these seeds are required to sign specific contract agreements which entail specific legal issues limiting their use, preventing any third party resale of seeds or plants and outline that anyone growing them must also grow a certain percentage of the same crop as non-GMO (to supposedly help prevent resistance issues).

These companies set limitations on the seeds not only to prevent anyone from reproducing them but also to prevent anyone from doing research on them without consent from the parent company.

Third, there are other companies selling GMO (with same restrictions and limited to commercial growers) such as SYNGETA and others.

At this time it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY anyone will be able to obtain GE seeds without some considerable effort.

The cost of GE seeds is considerably more and it is unlikely someone would buy such seeds and then turn around to sell them and lose profit.

I understand your concern for GMO but if you are going to write credibly about it please get your facts straight.

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