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A Call to Boycott Monsanto - Seminis Seeds

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Monsanto is not only overtly taking over the seed market, but covertly also. Did you know that Seminis, "the largest developer, grower and marketer of fruit and vegetable seeds in the world," is owned by Monsanto? Here is a blurb from the company website:

Seminis sells vegetable seeds in more than 155 countries. In addition to the corporate site, we have 10 regional/country-specific Web sites with useful information about local products and contact information....Seminis' parent company, Monsanto, announced plans to acquire Netherlands-based vegetable seeds company, De Ruiter Seeds. LINK

Seminis is a wholesaler, so chances are if you purchase seeds at your local store, or website, the company will have purchased seeds from Seminis/Monsanto.

Seminis offers more than 3,000 seed varieties in 25 fruit and vegetable crops. We do not work with tree fruit, grapes, berries, potatoes and other crops that are plant propagated. (seminis.com)

The company is very proud of their seedless varieties of watermelon and peppers. And why shouldn't it be? No seeds, no seed saving.

Seminis brand names

The Urban Crop Circles Forum is currently doing some research on seed companies that are either owned by Monsanto, or selling Monsanto seeds, or both. The link to the forum is HERE.

The following U.S. dealers stock Seminis/Monsanto seeds for the home gardener:

Burpee, W Atlee, Dege Garden Center, E & R Seed Co., Earl May Seed, Garden Trends, Gardens Alive, Germania Seed Co., Johnnys Selected Seeds, J.W. Jung Seed Co., Lindenberg Seeds, Mountain Valley Seed, Nichols Garden Nursery, Park Seed, Rocky Mountain Seed Co., T & T Seeds, Ltd., Tomato Growers Supply, Willhite Seed Co.

This list was taken from the Seminis site. You can find the full contact information on these dealers HERE. To find the home garden dealers for the rest of the world, go HERE.

The following is a list of products for the professional grower: 

·     Broccoli

·     Cabbage

·     Carrot

·     Cauliflower

·     Cucumber

·     Dry Beans

·     Fresh Market Bean

·     Fresh Market Tomatoes

·     Hot Pepper

·     Lettuce

·     Melon

·     Onion

·     Pea

·     Pickle

·     Processing Bean

·     Processing Tomato

·     Pumpkin

·     Spinach

·     Summer Squash

·     Sweet Corn

·     Sweet Pepper

·     Watermelon

·     Winter Squash

Here is a LINK to the network of seed dealers, distributors, and wholesalers that market Seminis/Monsanto seeds to the retail outlets and professional grower. The list is too extensive to print here.


The Seminis patents, located HERE, are mainly for hybrids and cross-breeding to develop certain traits. With Monsanto in the mix however, I expect we can see some changes.

Here is a LINK to the 4,336 Monsanto patents.

When you buy seeds, make sure they are heirloom seeds, and not hybrid or genetically modified. Check out the companies, and if they purchase their seeds from Seminis, find another company because you are supporting Monsanto when you buy their products. Save the seeds from your heirloom crops and start your own seed bank, because very soon, clean seeds will be unavailable unless they come from you or your neighbor. It is up to us to do the research, ask the questions, then follow through by action. Boycott Monsanto/Seminis seeds.

Barbara H. Peterson

 

http://farmwars.info

Barbara H. Peterson is retired from the California Department of Corrections, where she worked as a Correctional Officer at Folsom Prison. She was one of the first females to work at the facility in this classification. After retirement, she went to (more...)
 
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I like this suggestion:"When you buy seeds, m... by Rady Ananda on Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 10:13:58 PM
Seed companies will label their seeds in their cat... by Barbara Peterson on Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 11:07:39 PM
This is Brad from Monsanto, It's funny, I just ... by Brad Mitchell on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 9:40:57 AM
Actually, what I said was that the last I had hear... by Brad Mitchell on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 9:37:26 AM
I confused "natural" with what you call ... by Rady Ananda on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 12:19:51 PM
Brad,Please follow your own dictates when quoting ... by Barbara Peterson on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 12:09:47 PM
sugar beets sugar cane ,tobacco and a whole pile m... by amicus curiae on Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 10:47:29 AM
I must say, I am shocked and disappointed that Joh... by Bia Winter on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 2:45:28 PM
Go to the bottom of Johnny's home page and you wil... by cpaddock 1252335501 on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 5:40:48 PM
I agree 1000% Barbara! I have been at this awhile,... by Lee Cornell on Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 9:26:50 PM
FANTASTIC "ORGANIC" NEWS EVERYONE!!!Obam... by pro Mo on Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 3:28:58 AM
Or could it be that the Obamas know what is befall... by Barbara Peterson on Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 2:35:45 PM
Seeds of Change.  www dot seedsofchange.com/ ... by Jennifer Hathaway on Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 4:33:03 PM