Yep, it’s that time of year. Time to start drooling over this years seed catalogs. I’ve already received several and have to reign myself in, as I’ve got quite a few packets of seeds left from last year.
One thing you should consider when looking at seeds is their safety and purity. There are studies starting to come in showing that GMO seeds are affecting, not only the natural world around us, but our very bodies. The GMO tags are being found in pregnant women and their newborn babies, some illnesses are being exacerbated by GMO products, etc. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I knew before there was any hype at all that I wanted nothing to do with GMO products.
I found a nice entry on Facebook by Union County Master Gardeners that I thought you might want to take a look at. It covers some of the safe seed pledge signers, but not all. What I found interesting is they’ve included seed companies that Monsanto owns, as well as Monsanto derived varieties that could be being sold by anyone. They even give a link to “final handlers” people who are the last to handle seeds as they go out to the seeds companies. They know where the seed originated and can tell you who offers safe varieties.
So, as you’re putting together your list this year, check to make sure none of your favorites are on the “dirty” list. If they are, start to look for replacements. I don’t think you want to be a laboratory for Monsanto’s untested seeds.