Growing Without Monsanto

Should you choose to create your own fruit or vegetable garden in your backyard or on your windowsill, how can you keep Monsanto from reaching its grubby fingers into your home?
The corporate behemoth has gained control of 40% of the U.S. Vegetable seed market by buying up smaller companies, and now owns the rights to the names themselves of many kinds of seeds.
Thus these tips from Healthy Home Economist:
Avoid buying from the seed companies affiliated with Monsanto.
Here’s a list of these seed companies:
Buy from a list of companies Monsanto has not bought and are not affiliated or do business with Seminis:
Avoid certain heirloom varieties because Monsanto now apparently owns the names.
This article lists the seed varieties to avoid:
Ask seed companies if they have taken the Safe Seed Pledge.
Here is a list of companies that have done so:


5 comments on “Growing Without Monsanto

  1. How can someone own a seed name? Genetic code should not be for sale, no matter who’s asking! RIDICULOUS! They can try to sue me all they want, I’m planting whatever I feel like as long as it’s still from nature and not a lab.

    • Hey Greg,
      Thanks for the comment. I think that things proceed from bad to worse, one step at a time! Not long before I read your comment, I saw another article about corps trying to patent people’s very own DNA! I think the Supreme Court is looking at that one. In any case, I think the public is pretty much worn out and or distracted from such issues. By the time reality catches up to them, it’ll be too late! As for me, I’m an organic gardener! I want to know what goes into me, and have some control over the quality too!
      Hang in there and encourage other likeminded people to join with you!

  2. Agreed, sometimes you have to just have faith that there’s others like us out there. I used to have a 2000 square foot garden that had full sun. It was about 50/50, and quickly became noticeable. Some people walked for a mile to come see it, others cited city ordinances about my 12 foot tomato trellises that were a full 5 feet over the limit. In the end it was a move that caused the garden’s demise, not the haters! Anyway, it’s good to hear back, where are you located in the U.S.? I’m North of Chicago, I wish I still had my old spot. The watermelon shown in my photo is the unofficial world record North Star Watermelon. I got the seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds, and every year I was able to beat last year’s record. Shown is a 53.5 lb giant, it came off a vine that produced three melons totalling 150lbs! Do you have any gardening achievements of your own? I’m not competitive with this type of stuff, just very interested in maximizing organic productivity. I don’t believe that yields suffer if you know what you’re doing.

    • Hi Greg,
      That’s some amazing watermelon! We live in the SF Bay Area. My garden is totally organic, but my back yard is limited. The deck and patio area take up a good portion. If I was single, I’d definitely have the aquaponics (fish and plant system) plus bees and probably a goat for some home made feta! My claim to fame, so far, has been in organic pest control, plus organic control of fungus and powder mildew. I have 3 chickens, a small vineyard (25 vines of Cab/Merlot), and have made my own table wine for the sat 10 years. I’ve even made some Retsina! Because we don’t have the real Winer out here, we’re Abe to grow avocados, passion fruit, guavas, and a bunch of other cool stuff! I wish I had space for walnut, chestnut, and hazelnut trees. I have a Seville olive (next best thing to Kalamata), and almond, yellow fig, Eureka and Meyer lemons, two types of Manadrin oranges, two types of pomegranate, two types of persimmon, one producing avocado, one sapling avocado, a triple grafted Asian pear, apricot, triple grafted American apple, two types of Fuji apples, Smyrna Quince, Sour Cherry, Arctic peach, three Pineappe Guavas, Nectarine,4 types of Blueberry, four raspberries, 2 red blackberries, and one blackberry. Then, there’s the herb garden: five types of mint, Greek oregano, lemon thyme, lemon balm, pineapple sage, French tarragon, French lavender, Greek Basil, stevia, Earl Grey, lemon geraniums, lemon verbena,and my edible flower collection for cooking! The vegetable garden is just a 4 ft. Wide by 60 ft. long row. I have three types of garlic, Stockton onions (red and yellow), green onions, shallots, chives, carrots, beets, celery, 5 artichoke plants, small mixed gourmet variety potatoes, Baby Yukon Golds, Arugula, broccoli, cabbage, heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumber. It sounds more impressive than it looks.
      I addition to that, we have the chickens and a good compost pile. There you have it. So, you know where I’ll be spending most of this weekend!

  3. Dude the next time I’m back in the Bay Area I’m coming over….sounds like you’ve made the most of your space. I just moved back to Chicagoland from Fairfield. I wish I would have had this blog than. It’s now a new dream to reclaim what I once had, just in a better climate like where you’re at. Good luck with all of your trees etc. I’ve always been a fan of Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap as a first line of defense, its always nice to know that you could theoretically drink what you are spraying! Post some pics if you have time, I’d love to see your spread. Have a good night!

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