Wild Side #8

Keep Monsanto OUT of Your Veggie Patch

by Kevin Lee Jacobs
February 6, 2012


When I bought Early Girl tomato seeds back in 2010, I unwittingly voted for a corporation I vehemently oppose. Which corporation? Why, the evil empire known as Monsanto. Here are a few facts about this loathsome company, along with a few ways to keep it out of your veggie patch:

Monsanto is the agricultural-biotechnology monster who brought us Agent Orange and Round-Up. They also brought us "Round-Up Ready" corn, soybean, cotton, and canola seeds. These seeds, which are sold to industrial farmers, have been genetically engineered to withstand overhead spraying of glyphosate, the herbicide found in Round-Up. Monsanto's latest horror, "Round-Up Ready" alfalfa, which spells the end of organic dairy products, was approved by the Obama administration in January of 2011.

And now, the company wants to poke its greedy fingers into our home gardens. In 2005, Monsanto quietly purchased Seminis Seeds for $1.4 billion in cash. Seminis' seeds are carried by some of the best-known gardening catalogs, including Burpee, Park Seed, John Scheeper and others.

The purchase of Seminis, plus the purchase of several smaller seed concerns, has given Monsanto an estimated 40%-80% share of the home vegetable seed market.

If you don't wish to contribute to a company who seems hell-bent on destroying the environment, I suggest you do these three things:

My heart sank when I discovered that Monsanto sells the colorful Cheddar cauliflower, which is currently listed in John Scheeper's Kitchen Garden catalog. But it is a variety that will never see the raised beds in my Kitchen Garden. I'll opt for an open-pollinated variety instead.

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