It is very disheartening to see so many concerned gardeners that are clueless, and it seems like the majority of these people believe every anti-GMO
meme and article posted on the internet. There are a plethora of reputable blogs and health sites that continually spread untruths and this post is to
basically arm the home gardening anti-GMO crowd with a few facts. Even if you aren't a gardener, you need to know this stuff. Monsanto has a lot of
science to back up their claims, so when it comes to representing an anti-GMO agenda it is important to be versed with the truth when opposing
something so controversial. Hysteria does nothing for the cause and only makes the worried gardener look like a modern day hippie.
GMO seeds are NOT available to the general public!
First and foremost, GMO seeds are expensive and come with the costs of buying in bulk and very complex contracts. If you see a seed company claiming
“Non-GMO”, they are simply implementing a marketing technique that was forced upon them. Much like how the poultry and pork industry labels their
meat as “hormone free”. All poultry and pork are hormone free so there is no need to label it as such, but they have to in order to avoid the
hysteria associated with meats. The only GMO you will be able to purchase on the market are plant parts that come in the form of “food” or
ethanol, and so forth. If you are making decisions to purchase seeds marketed as “GMO free”, then you are simply the victim of creative labeling
Second, some very popular websites have circulated blacklists of seed companies and vegetable seed varieties such as eggplant (Black Beauty), peppers
(Yellow Wax), and tomatoes (Big Beef) to avoid the concern of GMO because De Ruiter and Seminis, which are large hybrid seed developers, is owned by
Monsanto. They disburse their selectively bred seeds to growers and seed companies such as Burpee, Park Seed, Ferry Morse, etc. These family owned
seed companies and growers that obtain their supply from Seminis are not in the business of marketing GMO's and have been wrongly accused of being
owned by Monsanto. Meanwhile, it’s a violation to even provide GMO seeds to non-commercial growers or seed companies without licensing,
inspections, contracts, and other regulations.
USDA website not available due to government shutdown
Germplasm Technology Usage Guide
Guide to US Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology
About De Ruiter
Third, Monsanto has a strict control program of their seed. You cannot just save any second generation GMO seed that they have patented. This is
because Monsanto spends 2.7 million dollars per day to research and develop disease and herbicide resistant, as well as high yield GMO commodity crops
in order to generate billions in profits. It would not be lucrative to allow commercial growers to save and regrow their seed. GMO seed is a one
season grow-out ONLY, and you will NEVER see these seeds in some willy nilly home garden center, nor will you have any seed company selling you a
packet of GMO seeds. Knowingly replanting or selling Monsanto's seed will result in a heavy lawsuit.
Monsanto - Saving Seeds
Farmer Specific Lawsuits
To conclude, GMO seeds are only profitable for the high commodity markets, and not the home gardening seed markets. A gardener only has to use
his/her common sense to understand this. Unless you plant loads of your ornamental or sweet corn out in the open while living in the same hood
that's growing 100 acres of Genuty SmartStax RIB, then your chances of obtaining GMO seeds are very very slim. Rather than spreading lies, causing
unnecessary panic, and falsely accusing family owned seed companies of being owned by Monsanto, it would be nicer to see our energies being focused
on the science and research that these GMO crops entail. I hope the above information has helped.