Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How to eliminate GMO's from your diet: Growing your own produce part 2 which companies to avoid

Tomatoes are ready
(Photo credit: Campobello Island)
Monsanto is the leader when it comes to genetically modifying foods. They are currently in charge approximately 40% of the United States' seed supply. Steering clear of the seeds they own is one way to ensure you are growing organic produce, but it also chips slowly away at their bottom line. Before I go any further with this post, please note that I do not claim that the following products have been genetically modified, but the potential is there. If you want to ensure that you are not supporting Monsanto with your money, avoid purchasing seeds from the following companies:
  • Anderson's Seed and Garden, Inc
  • Ball Horticultural Company
  • Brett Johnson
  • Bunton Seed
  • Corona Seeds
  • David Phillips
  • DeBruyn Seed Company, Inc.
  • Earl May Seed and Nursery
  • L.C. Early's Farm  and Garden Centre
  • Farmer Seed and Nursery
  • Fukuda Seed Store
  • Garden Trends, Inc.d/b/a Harris Seeds
  • Germania Seed Company
  • Grimes Horticulture
  • H.F. Michell Company
  • Meyer Seed Co of Baltimore, Inc
  • Mountain Valley Seed Inc.
  • Ontario Seed
  • Ornamental Edibles
  • Otis S. Twilley Seed Co., Inc.
  • P. L. Rohrer and Bro., Inc.
  • Paul Skalitzky
  • Southern States Cooperative, Incorporated T and T Seeds, LTD.
  • The Page Seed Company
  • Tomato Growers Supply Company
  • Vis Seed Company, Inc.
Monsanto has also purchased the trademark names to the following fruit and vegetable varieties:

  • Beans: Aliconte, Brio, Bronco, Cadillac, Ebro, Etna, Eureka, Festina, Gina, Goldmine, Goldenchild, Labrador, Lynx, Magnum, Matador, Spartacus, Storm, Strike, Stringless Blue Lake 7, Tapia, Tema
  • Broccoli: Coronado Crown, Major, Packman Cabbage: Atlantis, Golden Acre, Headstart, Platinum Dynasty, Red Dynasty Carrot: Bilbo, Envy, Forto, Juliana, Karina, Koroda PS, Royal Chantenay, Sweetness III 
  • Cauliflower: Cheddar, Minuteman 
  • Cucumber: Babylon, Cool Breeze Imp., Dasher II, Emporator, Eureka, Fanfare HG, Marketmore 76, Mathilde, Moctezuma, Orient Express II, Peal, Poinsett 76, Salad Bush, Sweet Slice, Sweet Success PS, Talladega 
  • Eggplant: Black Beauty, Fairytale, Gretel, Hansel, Lavender Touch, Twinkle, White Lightening
  • Hot Pepper: Anaheim TMR 23, Ancho Saint Martin, Big Bomb, Big Chile brand of Sahuaro, Caribbean Red, Cayenne Large Red Thick, Chichen Itza, Chichimeca, Corcel, Garden Salsa SG, Habanero, Holy Mole brand of Salvatierro, Hungarian Yellow Wax Hot, Ixtapa X3R, Lapid, Mariachi brand of Rio de Oro, Mesilla, Milta, Mucho Nacho brand of Grande, Nainari, Serrano del Sol brand of Tuxtlas, Super Chile, Tam Vera Cruz Lettuce: Braveheart, Conquistador 
  • Melon: Early Dew, Sante Fe, Saturno Onion: Candy, Cannonball, Century, Red Zeppelin, Savannah Sweet, Sierra Blanca, Sterling, Vision 
  • Pumpkin: Applachian, Harvest Moon, Jamboree HG, Orange Smoothie, Phantom, Prize Winner, Rumbo, Snackface, Spirit, Spooktacular, Trickster 
  • Spinach: Hellcat 
  • Squash: Ambassador, Canesi, Clarita, Commander, Dixie, Early Butternut, Gold Rush, Grey Zucchini, Greyzini, Lolita, Papaya Pear, Peter Pan, Portofino, President, Richgreen Hybrid Zucchini, Storr’s Green, Sungreen, Sunny Delight, Taybelle PM Sweet Corn: Devotion, Fantasia, Merit, Obession, Passion, Temptation 
  • Sweet Pepper: Baron, Bell Boy, Big Bertha PS, Biscayne, Blushing Beauty, Bounty, California Wonder 300, Camelot, Capistrano, Cherry Pick, Chocolate Beauty, Corno Verde, Cubanelle W, Dumpling brand of Pritavit, Early Sunsation, Flexum, Fooled You brand of Dulce, Giant Marconi, Gypsy, Jumper, Key West, King Arthur, North Star, Orange Blaze, Pimiento Elite, Red Knight, Satsuma, Socrates, Super Heavyweight, Sweet Spot 
  • Tomato: Amsterdam, Beefmaster, Betterboy, Big Beef, Burpee’s Big Boy, Caramba, Celebrity, Cupid, Early Girl, Granny Smith, Health Kick, Husky Cherry Red, Jetsetter brand of Jack, Lemon Boy, Margharita, Margo, Marmande VF PS, Marmara, Patio, Phoenix, Poseidon 43, Roma VF, Royesta, Sun Sugar, Super Marzano, Sweet Baby Girl, Tiffany, Tye-Dye, Viva Italia, Yaqui
  • Watermelon: Apollo, Charleston Grey, Crimson Glory, Crimson Sweet, Eureka, Jade Star, Mickylee, Olympia
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