If you're growing a kitchen garden, it's because you want to feel good about your food and the impact your having on your health and that of the planet. That good feeling needs to start with the decision about where to obtain your seeds. One way to screen seed companies is by checking to see which have signed on to the Safe Seed Pledge. The pledge was created in 1999 by a small group of companies and now has over 70 seed companies signed. It reads as follows: "Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms poses great biological risks, as well as economic, political and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities."
Who do you trust to buy seeds from? Where do you source most of your seeds from that you don't save from previous crops or trade with others? The question that prompted the question was a search for flat-leaved (Tuscan?) kale to plant for next winter. My usual sources don't seem to carry what I'm looking for.
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