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Coalition Pushes Seed Companies To Go GE-Free

The Safe Seed Initiative has received written assurance from 50 seed companies around the country that they will "not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants." The effort is being led by the Council for Responsible Genetics and the High Mowing Organic Seed Farm.

Companies who support the Safe Seed Initiative sign a pledge which states in part, "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 people and communities."

Seed companies who have signed the pledge include the following:

Abundant Life Seed Foundation... Bountiful Gardens Environmental Seed Producers...Horse Creek Seed Sanctuary...KUSA Seed Research Foundation Santa Barbara Heirloom Nursery...Beauty Beyond Belief Wildflower Seeds Sunnyland Seeds...New England Seed Co....Butterbrooke Farm The Pepper Gal...Glendale Enterprises...Florida Mycology Research Center Seeds Trust & High Altitude Gardens...Underwood Gardens Borries Open Pollinated Seed Corn Farm...Seed Savers Exchange...Sand Hill Preservation Center...FedCo Seeds...Johnny's Selected Seeds...Maine Seed Saving Network...Wood Prairie Farm...Pioneer Valley Seed Savers Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds...Barney's Ginseng Patch...Morgan County Wholesale...Garden City Seeds...Seeds of Change...Deep Diversity Boone's Native Seed Company...Christopher Weeks Peppers Mellinger's Inc...Nichol's Garden Nursery...Peters Seed & Research Territorial Seed Company...Horizon Herbs...Wild Garden Seed...Heirloom Seeds..Pepper Joe's...Bethlehem Seed Company...Heirloom Seed Project Seeds for the South...Arethusa Seed Farm...High Mowing Organic Seed Farm The Cook's Garden...Zwaan Seeds...Ladybug Herbs of Vermont Garden Medicinals & Culinaries...Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants Filaree Farm...Fungi Perfecti

CANADA: Richters Herbs Alberta Nurseries & Seeds Prairie Garden Seeds Terra Edibles Mapple Farm Salt Spring Seeds

For more information on the Safe Seed Initiative, contact Kim Wilson at the Council for Responsible Genetics - kimwilson@gene-watch.org


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