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How to tell if the Origin of Seed is Seminis/Monsanto – Clarification

As you know if you read my last post I gave two links (in Part 1 of the Addendum) to the Seminis site to check whether or not your favorite vegetable was a Seminis product.

Don’t give up on that favorite variety just yet.  Here’s some good news.

Good News

It has been pointed out to me:

  • There is the possibility that Seminis may not be the ONLY grower of a particular seed on their product list if they do not have an exclusive.

In other words if the seed in question is not an exclusive of Seminis/Monsanto—there is the possibility that it may be grown by someone else —– and the seed could be bought from the other grower without supporting Monsanto.

The Only Way to Know

As far as I know the only way to find out for sure is to call or email your supplier and ask them where the seed comes from.

An Example

Take the cucumber “Marketmore 76”.  It’s on the Seminis product list. I found it among the offerings of a supplier I thought would not support Monsanto.  I emailed her and she is checking her source to find the origin of the seed.

If I find the origin of the seed is someone other than Seminis/Monsanto I will be able to continue growing Marketmore 76 without supporting Monsanto.

Whatever your choice of vegetable or fruit —

  • Check the Seminis site first to see if it is a product of Seminis/Monsanto
  • Find a supplier and then inquire about the origin of the seed. (Whether or not it is comes from Seminis/Monsanto.)
  • If they say it comes from another grower — it will not be an exclusive of Monsanto/Seminis — and you’ll be good to go.

Express How You Feel

If they say it comes from Seminis/Monsanto, you may want to take the opportunity to express how you feel about supporting Monsanto.  It could make a difference in whether or not the supplier continues to support them.

Some suppliers will furnish a list of Monsanto/Seminis Seeds

I was also surprised to learn that Pinetree (Superseeds) still buys some of their seeds from Monsanto/Seminis.  They will send you a list of those seeds if you ask.

From now on, even if I believe my supplier to be one who does not carry Seminis/Monsanto, I intend to

  • Ask them if they carry Seminis/Monsanto seed.
  • If they do, and I still want to buy from them, I will ask them to furnish a list of those seeds.

You might want to do the same.

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Just so you’ll know:

I have changed Part 1 of the Addendum on the Monsanto – Don’t Entrust Your Life to Them to read as follows:

PART 1 (of the ADDENDUM)

To find out if the variety of fruit or vegetable seed you want was/is a product of Seminis (now owned by Monsanto), click the links.  From there you can click on the vegetable and a comprehensive list of the fruit or vegetable varieties will come up.  http://us.seminis.com/products/products.asp also for home growers  http://www.seminis.com/global/us/products/Pages/Home-Gardeners.aspx (update – 1/23/19 -they have removed this page from their site)

I recommend checking BOTH links.  REASON: Although one is for professional growers, it gives more information.  For example, if one checks only the second link which is for home gardeners — onions and some other vegetables are not listed.  I would never have known what onions were Seminis if I had only checked the home gardeners link since they are only listed under the professional growers link.

If the seed in question is not an exclusive of Seminis/Monsanto — there is the possibility that it may be grown by someone else — and the seed could be bought from the other grower without supporting Monsanto.  As far as I know the only way to find out for sure is to call or email your supplier and ask them where the seed comes from.  For more clarification click here.

(A word of warning: the site is now the property of Monsanto – so I suggest caution in believing what is said on other pages of the site.)

Suggested Reading:

Monsanto – Don’t entrust your life to them.

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2 comments to How to tell if the Origin of Seed is Seminis/Monsanto – Clarification

  • Christine

    Theresa
    I just called Harris seed. They do sell products from Monsanto, which is really annoying because I can get Yaya carrot for one example for $.69 as opposed to $4.00 from another company which is on the safe seed list. I do not want to support Monsanto but it’s really annoying that the same seed is exorbitantly priced somewhere else perhaps there is a difference in the number of seed but I don’t need 300 carrot seeds. Pine tree seeds is wonderful for their smaller packages. Are there other companies which don’t deal with Monsanto who offer smaller packs? I’ve looked at your posts, and all of my favorite small seed companies.
    Incidentally if you type “Monsanto” in the search engine on the Harris seed site you get “monster”!

    Starting my milk jugs!!!

  • Theresa

    Christine, I waited to reply until I could do a bit of searching around to see if I could come up with something helpful. Unfortunately I didn’t.
    That really is amazing the difference in price! Would be interesting to know the “whys” for that.

    Consider also that if stored properly carrot seeds can remain viable up to 3 years or so. (Cool, dry, dark place)

    I’ve never tried yaya but they look like a great carrot!

    Let me know if you find anyone else who sells small amounts so I can pass the word along.
    Theresa

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