This chart shows us what seed companies are owned by which of the Big Six companies, the largest being Monsanto. These seeds are NOT genetically modified. But the patented seed (for example Big Beef tomato seeds or plants) come from companies owned by these giants.
An article called Forewarned is Forearmed: Veggies owned by Monsanto by A Garden For The House provides a list of seeds and seedlings that are owned by Monsanto. Take a look: you will be amazed at the plant names you recognise. You can also assured that the majority of big box stores will be buying their seeds from these guys.
What can you do? There are still some smaller seed companies around that are not owned by the Big Six.
Ask you seed supplier. Do they buy from any of these seed companies? Look for small, local seed companies who collect and sell their own seed. I am buying from Salt Spring Seeds. They grow and collect their own seeds. Unfortunately they can’t ship to the USA because of customs regulations. They do ship internationally. Here is a link to a list of companies that do not buy seeds from any of these companies. I didn’t make the list so I can’t verify it but it looks like a good place to start.
Look for local seed exchanges. Don’t buy your seeds at all! Trade them with other gardeners in your area. Here is an article with a lot of links to seed exchanges.
Start collecting your own seeds. Cheapest, safest way, hands down.
Where do YOU buy your seeds? Can you recommend any seed companies that grow and collect their own seeds or buy only from companies that have no ties to bio tech companies?
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