Seed sellers in BC that do not sell GE/GMO seeds.

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no GE (genetically engineered), no GMO (genetically modified) seeds

At GE Free BC, we want safe, healthy food that is not genetically engineered. Inserting foreign genes into a food is an imprecise process that damages the DNA, with unpredictable results. It affects the nutritional content, can cause allergies, and antibiotic genes can survive in the human digestive system. Containment of GE crops from other crops in the field is impossible. Pollen from GE plants can cross with non-GE cultivated & wild plants. You can get more info from the GE Free BC newsletter, and get involved, by emailing: gefreebc@yahoo.ca

Over 100 seed companies have signed the Safe Seed Pledge that they will not buy or sell genetically engineered seeds.

The Safe Seed Pledge

“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.”

Seed sellers in B.C. who have signed the Safe Seed Pledge:
Aurora Farm Seeds of Victoria
Butchart Gardens Stellar Seeds
Crafty Gardener Sunshine Farm
Fraser’s Thimble Farms Terra Viva Organics
Grass Root Seeds West Coast Seeds
Salt Spring Seeds
Others – and some outside B.C.- who sell GE-free seeds:
Van Dusen Seed Collectors Richter’s Herbs
Planting Seeds Project Territorial Seeds
Thompson and Morgan Twining Vine

Interesting Seeds to Plant in 2007:

Full Circle Seeds

Triamble Winter Squash – extremely rare, blue-green skinned, orange-flesh winter squash; Lazy Housewife Pole Beans –fresh green beans for busy gardeners

Grass Root Seeds

Straight Eight Cucumber – introduced in the 30s, good for bread & butter pickles

Planting Seeds Project

Lutz Beets – Salad Leaf, tasty cooked leaves plus winter-keeper beets; Outrageous Kale Mix – eat your greens, fall, winter, & spring

Salt Spring Seeds

Wow! 18 varieties of wheat, including Canadian Red Fife & wheat from Brazil, Afghanistan & Ethiopia; Rosa Bianca Eggplant – Italian heirloom, a mini purple and white striped eggplant for northern climes, can be grown in pots!

Stellar Seeds

Purple Sprouting Broccoli – abundant small florets with sideshoots that keep on coming! ; Yugoslavian Red Lettuce – dark red with creme/green/red interior

Sunshine Farm

Banana Legs Tomato – determinate yellow; Bulls Heart Tomato – semi- indeterminate meaty red tomato

Territorial Seeds

Batwing Mix Mini Pumpkins – orange on top, irregular blackish-green batwing shape on the bottom, so cute

Twining Vine

Costoluto Fiorentino Tomato – from Tuscany, an indeterminate squat tomato with dense, red flesh – bring on the basil & parmigiano!

Two Wings Farm

Ethiopian Lentils – large lentils to dry, with wonderfully pretty foliage & blue flowers; Envy Edamame Soy Beans – eaten fresh, briefly steamed with salt & soy sauce for your own Japanese feast

Van Dusen Seed Collectors

Allium in 16 seed varieties – from B.C. wildflowers, to gorgeous blue globes and tall-stemmed white globes (decorative) to classic chives

West Coast Seeds

Mesclun Salad Mix – the famous assortment of greens, garden to restaurant salads in mild, nicoise, Oriental, provencal, and tangy mixes

Save Your Own Seeds

  • Most vegetable seeds last 3 to 5 years. If you have leftover seeds, be sure to give them a try next year. Extra long-lived seeds include sweet peas and wheat. Parsley is picky – it often isn’t viable for more than a year, and planted, it takes its own sweet time to germinate.
  • Apple, pear, plum, rose, aconite, or chestnut seeds are sown fresh, not dried.
  • Squeeze some of the seed-filled jelly from ripe tomatoes. Place it in a jar with a bit of water. Loosely cover, keep warm for 3 days or more, shaking it daily. Wonderful fungus will arrive to kill disease. Fill the jar with water, and strain out the pulp. Viable seeds will settle on the bottom. Keep rinsing til clear. Pour the seeds onto paper and let them dry completely, before storing in an envelope.
  • Allow bean pods to dry until rattling on the plant before picking.
  • Keep seed in a dry, dark, cool place. The back of your refrigerator is good. Add one of those “Do Not Eat” desiccants to the seed container.
  • Cabbage family plants, e.g. kale, are lovely flowering the following spring. When their seed pods are tan, cut the whole stem off and hang it upside down under a roof. When you’re ready to smash the pods to free the seeds, put them inside a double bag, and hammer away, or dance on them.

*For more information, go to: www.seedsave.org, or Mary Palmore-Kleinhout’s article at www.seedysaturday.ca/seed-saving.htm

Ban Terminator Seeds

Terminator seeds are genetically engineered to be sterile after harvest, so that farmers cannot save and replant them, and must buy new ones. Pollen from Terminator plants in the first generation could spread Terminator genes to other plants. Terminator seeds (“GURT”s) have never been field tested or commercialized, but Monsanto & other major seed and biotechnology corporations have patents on this technology. Genetic seed sterilization would secure the corporate monopoly on seeds for the top 10 seed companies in the world, which own half the global market.

In 2005 and 2006, the Canadian government tried to overturn the UN global moratorium on Terminator seeds; the UN voted to retain the moratorium, but Canada is still considering Terminator technology.

You can sign a petition to your MP to ban Terminator seeds. You can find out more at the national website: www.banterminator.org You can volunteer to help at gefreebc@yahoo.ca

Your community can be a GE Free Crop Zone. Powell River, B.C. and the Southern Gulf Islands have been declared GE Free Zones. There are hundreds of GE Free Zones all over the world. You can ask Farmers’ Market vendors if their food and baked goods are GE-Free. In your supermarket, you can avoid processed food made with GE corn and soy. You can ask for mandatory labeling on food. You can tell your supermarket manager you won’t buy GE food.

 

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