Is your garden seed purchase supporting Monsanto?
Growing my own food brings me joy in no large part because it frees me from the corporate food system and all that implies. But now I discover that those Early Girl and Healthy Kick tomatoes grown from seed are actually putting money in Monsanto’s coffers. Kevin Lee Jacobs’ blog A Garden in the House informs me that those seed varieties are now owned by the Big Farma agri-giant.
According to Jacobs, Monsanto paid $1.6 billion to acquire Seminis seeds. So in addition to my two tomato favorites, Monsanto is now profiting from selling seed for Beefmaster, Betterboy, Big Beef and Burpee’s Big Boy tomatoes. The company also controls a number of popular varieties of beans, squash, cucumber, eggplant, onions, watermelons, sweet corn, spinach and lettuce.
Those of us concerned about Monsanto’s aggressive efforts to dominate the food supply with its proprietary GMO fruits and vegetables will want to print out the list that Jacobs’ offers to make sure we do not inadvertently support practices we don’t support. Newscast Media warns us that Monsanto is also at the cutting edge of inventing GMO animals, including their patented pigs.