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September 25, 2008

S.O.S

Posted by Anais Dervaes

Monsanto Takeover Targets Fruits & Vegetables

Fact: 40% of seed varieties sold in the United States are owned by Monsanto.

Noted for its aggressive advocacy of genetically modified crops and its dominance in biotechnology, Monsanto will now have a major presence in the vegetable seed business for the first time.

We aren't talking genetically modified seeds here were are talking about who is supplying the seeds.  Even if you purchase non gmo seeds from a seed company who touts a 'Safe Seed Pledge' that variety may still be OWNED by Monsanto.  Sorry to break the bad news to you, but that's the facts folks.  We, yes even PTF, is supporting the big M by purchasing seeds from our favorite seed companies and you probably are too.

Out of the 2,500 varieties that Monsanto has acquired from the Seminis takeover, here are a few of the published veg varieties that we know that Monsanto owns:

Beans: EZ Gold, Eureka, Goldrush, Kentucky King, Lynx, Bush Blue Lake 94

Carrot: Nutri-Red, Sweet Sunshine, Karina, Chantenay #1, Chantilly, Lariat

Cucumber: Dasher II, Daytona, Turbo, Speedway, Sweet Slice, Yellow Submarine, Sweeter Yet

Lettuce: Esmeralda, Lolla Rossa (and derivatives), Red Sails, Red Tide, Blackjack, Summer time, Monet, Baby Star, Red Butterworth

Melons: Alaska, Bush Whopper, Casablanca, Dixie Jumbo, Early Crisp

Onion: Arsenal, Hamlet, Red Zeppelin, Mars, Superstar, Candy

Peppers: Valencia, Camelot, King Arthur, Red Knight, Aristotle, Northstar, Biscane, Caribbean Red, Serrano del Sol, Early Sunsation, Fat and Sassy

Spinach: Melody, Unipack 151Spinach, Bolero, Cypress

Squash: Autumn Delight, Bush Delicata (producer-vendor), Really Big Butternut, Early Butternut, Buckskin Pumpkin (AAS), Seneca Autumn, Table ace

Tomato: Big Beef, Beefmaster, First Lady I and II, Early Girl, Pink Girl, Golden Girl, Sunguard, Sun Chief Sweet, Baby Girl, Sweet Million

Watermelon: Royal Flush, Royal Star (pet), Stargazer, Starbright, Stars and Stripes, Yellow doll, Tiger

Zucchini/Summer Squash: Blackjack, Daisy, Fancycrook, Sunny Delight, Lolita, Sungreen

They aren't not done yet!  Recently Monsanto purchased one of the largest Internationa Eurpoean based Seed Company.

Monsanto is now the largest supplier of vegetables seeds.

So what to do?  Start saving fazing out listed Monsanto owned varieties, reach where your seeds come from and or save your own.

Taking Back Our Food Supply

Before agriculture became an industry, every gardener, farmer was responsible for the availability of seed for next years crop.  With this recent merger and marketing tactics that has allow a certain "M"-onopoly to take over over the majority of the seed population. Seed-saving is one among many tactics of reclaiming our power (and freedom) to grow our own food, and an indispensable step towards fully sustainable and secure future.

The shift from public to private seed systems

Monsanto Purchases World’s Largest Vegetable Seed Company

The seeds of vegetable diversity

How to Save (y)Our Seeds

Seed Save

S.O.S Campaign & use our sister site Freedom Gardens to connect, meetup and swap seeds with local homegrown revolutionaries


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  1. I am EXTREMELY proud you are outting Monsanto! They are crooks! There are plenty of good videos out on the internet about them (search for them on google video)...

    -The Future of Food
    -The World According to Monsanto

    and a new one I havent seen yet called...

    -Monsanto: Patent For A Pig

    There is also another company similar to Monsanto called "Syngenta"... keep an I out for them too!

  2. The real answer is for us all to return to the 10,000 year-old ritual that made civilization possible. Everyone needs to grow and save some of their own seeds from the plants doing best in their own environments. Bring the seeds you save to an annual pot luck seed saving dinner organized in your area every fall. Trade for the other seeds you need. This is a simple system that will save us. Don't have a dinner to go to yet? Organize one. Use Meetup.com. You can find detailed seed saving information on the website of this 20 year-old non-profit dedicated to seed saving:

    http://www.seedsave.org/issi/issi_904.html

  3. Will spread the 'M' word news this side of the pond!These guys are without decency and morally without a 'conscience'.
    Thanx for the wonderful articles!
    blessings,
    gerry m x
    UK

  4. I still can't believe that a company is allowed to own a seed variety. It boggles the mind.

  5. Monsanto continues to metastisize like a cancer - slowly, insideously, and with bad intent.

    It makes me shudder. Thanks for keeping a watchful eye on this evil and for keeping us informed.

  6. So, will all of their varieties, regardless of source, require royalty payments, like they've done with gm grains? Sounds like vintage seeds and saving our own is moving up in priority!

    Thanks for the post.

  7. We already save almost all our own seed. We enjoy having control of the variety and trying to improve it over the generations. :)

  8. I've been saving seeds this season. I hope they sprout next spring! I've purchased from Seeds of Change before, but you told me they were bought out by Mars(candybars!) I will be joining Seed Savers Exchange next.

    I wonder what a candybar company wants with seeds anyhow...?

  9. Apparently if you save seed from a particular variety that Monsanto has patented you may be sued for copyright infringment.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02.....ref=slogin

    Because they can now patent life itself you now have to hide one of the most ancient human rituals- saving seed.

    It would have sounded sci-fi 10 years ago but it is the reality we have to deal with in 2008.

  10. Here, after we buy seeds (organic or not) we save them always thereafter.

    In Portugal we have a low-profile NGO that gathers traditional varieties from our country, from different places/climates, and distributes these for free to their affiliates!

  11. But surely, these seed varieties whose names you've published are HYBRID seeds - the product of industrialised seed production which was and continues to be designed for the purpose of creating dependence on the provider of those seeds.

    Anyone who is truly concerned about global food security and the independence of the citizen will only purchase OPEN-POLLINATED seed which cannot be patented etc.

  12. I just read this in one of the articles:

    " In 1997, Monsanto began to insert its Roundup resistant gene into one of Seminis’ lettuces"

    I had no idea that there was also RoundUp ready lettuce!

  13. Thank you for the information Julie, I had no idea and am looking into it right now!

    Olá Paulo,

    Can you send me a link or your NGO contact in Portugal?

    De um conterrâneo!

  14. GRRRR, I'm both mad and dissapointed. Territorial Seed Co, where I got all my seeds this year, signed the GMO free pledge but still sells Monsanto seeds. Heck, two of the names on the list are in my garden... Red Sails lettuce (I hope it's not the Round-up Ready one!) and Early Girl tomatoes. Heck, even our local newspaper recommended Early Girls as one of the few good producers for my climate.

    Anyone know a good producing early variety tomato that works in the PNW that ISN'T owned by the big M? Shoot me an email or post on my blog. Thanks!

    I will have to mention my displeasure with Territorial next time I talk to them... not that the clerks care. BTW, I discussed it in my blog a bit tonight I was so mad, and linked folks here. Hope you don't mind.

  15. Thanks for posting this! Should serve as a great reference for me to cross check things when I order my seeds this year. Every year I seem to save more and more of the varieties I grow, but I always get "seed fever" and end up buying a bunch as well.

    • Chuffed.. My gardens asomwe.. and i havnt paid for a thing.. besides the occasional One Pound' shop purchase which i usually just take any way.. oh i forgot was holding that.. -Which is my first way of getting free seeds. Then there's collecting the seeds from them from the very source.. ie.the flowers, fruit, root and vege which they are!- where there's Markets and fruit shops theses always a bin out back (or front on garage night) shop keepers don't usually mind if you ask for their waste either.. i tell them its for my animals. In particular tomatoes, pumpkins and peppers (definitely!), apples, avacardo, carrots (tops), potatoes (all sorts are easy!),citrus, peas, beans.. in fact i cant think of anything that hasn't worked.. I even have a coconut palm (from a coconut !). Dry the seeds out by wrapping them in newspaper and putting somewhere warm. I put mine on top of the water-boiler. It takes from about a week for say chillies pepper or mandarin seeds to a couple of months, for say date or avacardo. -city style wild-crafting! Then of course germinate them. Quality compost is pretty essential here, the difference compared to using low quality dirt makes a couple of quid worth it. However i find there's often broken packages of kids craft type grow kits in the shops from which you take the compost tabs that expand in water. when they're little take them outside for short periods, get them used to the weather and temperature. Morning sun though the window, then outside till the evening then warm at night under the boiler is what i do. Then i transplant them straight into the ground..thirdly.. for The Window box! for herbs and lettuce, its an amazing place. More often now fresh lettuce and herbs is sold in pots -with roots!- from the supermarket. ( i get mine from the compost bin after my flatmates have used the other parts) leeks, spring-oinion, chives, yams, spinach.. any vege sold with roots basically- sometimes even fancy cabbage too.. obviously..plant these! but usually in well drained soil..I have a baby cherry tree and apple. Both these grew from seeds i collect from a nearby attolment. Which has turned out to be my fourth great source of free seeds! The old people there are great, I visit regulary, loads of advice and happy to share their seeds, bulbs, cutting..Its been a real joy,m and i think they like my keen interst.My goal was mostly for a totally recycled garden ie fences, beds, furniture.. its a bit of an addiction. But really if you compare a pound a pound of beams or tommy, or spud, ie. one family meal to a31.30 a packet of twenty, fifty or a hundred! seeds.- In my success- essentially each bean seed has given well over nine times one supermarket purchase. One potato has given me up to eight more potatoes, I now have fresh herbs and fancy lettuce all the time! and will NEVER have to buy tommy again! Its been an awesome project,I am thinking Id like to start a seed exchange sometime.

  16. Baker's Creek still is monsanto free! I have almost exclusively bought from them for this next season... Thank you for making Monsanto more publically exposed than before.

  17. I had heard about this. Fedco published information on their site and how they had dropped some of their best sellers because of the Evil M taking over those varieties.

    This is truly scary!

  18. A few more varieties to add to your list, from the Seminis Website ;-)

    BROCCOLI
    Captain
    Castle Dome
    Coronado Crown
    General
    Heritage
    Ironman
    Legacy
    Liberty
    Major
    Pacman
    Tlaloc
    Tradition

    CAULIFLOWER
    Cheddar
    Cielo Blanco
    Cornell
    Freedom
    Freemont
    Juneau
    Minuteman
    Whistler

    CABBAGE
    Ambrosia
    Atlantis
    Blue Dynasty
    Constellation
    Golden Dynasty
    Huron
    Missouri
    Platinum Dynasty
    Red Dynasty
    Rocket
    Rona
    Ruby Dynasty
    Spring Flavor
    Tobia

    TOMATO
    Apt 410
    Brilliant
    Bizarr
    Idool
    Early Cascade
    Ever
    Ivone
    Timotion
    Applause
    Biltmore
    Beefmaster
    Better Boy
    Big Beef
    Burpee's Big Boy
    Cabernet
    Caspian Pink
    Celebrity
    Classica
    Cluster Grande
    Corona
    Crown Jewel
    Cupid
    Debut
    Floralina
    Florida 47 R
    Florida 91
    Glory
    Golden Girl
    Health Kick
    Husky Cherry
    Hypeel 108
    Hypeel 303
    Hypeel 849
    Jetsetter
    Keepsake
    Lemon Boy
    Margherita
    Patio
    Phoenix
    Picus
    PS 01522935
    PS 01522942
    PS 345
    PS438
    Pink Girl
    Polish Linguisa
    Quincy
    Royesta
    WATERMELON
    Apollo
    Companion
    Cooperstown
    Delta
    Jade Star
    Majestic
    Olympia
    Royal Majesty
    Sentinal
    Stargazer
    Stars'n'Stripes
    Wrigley
    Yellow Doll

    MELON
    Ambrosia
    Cabrillo
    Destacado
    Dorado
    Durango
    Earli-Dew
    Eclipse
    Magellan
    Pulsar
    Saturno
    Sugar Nut
    Vienna
    Yellow Star

    CUCUMBER
    Babylon
    Burpee Hybrid II
    Conquistador
    Cool Breeze Imp.
    Dasher II
    Daytona
    Early Triumph
    Expedition
    Ex 4506143
    Ex 04506117
    Ex 14501043
    Eureka
    Fancy Pack
    Fanfare HG
    Fanfare
    Holland
    Homemade Pickles
    Impreza
    Indy
    Intimidator
    Journey
    Kenia
    Llanoverde
    Loustik
    Marketmore 76
    Palomina
    Patio Pickles SG
    Poinsett 76
    Rockingham
    Speedway
    Spoetnik
    Talladega
    Thunder
    Thunderbird
    Turbo
    Vlaspik

    TOMATO CONT.
    Sausalito
    Small Fry
    Sunsugar
    Super Marzano
    Sweet Baby Girl
    Sanibel
    Solarset
    Sunbeam
    Sunbrite
    Sunchief
    Sunguard
    Sunoma
    Sunpride
    Sunrise
    Sunsation
    Sunshine
    Tygress
    Tona Verde(Tomatillo)
    Viva Italia
    Window Box Roma

    LEEK
    Arkansas

    POPCORN
    Seneca Popcorn

    SWEET CORN
    Absolute
    Devotion
    Obsession
    Passion
    Seneca Arrowhead
    Seneca Dancer
    Seneca Spring
    Seneca Sweet
    Sensor
    Synergy
    Temptation
    Vitality

    LETTUCE
    Brave Heart
    Clemente
    Conquistador
    Del Oro
    Del Rey
    Desert Spring
    Esmeralda
    Grizzly
    Honcho II
    Ideal
    Mohawk
    Monet
    Outback
    Raider
    Red Hot
    Red Line
    Sahara
    Sharpshooter
    Sniper
    Sureshot

    SPINACH
    Avenger
    Barbados
    Correnta
    Hellcat
    Interceptor
    Melody
    MIG
    Tigercat
    Unipack 151
    CARROT
    Abeldo
    Achieve
    Caropak
    Dominion
    Enterprise
    Envy
    Minicor
    Propeel
    PS 07101405
    PS 07101441
    Prodigy
    Pursuit
    Recolete
    Sweetness II
    Tastypeel

    EGGPLANT
    Cloud 9
    Epic
    Galaxy
    Hansel
    Madonna
    Night Shadow
    Orion
    Twinkle

    WINTER SQUASH
    Ambercup
    Autumn Delight
    Autumncup
    Bush Delicata
    Butternut Supreme
    Burpee Early Acorn
    Early Butternut
    Pasta
    Table Ace
    Taybelle
    Taybelle PM

    PEPPERS-HOT
    Aquiles
    Ancho San Martin
    Ball Park
    Big Bomb
    Cherry Bomb
    Cardon
    Caribbean Red
    Chicken Itza
    Chichimeca
    Corcel
    Coyame
    Fresnillo
    Grande
    Garden Salsa
    Habanero
    Holy Mole
    Hot Spot
    Inferno
    Ixtapa
    Jalapa
    Kung Pao
    Kukulkan
    Mariachi
    Mucho Nacho
    Mesilla
    Mitla
    Nainari
    Nazas
    PS 52095
    Papaloapan
    Rebelde
    Rio de Oro
    Sahuaro
    Salvatierra
    Spanish Spice
    Super Chili
    Tajin
    Timebomb
    Tuxtlas
    Senorita
    Serrano del Sol
    Vencedor
    Victorioso
    ONION
    Affirmed
    Bunker
    Caballero
    Candy
    Cannonball
    Caveat
    Century
    Champlain
    Charismatic
    Citation
    Damascus
    Flare
    Fortress
    Gazelle
    Gelma
    Golden Spike
    Granex 33
    Grateful Red
    Hamlet
    Joliet
    Mackenzie
    Mercury
    Monarchos
    Nicolet
    Orizaba
    Red Zeppelin
    Savannah Sweet
    Sierra Blanca
    Sterling
    Tioga
    Verrazano
    Vision
    BEAN
    Alicante
    Brio
    Bronco
    Cadillac
    Carlo
    Cyclone
    Distinction
    Ebro
    Eureka
    Ex 08120703
    Excalibur
    Fandego
    Festina
    Firstmate
    Golden Child
    Gold Dust
    Goldmine
    Goldrush
    Grenoble
    Hurricane
    Hercules
    Lynx
    Magnum
    Matador
    Opus
    Romano Gold
    Sea Biscuit
    Secretariat
    Slenderpack
    Spartacus
    Stallion
    Storm
    Strike
    Sunburst
    Tapia
    Teggia
    Tema
    Thoroughbred
    Titan
    Unidor
    Ulysses
    Valentino
    Veronica
    Volcano

    PEPPERS-SWEET
    Aladdin
    Aristotle
    Baron
    Bounty
    Camelot
    Cherry Pick
    Chocolate Beauty
    Early Sunsation
    Enterprise
    Ethem
    Excalibur
    Key West
    King Arthur
    Luzon
    Morraine
    North Star
    Orange Glory
    Petite Sirah
    Pimento elite
    Plato
    Pritavit
    PS 9915776
    PS 9927141
    PS 9928302
    Ramiro
    Red Knight
    Red Glory
    Satsuma
    Socrates
    Striker
    Sweet Spot
    Wizard

    PUMPKIN
    Appalachian
    Jamboree
    Mini Treat
    Orange Smoothie
    Phantom
    Prizewinner
    Snackjack
    Spirit
    Spooktacular
    Trickster
    Wyatt's Wonder

    SUMMER SQUASH
    ambassador
    Conqueror III
    Daisey
    Declaration II
    Destiny III
    Dixie
    Gold Rush
    Independence II
    Judgment III
    Justice III
    Lemondrop
    Liberator III
    Papaya Pear
    Portofino
    Patriot II
    Prelude II
    Quirnal
    Radiant
    Senator
    Seneca
    Seneca Prolific
    Sunny Delight
    Sunray
    Terminator
    XPT 1832 III
    Peter Pan

    PEA
    Ashton
    Cabree
    Crecendo
    Durango
    Estancia
    Ex 08530726
    Ex 08530731
    Ice Pack
    Ice Breaker
    Mr Big
    Nitro
    Pendalton
    Romance
    Sherwood
    Solution
    Survivor
    Utrillo

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