Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Safe Seed Pledge

I thought I would share the full text of the Safe Seed Pledge with you.  You may have noticed from previous posts (see gmo, heirloom seeds) that I am very passionate about preserving the integrity of our food source.  
With varieties continuing to dwindle it is our responsibility to be aware and active.  1400+ varieties of heirlooms is terrific but since 1910 we have lost 93% of seed varieties.
  Mary's Heirloom Seeds has signed the Safe Seed Pledge!

The Safe Seeds pledge states "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."   http://www.seed-network.org/network/members.php 

It's not just about growing organic food.  It is a pledge to NOT support genetically engineered plants or seeds as well as promoting healthy agricultural practices.
 
Here's another little tidbit from Mary's Heirloom Seeds:

You may have noticed that the price on food, especially produce has been going up.  The quality,
not to mention the nutritional value, has been suffering for quite a while.

Heirloom seeds or seeds that have been passed down for generations are far hardier and as some studies suggest, have more nutritional value than genetically modified (GMO) seeds.

I don't sell anything that I wouldn't grow in my own garden.  All of the seeds listed are organic, open-pollinated, non-gmo, heirloom seeds.  The picture to the right is one of my own tomatoes. 

Anyway, I have been growing my own vegetables and besides the money they save me the flavor is WAY better than the vegetables available at the supermarket.  It also makes me feel less dependent on the supply and I know what goes on my veggies.

I put together a few packages of seeds that seem to belong together and the individual seeds are available also.  Food prices are not going down and growing your own food, especially heirloom veggies, is a great way to save money and get more nutrition for your dollar.       

Happy planting,
Mary

We, Mary's Heirloom Seeds, would like to help! Through April 25th at Midnight ALL heirloom seed orders $15 or more will include a FREE seed pack of YOUR choice! Shipping is FREE!!!!! 

*To choose your seed pack variety:
 -Leave a comment with your order
 Or, leave a comment on our facebook page  
Or, send us an email to mary@marysheirloomseeds.com

Sharing this post at The HomeAcre Hop and  HERE.

10 comments:

Maria Lipkin said...

Hi Mary! I found you on the linkin' with my ladies hop and i am now following along ;)
Maria
www.thislifesbeautifulmoments.com

Katherines Corner said...

wonderful! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Hop xo

mail4rosey said...

It is a great way to save money, and I bet it's really fun too!

Kim~madeinaday said...

Hi Mary! I featured your seeds today for Earth Day! Thanks for linking up on Made in a Day!
Kim

The Busy Bee's said...

Thank you for the great information. We are happy to have you link up at The Busy Bee's (Thursday link party) Thanks for sharing with us all!
Have a wonderful day!
Joye & Myrna
The Busy Bee's

Black Fox Homestead said...

This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing the pledge~ it is good for us to know. Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop. Look forward to seeing you again tomorrow: http://blackfoxhomestead.com/the-homeacre-hop/

Lisa Lynn said...

Love the heirloom seeds! Looking forward to planting all of mine!
Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre!

earthangel said...

Hi, Mary, I found your site on a search I did for how to sign the safe seed pledge. I wanted you to know that the link you provided after you quoted the pledge does not appear to lead to the site you intended it to. It leads to a site about responsible design in architecture. Did you sign the pledge iteself on the site that is provided?

earthangel said...

Hi, Mary, I found your site on a search I did for how to sign the safe seed pledge. I wanted you to know that the link you provided after you quoted the pledge does not appear to lead to the site you intended it to. It leads to a site about responsible design in architecture. Did you sign the pledge iteself on the site that is provided?

mary_smith said...

Hi earthangel!
The link should take to to a site that lists people and companies that have signed the safe seed pledge.