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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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