Thursday, September 17, 2009

Be careful where you get your seed because it's probably from Monsanto

Saving some cucumber seeds today. These cukes are large for pickling so thought about saving some seeds from these little ones, but don't know if they are heirloom or not. Checked on the innertubes and sure enough found that the chances for them being from Monsanto is about 40%, so will scrap that idea.

I've been saving seeds for quite a while, and learned from my sister to save them on a napkin. Just scoop out the seeds and smear them on a napkin, the more juice the better.
They keep well that way and when you plant them, cut them up into small patches and put them in a pot full of dirt, napkin and all, with about 1/4" soil on top.

This works particularly well for heirloom tomatoes, and the seeds from one tomato yeilds 50 plants or so.

Here's what I found out about the seed situation on cucmbers and most vegetables

For OpedNews: Barbara Peterson - Writer

Monsanto is not only overtly taking over the seed market, but covertly also. Did you know that Seminis, "the largest developer, grower and marketer of fruit and vegetable seeds in the world," is owned by Monsanto? Here is a blurb from the company website:

Seminis sells vegetable seeds in more than 155 countries. In addition to the corporate site, we have 10 regional/country-specific Web sites with useful information about local products and contact information....Seminis' parent company, Monsanto, announced plans to acquire Netherlands-based vegetable seeds company, De Ruiter Seeds.

Seminis Inc

"And We Have the Seeds"

Monsanto Purchases World’s Largest Vegetable Seed Company

“Monsanto Company to Acquire Seminis, Inc., a Leading Vegetable and Fruit Seed Company

Acquisition Expected to Add Near-term Income Growth and Diversity to Monsanto's Seed Portfolio

ST. LOUIS (Jan. 24, 2005) - Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) announced today that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Seminis, Inc., for $1.4 billion in cash and assumed debt… “

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