LATEST (Friday, Feb. 26, 2010):

I have removed Hometown Seeds from the site, and no longer endorse their products, as the company sells Seminis Seeds, which is owned by Monsanto.

The company currently sells the Big Beef and Celebrity varieties of tomato seeds, which are produced by Seminis.

A big thanks to Perry, who did the legwork on this one, and exposed Hometown Seeds’ connection to Monsanto through Seminis Seeds!

Barb

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

I was just contacted by Scott Peterson (no relation), owner of Hometown Seeds. Evidently the person who contacted me, Chelsea,  is a student and part time employee. She indicated that Hometown Seeds was selling GMO seeds, and Scott contacted me to let me know that she was mistaken. Here is the communication, shared with Scott’s permission:

To: Barbara Peterson
From: Scott Peterson
Subject: GMO Survival Seeds

Barbara, I am the owner of Hometown Seeds and I need to clarify a terrible misunderstanding. Chelsea showed me your email and I worked back from there after seeing your blog post. Let me explain. First, our survival seeds are all non-hybrid and none are GMO. Secondly, the mistake is all my fault.

After reading your blog we put the pieces together. Chelsea is working in our little company part time. She is a student at a local university helping us build traffic to our website by reaching out to sites like yours. She is not an expert in gardening and relies on me to answer any technical questions.

When the you asked if our seeds are GMO, I told her to respond that we sell some hybrid seeds but they are not in the survival seeds, and none of our seeds are GMO. This is obviously not how she responded and had no idea how badly the mistake would be received. I have seen what she emailed back, hence the misunderstanding and negative blog posts. It was there in black and white after all.

We completely agree with the evils of GMO seeds. We do not now nor ever will carry GMO seeds. As for the survival seeds, the whole point is to provide open pollinated seed that will generate seed for the next year as well as food for the family. All seeds in the survival seed packet are non-hybrid. I don’t know what else I can do but accept full responsibility for the what we have done and apologize profoundly. I am very sorry. I ask forgiveness from you and your readers.

Scott Peterson, owner HometownSeeds.com “More garden for your dollar.”

I commend Scott for his immediate clarification of this matter, and can now endorse his product.

May this be a lesson to us all. Chelsea – when someone asks if your employer’s product contains GMO, KNOW THE ANSWER! This is an extremely important issue, and people who are trying to help others make a difference in the fight against GMO contamination can be irrevocably harmed through ignorance.

So I will repeat what Scott has said:  “We do not now nor ever will carry GMO seeds.”

This was a mistake by a part-time employee.

KUDOS, Scott! We need more people like you to combat corporate AG’s stranglehold on food production.

Barb

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Recently I was contacted by Hometown Seeds, who wanted me to advertise survival seeds on this website. I asked what type of seeds the company was selling. The answer was “some are heirloom, some are GMO.” Here was my response:

Have you looked around the Surviving website? On it I have several articles outlining the effects of GMO, and how bad this technology is for the planet  and the people who live on it. I cannot advertise something that I am  totally against, and that is GMO seeds.

I encourage you to get rid of your GMO sources for seeds as most people are looking for a good, clean source of seeds, and GMO does not  count as good, clean, or in any way desirable.

My readers do not want GMO gardens, and are very concerned that the vegetables they plant don’t get contaminated with GMO. Planting gardens with completely non-GMO seeds is the way to go.

I don’t know how loudly I have to say this – NO GMO!!! For those who think that selling survival GMO seeds is a good idea – look at this video, read the article, and think again.

Genetic Engineering – The World’s Greatest Scam?

By Greenpeace

Genetically engineering of the food we eat is an inherently risky process. Scientists do not know the long-term effects of releasing these unpredictable organisms into our environment or our food.

What’s wrong with genetic engineering?

The products of genetic engineering are living organisms that could never have evolved naturally and do not have a natural habitat.

These genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can spread and interbreed with natural organisms, thereby contaminating non ‘GE’ environments and future generations in an unforeseeable and uncontrollable way. This ‘genetic pollution’ is a major threat because GMOs cannot be recalled once released into the environment.

Because of commercial interests, the public is being denied the right to know about GE ingredients, thereby losing the right to avoid them despite labelling laws in certain countries. READ MORE…