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US Seed Companies Pledging to be GE-Free

Recently a project called the "Safe Seed Initiative" was launched by the
Council for Responsible Genetics and the High Mowing Organic Seed Farm. The
initiative is simple: seed companies sign a pledge (see text below) stating
that they will not buy or sell genetically engineered seeds.

Virtually every seed company in the US was given an opportunity to sign on.
Presently, nearly sixty companies have taken the "Safe Seed Pledge," and
more are coming in almost daily. I've attached the text of the pledge and a
list of the seed companies which have signed on.

The Safe Seed Sourcebook Winter 2000


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 people and communities.


Abundant Life Seed Foundation
PO Box 772
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Bountiful Gardens
18001 Shafer Ranch Rd
Willits , CA 95490

Environmental Seed Producers
PO Box 2709
Lompoc, CA 93438

Horse Creek Seed Santuary
PO Box 1476
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

KUSA Seed Research Foundation
PO Box 761
Ojai , CA 93024

Santa Barbara Heirloom Nursery
PO Box 4235
Santa Barbara, CA 93140


Beauty Beyond Belief Wildflower Seeds
1730 So. College Avenue, #104
Fort Collins 80525

Sunnyland Seeds
PO Box 385
Paradox, CO 81429


New England Seed Co.
3580 Main Street, Bldg 10
Hartford, CT 06120

Butterbrooke Farm
78 Barry Rd
Oxford, CT 06478


The Pepper Gal
PO Box 23006
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33307

Glendale Enterprises
297 Railroad Avenue
De Funiak Springs, FL 32433

Florida Mycology Research Center
PO Box 18105
Pensacola, FL 32523


Seeds Trust & High Altitude Gardens
Bill McDorman
PO Box 1048
Hailey, ID 83333


Underwood Gardens
4N381 Maple Ave
Bensenville, IL 60106

Borries Open Pollinated Seed Corn Farm
16293 E. 1400th Ave
Teutopolis, IL 62567


Seed Savers Exchange
3076 North Winn Rd
Decorah, IA 52101

Sand Hill Preservation Center
1878 230th St
Calamus, IA 52729


FedCo Seeds
PO Box 520
Waterville, ME 04903
Maine continued:

Johnny¼s Selected Seeds
310 Foss Hill Road, Box 2580
Albion, ME 04910

Maine Seed Saving Network
PO Box 126
Penobscot, ME 04476

Wood Prairie Farm
49 Kinney Rd
Bridgewater, ME 04735


Pioneer Valley Seed Savers
888 Shelburne Falls Rd
Conway, MA 01341


Peters Seed & Research
PO Box 40
Clitheral, MN 56524


Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
2278 Baker Creek Rd
Mansfield, MO 65704

Barney¼s Ginseng Patch
433 SSE Highway B
Montgomery City, MO 63361

Morgan County Wholesale
Route 2, Box 35A
Barnett, MO 65011

Garden City Seeds
778 Hwy. 93 N
Hamilton, MT 59840

New Mexico:

Seeds of Change
PO Box 15700
Santa Fe, NM 87506

Deep Diversity
PO Box 15700
Santa Fe, NM 87506

North Carolina:

Boone¼s Native Seed Company
PO Box 10363
Raleigh, NC 27605

Christopher Weeks Peppers
PO Box 3207
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948


Mellinger¼s Inc.
2310 W. South Range Rd
North Lima, OH 44452


Nichol¼s Garden Nursery
1190 N. Pacific Hwy
Albany, OR 97321

Territorial Seed Company
PO Box 157
Cottage Grove, OR 97424

Horizon Herbs
PO Box 69
Williams, OR 97544

Wild Garden Seed
PO Box 1509
Philomath, OR 97370


Heirloom Seeds
PO Box 245
West Elizabeth, PA 15088

Pepper Joe¼s
1650 Pembroke Rd
Norristown, PA 19403

Bethlehem Seed Company
PO Box 1351
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Heirloom Seed Project
Landis Valley Museum
2451 Kissel Hill Road
Lancaster, PA 17601

South Carolina:

Seeds for the South
410 Whaley Pond Rd
Graniteville, SC 29829


Arethusa Seed Farm
PO Box 183
Bakersfield, VT 05441

High Mowing Organic Seed Farm
813 Brook Rd
Wolcott, VT 05680

The Cook¼s Garden
PO Box 535
Londonderry, VT 05148

Zwaan Seeds
PO Box 179
Grafton, VT 05146

Ladybug Herbs of Vermont
RR1 Box 3380
Wolcott, VT 05680


Garden Medicinals & Culinaries
PO Box 170
Earlysville, VA 22936

Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants
PO Box 316
Charlottesville, VA 22902


Filaree Farm
182 Conconully Hwy.
Okanogan, WA 98840

Fungi Perfecti
PO Box 7634
Olympia, WA 98507


Richters Herbs
357 Hwy 47
Goodwood, ON L0C 1A0

Alberta Nurseries & Seeds
PO Box 20
Bowden, AL T0M 0K0

Prairie Garden Seeds
PO Box 118
Cochin, SK S0M 0L0

Terra Edibles
Box 164
Foxboro, ON K0K 2B0

Mapple Farm
RR #1
Hillsborough, NB E0A 1X0

Salt Spring Seeds
PO Box 444, Ganges
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2W1


If you would like to support the Safe Seed Initiative, you can make
tax-deductible donations to the Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG). The
Council for Responsible Genetics was founded in 1983, and is comprised of
scientists, lawyers, public health advocates and citizens concerned about
the social, ethical and environmental impact of new genetic technologies.

CRG also publishes GeneWatch, a bi-monthly bulletin that informs and
educates the public about biotechnology.

For more information please contact our office:

Council for Responsible Genetics
5 Upland Rd, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02140

Phone: (617) 868-0870
Fax: (617) 491-5344

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