Does Not Knowingly Carry Genetically Engineered Seeds
our 1996 Annual Meeting we voted unanimously not to knowingly offer
for sale any transgenic variety because the new gene technologies
pose unacceptable risks to the environment. In 1999 we affirmed
and clarified that position and will follow the guidelines of the
Organic Materials Review
Institute (OMRI) which prohibit the use of genetically engineered
organisms in organic crop production. OMRI uses the National
Organic Standards Board (NOSB) definition of genetic engineering.
Along with more than 150 other seed companies, we have signed The
Safe Seed Pledge.
Please note the word “knowingly.”
Because of the possibility of contamination, over which we have
no control, our pledge necessarily stops short of being an absolute
guarantee. Although we will not sell any variety represented to
us as transgenic, we will not be held legally responsible if any
of our seed tests positive for genetically modified organisms. We
have been advised not to sign any blanket statements such as “GMO
free” that require us to state with certainty that our products
are pure. Please do not submit such statements with your order.
We apologize for having to split legal hairs, but we all share the
reality of genetic drift.
We Test Sweet Corn Seed
and Beet Seed for GMOs
To help ensure the purity of our seed, we have
for the past ten years employed industry leader Genetic
ID to test random samples of our sweet corn lots for the presence
of transgenic contamintion. Because of the risks posed by production
of genetically engineered Roundup Ready beets, we added beet and
chard varieties to our GE testing program last year.
We have removed from our inventory and our catalog
any lots that have tested positive for GMO contamination or show
trace indications of GMO presence.
A negative test result, while not guaranteeing
genetic purity, improves your chances that the seed is uncontaminated.
These tests are expensive, but in a time of genetic roulette, they
are necessary though not sufficient to assure seed purity. Only
if the seed trade takes an adamant position that we will not tolerate
GE contamination in our product can we maintain any integrity in
our seed supply.
Links to: Terminator
Technology, Biotechnology (We
Are As Gods, Debunking
Biotech Myths), Monsanto
Buys Seminis, Speeches & Essays by CR Lawn