Genetically modified (GMO) plants and crops are a concern for anyone who is conscious about what they eat, and how they hope to leave the planet for future generations. One of the biggest reasons for avoiding the use of GMO seeds and plants is their ability to spread into non-genetically modified crops by means of traveling in the wind, in flood or runoff waters, via animals eating and then depositing them in other areas, and inadvertent contamination by human handling. Once they've cross-pollinated, it's too late to return the non-GMO plant's genes back to their original state.
Another concern is the reaction of GMO plants after consumption. Will the altered plant DNA have any unexpected (and as yet not thoroughly studied) effects on human or animal health?
It's well-advised to continue doing research on these altered plants to ensure their safety to people, other plants, animals and the earth. In the meantime, since GMO plants are already in widespread use, there are some concerned growers who are diligent in their use of non-GMO seeds and plants.
The Council for Responsible Genetics has created the Safe Seed Pledge (see below) for growers and sellers of plants and seeds. Garden Harvest Supply is among those who have taken the pledge and agree to sell only non-genetically modified seeds. In addition, GHS vegetable seeds are certified organic, meaning the plant stock that produced the seeds was raised without artificial chemical fertilizers, growth hormones or synthetic pesticides.
GHS believes that growing and nurturing plants should start with the best seeds possible, for the most healthy and productive harvests. In order to provide the best nutrition from garden produce, you have to start with seeds that contain nature's best qualities. Therefore, Garden Harvest Supply is proud and happy to have taken the Safe Seed Pledge, and we hope all our friends and clients will enjoy the safest, healthiest and most nutritious produce possible from their gardens.
The Safe Seed Pledge:
“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.”