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Before you plant…


The kings of the #healthwashing castle, Monsanto.


Beans: Aliconte, Brio, Bronco, Cadillac, Ebro, Etna, Eureka, Festina, Gina, Goldmine, Goldenchild, Labrador, Lynx, Magnum, Matador, Spartacus, Storm, Strike, Stringless Blue Lake 7, Tapia, Tema
Broccoli: Coronado Crown, Major, Packman
Cabbage: Atlantis, Golden Acre, Headstart, Platinum Dynasty, Red Dynasty
Carrot: Bilbo, Envy, Forto, Juliana, Karina, Koroda PS, Royal Chantenay, Sweetness III
Cauliflower: Cheddar, Minuteman
Cucumber: Babylon, Cool Breeze Imp., Dasher II, Emporator, Eureka, Fanfare HG, Marketmore 76*, Mathilde, Moctezuma, Orient Express II, Peal, Poinsett 76, Salad Bush, Sweet Slice, Sweet Success PS, Talladega
Eggplant: Black Beauty, Fairytale, Gretel, Hansel, Lavender Touch, Twinkle, White Lightening
Hot Pepper: Anaheim TMR 23, Ancho Saint Martin, Big Bomb, Big Chile brand of Sahuaro, Caribbean Red, Cayenne Large Red Thick, Chichen Itza, Chichimeca, Corcel, Garden Salsa SG, Habanero, Holy Mole brand of Salvatierro, Hungarian Yellow Wax Hot, Ixtapa X3R, Lapid, Mariachi brand of Rio de Oro, Mesilla, Milta, Mucho Nacho brand of Grande, Nainari, Serrano del Sol brand of Tuxtlas, Super Chile, Tam Vera Cruz
Lettuce: Braveheart, Conquistador
Melon: Early Dew, Sante Fe, Saturno
Onion: Candy, Cannonball, Century, Red Zeppelin, Savannah Sweet, Sierra Blanca, Sterling, Vision
Pumpkin: Applachian, Harvest Moon, Jamboree HG, Orange Smoothie, Phantom, Prize Winner, Rumbo, Snackface, Spirit, Spooktacular, Trickster
Spinach: Hellcat
Squash: Ambassador, Canesi, Clarita, Commander, Dixie, Early Butternut, Gold Rush, Grey Zucchini, Greyzini, Lolita, Papaya Pear, Peter Pan, Portofino, President, Richgreen Hybrid Zucchini, Storr's Green, Sungreen, Sunny Delight, Taybelle PM
Sweet Corn: Devotion, Fantasia, Merit, Obession, Passion, Temptation
Sweet Pepper: Baron, Bell Boy, Big Bertha PS, Biscayne, Blushing Beauty, Bounty, California Wonder 300, Camelot, Capistrano, Cherry Pick, Chocolate Beauty, Corno Verde, Cubanelle W, Dumpling brand of Pritavit, Early Sunsation, Flexum, Fooled You brand of Dulce, Giant Marconi, Gypsy, Jumper, Key West, King Arthur, North Star, Orange Blaze, Pimiento Elite, Red Knight, Satsuma, Socrates, Super Heavyweight, Sweet Spot
Tomato: Amsterdam, Beefmaster, Betterboy, Big Beef, Burpee's Big Boy, Caramba, Celebrity, Cupid, Early Girl, Granny Smith, Health Kick, Husky Cherry Red, Jetsetter brand of Jack, Lemon Boy, Margharita, Margo, Marmande VF PS, Marmara, Patio, Phoenix, Poseidon 43, Roma VF, Royesta, Sun Sugar, Super Marzano, Sweet Baby Girl, Tiffany, Tye-Dye, Viva Italia, Yaqui
Watermelon: Apollo, Charleston Grey, Crimson Glory, Crimson Sweet, Eureka, Jade Star, Mickylee, Olympia

Any of these names look familiar to you? Yep, thought so. Monsanto paid $1.4 billion to acquire them. Talk about Barftown. As Josh Gitalis so eloquently tweeted: "Good thing they dont own my garden. Because that's the only thing left!" Word.

14 Responses to “Before you plant…”

  1. Gustoso said…
    And Monsanto employees eat organic food. Lol.
  2. Before you buy garden seeds, check out this list of varieties owned by Monsanto
  3. Tom B said…
    Hello! Thanks for posting. I am guessing that most of these plant varieties are not GE, but are protected under some form of breeders copyright? I am just wondering where you got the information as there are certain varieties (black beauty eggplant) which I was under the impression were heirloom, open pollinated varieties. I would just like to do some digging of my own into the matter. Down with Big Ag! Grow your own revolution! Spread the Word! Peace n Love! Tom
    • Leanna K said…
      I would also like an answer to Tom's question above. In what year were these seeds purchased by Monsanto? Where does this research come from? My mother-in-law has been planting some of these varieties for years.
      • Linda Wall said…
        "In what year were these seeds purchased by Monsanto?" The exclusive rights to these seeds were not purchased by Monsanto since no one person owns them. They're in the public domain, which means anyone can propagate and sell them - you, me, or even Monsanto. Of course we don't want to put even a few pennies in Monsanto's pocket, so if you want these varieties, simply buy them from a company you know doesn't deal with Monsanto, Seminis or Petoseed. A company like Seed Savers Exchange, Baker Creek, or Sustainable Seed Company (there are others who don't deal with Monsanto - these three are just the first to come to mind that I'm sure don't deal with them). "Where does this research come from?" It looks like a copy/paste of the list of varieties Seminis and Petoseed sell.
    • Linda Wall said…
      You're right, Tom. Black Beauty eggplant as well as quite a few others on this list are Heirloom/Open Pollinated varieties. Monsanto DOES NOT own them, so you can still buy them safely provided you get them from a company that doesn't deal with Monsanto, such as Seed Savers Exchange, Baker Creek, or Sustainable Seed Company. Open Pollinated varieties are like books with an expired copyright - they're in the public domain, owned by the public, so anyone can make copies and sell them.

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