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HEALTHY CONSUMERS
SEEK ORGANIC NON GMO
GARDEN SEEDS

Beyond their healthy grocery market basket, eco consumers are seeking transparency and sourcing their garden supplies purchasing Organic, Non-GMO certified Seeds from sustainable local - US seed companies. It’s part of a growing trend Market LOHAS is tracking with our Annual MamboTrack Market Research Surveys of Health & Natural Consumers which found that 4 in 10 healthy natural consumers maintain a ‘green home’ and take part in natural home/garden activities. While most of the news about Non-GMO has centered around food products, healthy organic product gardeners are seeking these product label certifications: USDA Organic Non—GMO certified and local US sourced when buying Seeds for the well-being of People and Planet.

Here are a few Sustainable Seed Buying Tips:

1. Buy Certified USDA and ‘Non-GMO’ Seeds

2. Buy seeds from ‘local’ US Seed manufacturers

3. Look for Seeds from Companies who have signed the ‘Safe Seed Pledge’

Healthy natural shoppers are familiar with natural and organic certifications – USDA Organic and Non-GMO and sourcing local – US products. But what is the Safe Seed Pledge? The program was created in 1999 by the Council for Responsible Genetics to enable eco shoppers to make sustainable Seed buying decisions. According to the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), virtually every seed company was given the opportunity to sign a ‘Safe Seed pledge’.

To date, over 100 commercial Seed Companies have signed on to the ’Safe Seed initiative launched by the Council for Responsible Genetics pledge that they will not buy or sell genetically engineered Seeds.

Thanks to our Safe Seed Pledge Friends Lake Valley Seed Company for sharing their eco seeds with MamboTrackers and allow us to tell their sustainable seed story too!

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 people and communities.

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Written by: Karen Herther, Market Lohas


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