Why Organic Seeds are Better

Encourage botanical diversity with organic seeds, and learn about the potential pitfalls of genetically engineered plants.

| March/April 2017

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Seeds from plants grown under organic conditions are more likely to prosper in your organic garden, because the parent plants met the challenges of the environment and prevailed. The plants that produce organic seeds (and the people who grow them) are never exposed to toxic pesticides, and the seeds are free of chemicals. Organic seeds are never the product of genetic engineering, nor can genetically modified substances or risky pollutants be used in their culture. And the best part? Most organic garden seeds are grown by small farmers who specialize in growing a few seed crops extremely well.  

Sources for Seeds & Plants

The varieties named in this article can be found through these and other seed companies.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Botanical Interests
Fedco Seeds
High Mowing Seeds
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Salt Spring Seeds
Seed Savers Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Territorial Seed

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