Saturday, July 5, 2008

Seeds of Shame?

Gardening Into The Future.
Gardening is enjoying renewed interest in the US and around the world. We are trudging down the garden path of our grandparents to plant our own Victory Gardens. We dig in the dirt and drop in a few seeds and a miracle happens...food appears! Home gardening seems so safe, we know what we put on our food and we can choose organic or non-organic methods, but the line is beginning to blur. Can Genetically Modified(GM) crops be "Organic"? How do we know if seeds are GM or not? Where do garden seeds come from? Who grows fruits and vegetables just for the seeds? Monsanto is the worlds largest supplier of garden seed in the world, so how do we trust that they are selling us the seeds we want? Currently there is no way to know.

Monsanto is the largest supplier of seeds in the world, but they don't seem very proud of the fact. I doubt I will ever see a package of Monsanto Brand Big Beef Tomatoes but they own that variety. Big Beef Tomato Seeds are resold by dozens of seed companies including Johnny's and Burpee, but nowhere do they say "Proudly Produced by Monsanto Seeds..." In fact 23% of the Tomato seeds sold in the WORLD come from Monsanto and none of them say so on the package. Monsanto is also the creator of "Round-up Ready" seeds and "Terminator" Seeds. When will these dubious "atributes" be incorporated into vegetable garden seeds? Very Very soon.

Monsanto subsidiary Seminis is announcing "Seedless Tomatoes" on it's website. Tomatoes WITHOUT SEEDS. "Seedless" is the basic foundation of "Terminator" seeds...they don't reproduce. I felt a chill down my spine at the thought of that. When bees visit the flowers of these tomatoes, they will cross pollinate with other tomatoes....how long does it take to make ALL tomatoes SEEDLESS? The only seeds available will be from Monsanto!

Seeds are the foundation of the future of our food supply, yet it is almost impossible to find out where the seeds come from. Even Heirloom varieties can be contaminated, and if they are, all the better for Monsanto. It is time to care for our own future by being more careful where we get our seeds. Boycott the GM seeds and be watchful for your neighbors to prevent cross-contamination. And, learn how to collect your own seeds for the coming season.

A partial list of who controls food seeds in the US and around the world:
Monsanto Subsidiaries
DeltaPine Australia Pty Limited - Dec-99
Holden's/Cotton States - Mar-03
Pergamino
Stoneville Cotton
Dekalb
Asgrow
De Ruiter Seeds - 2008
Delta & Pine - Aug-06 (again) World’s largest cotton seed company. Developer of Terminator Technology. Annual sales, 2004: US$315 million-Owns:
* Ellis Brothers Seed
* Arizona Processing
* Mississippi Seed Co.
* Hartz Cotton
* Sure Grow Seeds
* D&PL South Africa, Inc.
* D&PL Semillas Ltda (Costa Rica)
* Deltapine Australia Pty. Ltd.
* Turk DeltaPine, Inc. (Turkey)
* Deltapine India Seed Private Ltd.
* D&M International, LLC:
* D&PL China Pte Ltd.
* Hebei Ji Dai Cottonseed Technology Company Ltd.
* CDM Mandiyu S.R.L. (Argentina)
* MDM Sementes De Algodao, Ltda. (Brazil)
* DeltaMax Cotton, LLC (50%)
As of Nov, 2008, over 170,000 Indian Farmers have committed suicide over crop failures of Monsanto Seeds.

Semillas Cristiani Burkard - June-06?
Mahyco - 2003

American Seeds Inc - NOV-04 ownes:
Channel Bio Seeds - NOV-04
Crow's Hybrid Corn - Feb-05
Midwest Seed Genetics - Feb-05
Wilson Seeds - Feb-05
NC+ Hybrids - Mar-05
Emergent Genetics - Mar-05
Fontanelle Hybrids - Sept-05
Stewart Seeds - Sept-05
Trelay Seeds - Sept-05
Stone Seeds - Sept-05
Specialty Hybrids - Sept-05
Gold Country Seed Inc. - Mar-06
Heritage Seeds - Mar-06
Diener Seeds - Sept-06
Kruger Seed Company - June-06
Landec's - Dec-06
Fielder's Choice Direct - Dec-06
Heartland Hybrids - Dec-06
Jacob Hartz
First Line Seeds
Cargill's Intern.
Seminis - Jan-07 ownes:
Royal Sluis
Petoseed
Bruinsma
Asgrow Vegetable Seeds
Sementes Agroceres (vegetable seed division)
Barham Seed

Monsanto now assumes a leading market share in the global vegetable seed market, where they were virtually invisible before:

Beans Monsanto controls 31% of the global seed market
Cucumbers Monsanto controls 38% of the global seed market
Hot Pepper Monsanto controls 34% of the global seed market
Sweet Pepper Monsanto controls 29% of the global seed market
Tomato Monsanto controls 23% of the global seed market
Onions Monsanto controls 25% of the global seed market


Monsanto Brand Names Sold By Seminis: All seeds using these trademarked names are created and owned by Monsanto:
Ancho San Martin Peppers
Apollo Seedless watermelon
Baby Star Romaine
Bambino mini-personal watermelons
Big Beef Hybrid Tomato
Bistro Lamb’s Lettuce
Bizarr Tomato
Brilliant Tomato
Castle Dome Broccoli(PS 1536)
Cheddar Cauliflower
CMS Liberty Broccoli
Coronado Crown Broccoli
Cupid Tomato
Cupid Tomato
Envy Carrot
Eureka Cucumber
Ever Tomato
Fairy Tale Eggplant
Festina Beans
Glory Tomato
Idooll Tomato
Impreza Cucumber
Ivone Tomato
Jive Spinach
Karina Carrot
Kenia Cucumber
Llanoverde Cucumber
Loustik Cucumber
Luzon Peppers
Mariachi Hybrid pepper
Morraine Peppers
Obsession Sweet Corn
Orange Glory Peppers
Passion Hybrid yellow sweet corn
Pheres Kohlrabi
Picus Roma Tomato(XP 01429864)
Ramiro Peppers
Red Glory Peppers
Red Knight (with X3R *copyright) Pepper
Rumbo Winter Squash
Schooltime Pumpkin
Socrates (with X3R *copyright) hybrid pepper
Spoetnik Cucumber
Striker Peppers
Sun King Hybrid tomato
Sungreen Squash
Sunny Delight Scallop Squash
Tiffany Hybrid tomato
Timotion Tomato
Tomande Tomato
AND, NEARLY 2400 MORE!


Seed Catalog Companies Supplied by Seminis(Monsanto)

Burpee, W Atlee
J.W. Jung Seed Co.
E & R Seed Co.
Earl May Seed
Lindenberg Seeds
Earl May Seed
Mountain Valley Seed
Gardens Alive
Johnnys Selected Seeds
Mountain Valley Seeds
Park Seed
Ag-Seeds Unlimited
Goway Seed Co.
Keithly-Williams Seed Co
Lockhart Seeds
Logan-Zenner Seeds
Osborn Int'l Seed Co
Rocky Mountain Seed Co.
Santa Maria Seeds
Scott Seed Co
T & T Seeds
Tomato Growers Supply
Select Seeds of Arizona
Snow Seed Co
Timothy, Stewart & Lekos
Willhite Seed Co
White Seed Co
DeWitt Seed Co
Holmes Seed Co
Jordan Seed Co
Kelly Seed Co
Rispen's & Son
Rupp Seed Co
Seedway Inc
Siegers Seed Co
Stokes Seeds Limited

AND, MANY MANY MORE!






Monsanto Licensee's
Syngenta - June-08
* Advanta BV (North American corn and soybean business – Garst brand)
* Petoseed
* Bruinsma
* Northrup King (NK)
* Asgrow Vegetable Seeds
* Funk Seed Intl.
* Rogers Bros.
* Zaadunie BV (Neth.)
* McNair Seed
* Cokers Pedigreed
* Fredonia
* Hilleshog
* Agritrading
* CC Benoist
* Maisadour Semences
* Eridania Beghin-Soy
* Golden Harvest (6/04)
* Dia-Engei (Japan) 2/04
* CHS Research LLC (04)
* GA21 (technology) (04)

Devgen - Sept-07

Delta & Pine Land(Monsanto) Subsidiaries (as of November 2005)
ATLED
D&M INTERNATIONAL, LLC
D&M PARTNERS
D&PL ARGENTINA, INC.
D&PL CHINA, INC.
D&PL CHINA PTE, LTD.
D&PL INVESTING CORP.
D&PL INVESTMENTS, INC.
DELTAPINE PARAGUAY, INC.
D&PL SOUTH AFRICA, INC.
D&PL INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CORP.
DELTA PINE DE MEXICO S. DE R.L. DE C.V.
DELTAPINE AUSTRALIA PTY. LIMITED
GREENFIELD SEED COMPANY, LLC
HEBEI JI DAI COTTONSEED TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD. (CHINA)
PAYMASTER TECHNOLOGY CORP.
TURK DELTAPINE, INC. (TURKEY)
D&PL SEMILLAS LTDA. (COSTA RICA)
CDM MANDIYU S.R.L. (ARGENTINA)
DELTA AND PINE LAND HELLAS MONOPROSOPI, E.P.E. (GREECE)
D&PL BRASIL, LTDA.
ANHUI AN DAI COTTONSEED TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD. (CHINA)
D&PL TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY LLC.
D&M BRASIL ALGODAO, LTDA
MDM SEMENTES DE ALGODAO LTDA (BRAZIL)
SURE GROW, LLC
D&PL INDIA, LLC
DELTAPINE INDIA SEED PRIVATE LTD. (INDIA)
D&PL MAURITIUS LIMITED

Companies Owned or Licensed By DuPont:
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Intl. (USA)
* Pioneer Argentina S.A.
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Australia Pty Ltd
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Services GmbH (Austria)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Northern Europe (Belgium)
* Pioneer Sementes Ltda. (Brazil)
* Pioneer Semena Bulgaria
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited (Canada)
* Semillas Pioneer Chile Ltda.
* Shandong Denghai-PIONEER Seeds (China)
* DuPont de Colombia S.A.
* Pioneer Sjeme d.o.o. (Croatia)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Services (Czech Rep.)
* Misr Pioneer Seed Company (Egypt)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Seeds (Ethiopia)
* Pioneer Semences SAS (France)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred N. Europe (Germany
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Hellas (Greece)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Magyarország Kft. (Hungary)
* PHI Seeds Ltd. (India)
* PT DuPont Indonesia
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Italia
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Japan
* Farmchem Seedlinks Limited (Kenya)
* Chemicals & Marketing Co. (Malawi)
* PHI Mexico SA de CV
* Pioneer Hi-Bred N. Europe (Neth.)
* Genetic Technologies, Ltd. (New Zealand)
* Pioneer Pakistan Seed Ltd
* Melo & Cia, C.A. (Panama)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Philippines
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Services GmbH (Poland)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Sementes de Portugal
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Puerto Rico
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Seeds Agro (Romania)
* Pioneer Semena Holding GmbH (Russia)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Services (Serbia & Montenegro)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Slovensko (Slovakia)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Services (Slovenia)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred RSA (South Africa)
* South Korea O.M.C.
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Spain SL
* Bytrade Tanzania Limited
* Pioneer Hi-Bred (Thailand) Co.
* Pioneer Tohumculuk (Turkey)
* Pioneer Nasinnya Ukraine, LLC
* Pioneer Hi-Bred N. Europe (UK)
* Agar Cross Uruguaya S.A
* Semillas Pioneer de Venezuela
* Farmchem Services Ltd. (Zambia)
* Pioneer Hi-Bred Zimbabwe

Companies Owned by Land O Lakes (USA)

* Croplan Genetics
* Hytest Seeds
* Agriliance (joint venture with CHS, Inc.)
* ABI Alfalfa
* Seed Research of Oregon
* Pickseed Companies Group
* Seeds Ohio
* Forage Genetics Inc.

Land O’ Lakes is a giant agribusiness cooperative with total sales of $7,700 million. The company’s 2004 seed sales were $538 million, specializing in alfalfa, maize, soybeans and forage and turf grasses. About one-half of the seed sold by Land O’Lakes is purchased from Monsanto & Syngenta and then sold to coops.



Seed Companies Owned or Licensed by Dow Chemical:
* Mycogen
* Agrigenetics
* Cargill Hybrid Seeds
* United Agriseeds
* Morgan Seeds (Argentina)
* Kelten & Lynks
* Delta & Pine Land (corn & sorghum only)
* Dinamilho Carol Productos (Brazil)
* Hibridos Colorado Ltda. (Brazil)
* FT Biogenetica de Milho (Brazil)
* Phytogen (w/J.G. Boswell)
* Empresa Brasileira de Sementes (Brazil)


Companies Owned or Licensed by NOVARTIS INTERNATIONAL, AG
NOVARTIS SEEDS, INC.
Northrup King Co.
Novartis NK, Inc

Companies Owned or Licensed by ASTRAZENECA, PLC
ZENECA, INC.
GARST SEED COMPANY
AGRIPRO SEEDS, INC.

6 comments:

Kentar1948 said...

Monsanto & Dow in my opinion have been noticeable working together since the Vietnam War. Their production of Agents Orange, White and the rest of the rainbow chemicals showed the world beyond any doubt that these two companies didn’t mind their own customers dying, as long as they make sales. Vietnamese, US, Canadian, Australian, British and New Zealand soldiers as well as civilians of many of these countries were among the victims of these two companies’ mistakes. The Amount of money spent lobbying governments, campaign donations and greasing of the palms in business is staggering and exceeds the money spent on their chemical victims hundreds of times over.

Monsanto and Dow after seeing how many medical conditions caused by their chemicals got into pharmaceuticals. Let’s face it if the people weren’t going to out right die from the chemicals, then they wanted to make the money being spent on keeping them alive or as some would say, “Keep them shitting”.

Wile they were at it food was needed to eat if they wanted them pooping so both began the slow and long take over of seed companies and modification of the seeds in order to out right own life.

Today Dow and Monsanto are in the process of obtaining the rights or outright ownership of our water supply and our food through the seeds they genetically modify, that we plant. It is beyond belief that any government can not see the steady march towards world domination through our food and water supplies. I personally fear the time when these proven uncaring corporations own the world food supply, in fact I already fear for the world because of what they already own or control. But most of all I worry about how many high ranking government officials are owing to these two companies.



Cpl. Kenneth H. Young CD (Ret'd).

VicinSea said...

Thanks for the comment Kenneth Young.

I have been watching these companies since the Vietnam era and I have seen nothing good at all.

The convoluted ownerships of companies is so extensive that it is hard to even know who-owns-what.

Greed is the driving force and our Government won't follow up in reining in these giants of destruction. I honestly cannot see a future that is better than what we have right now. Even the most remote place of Earth is going to be mowed down and used for a dumping grounds.

VicinSea said...

What is wrong with GM foods?

My number one question concerning GM foods is this, "If GM foods are better and safe, then why doesn't the company that creates it advertise those facts and label their food, proudly, as GM instead of hiding behind out-of-date labeling laws???"

If Monsanto or Dow has really created a "cancer curing broccoli" or a "high protein corn", why do they hide them in with all the other, cheaper produce on the market? Why don't we see "Super Veggies By Monsanto" on our supermarket shelves? Why are the GM companies hiding their involvement in subsidiaries instead of being proud of their products???

Monsanto now produces about 40% of the food seeds on the planet but have you ever seen a package that says, "Burpless Cucumbers GM107 By MONSANTO" Nope, they sell their seeds under hundreds of names with no origin listed.

If Monsanto and Dow do not want to be associated with the GM products they create, then -in my opinion- there is something seriously wrong with the products.

The said...

Great article. This subject has been on my mind a lot, lately.

I can just see them waiting until everyone has a Victory Garden and having us all arrested for copyright infringement.

The most sickening part is the idea that the cross-contamination will affect those of us who are genuinely trying to preserve heirloom varieties, not to mention the integrity of the varieties, themselves.

I belong to a local seed swap group, and would like to share your article with them. If there is any way to fight these conglomerates, it will be through local "seed activism".

Cat said...

Although I agree with much of what you are saying, it should be noted that seedless fruits and vegetables are usually hybrids, which don't breed true. So the chances of their genes going out in the world and cross-pollinating all plants of a given type into seedlessness is pretty unlikely. Unless these new tomatoes are specifically GM, they're probably perfectly fine.

That said, I try to avoid supporting Monsanto in any way, shape, or form, so I wouldn't buy the seeds in the first place. I'm just saying that a seedless variety is not necessarily something to panic about.

Also, thanks for the list of companies! Fortunately, I avoid most of them in the first place, but it will be very helpful to check so I can avoid more of them in the future.

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