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  • Ray Diggins
    Dec 29, 2009


      Begin forwarded message:

      From: Ray Diggins <ray@...>
      Date: December 29, 2009 12:49:17 PM PST
      To: Local Food Coalition Yahoo Groups <localfoodcoalition@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: FYI Seed alert

      BE SURE TO DO MORE RESEARCH THIS YEAR WHEN BUYING YOUR SEEDS
      THE LIST ATTACHED CAME FROM KANSAS STATE U---
      LOOK BEFORE YOU BUY AND TALK TO YOUR SEED SUPPLIER:
      IS Monsanto determined to own all the seed in the world???????
       Monsanto began aggressively moving into the vegetable seed arena with the $1.4 billion purchase in 2005 of California-based Seminis, which gave Monsanto control over more than 30 percent of the North American vegetable seed market, as well as more than 20 percent of the world's tomato seed market and more than 30 percent of the global hot pepper seed market.

      Last year, Monsanto formed the International Seed Group Inc (ISG) as a holding company for the company's growing investments in regional vegetable and fruit seed businesses.

      Unlike the Seminis business, which is primarily directed at the open-field vegetable market, the bulk of Monsanto owned De Ruiter's business is for greenhouse growers, known as the "protected culture market," which Monsanto said is the fastest-growing area of the vegetable seed industry today.

      Monsanto's vegetable seed business will now include De Ruiter Seeds, the "protected-culture" vegetable seed market; Seminis, the open-field vegetable seed market; and the International Seed Group, which will serve the regional seed businesses."

      Monsanto is not the only chemical company buying up small seed companies. Syngenta and Bayer are also buying up regional seed companies. In the corn seed business it is hard to buy seed that is not owned by Monsanto, Syngenta or Dow.

      Here is an interesting post on Seed companies supplied by monsanto. If
      you think it is relevant please pass it on to the growing food and justice community


      All of these seed companies are owned by Monsanto or buy seed from Seminis or other seed companies, which are owned by Monsanto.

      * Territorial Seeds        (I have contacted Territorial and they are sending a list of seeds they buy from Seminis)
      * Totally Tomato
      * Vermont Bean Seed Co.
      * Burpee
      * Cook's Garden
      * Johnny's Seeds
      * Earl May Seed
      * Gardens Alive
      * Lindenberg Seeds
      * Mountain Valley Seed
      * Park Seed
      * T&T Seeds
      * Tomato Growers Supply
      * Willhite Seed Co.
      * Nichol's
      * Rupp
      * Osborne
      * Snow
      * Stokes
      * Jungs
      * R.H. Shumway
      * The Vermont Bean Seed Company
      * Seeds for the World
      * Seymour's Selected Seeds
      * HPS
      * Roots and Rhizomes
      * McClure and Zimmerman Quality Bulb Brokers
      * Spring Hill Nurseries
      * Breck's Bulbs
      * Audubon Workshop
      * Flower of the Month Club
      * Wayside Gardens
      * Park Bulbs
      * Park's Countryside Garden