Gain Better Health By Growing Your Own Food!
If you are interested in growing your own healthy food at home, it’s a good idea to obtain your seeds from a place that sells only non-gmo seeds. Some people who have had food allergies have started doing this, particularly, when you realize that most food in the store isn’t healthy.
The video below describes a seed bank in Missouri called Baker Creek Seed Bank that has certified non-gmo seeds that are being preserved and guarded against cross-breeding with gmo seeds.
They have many varieties of seed that you can purchase to grow or store for yourself. Check out the video which gives a walkthrough. Below that is a description of this throwback business model.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company’s Seed Bank revives a past tradition and promotes non-GMO production
Baker Creek’s Seed Bank preserves rare seed varieties and revives a past tradition—the local seed store. “In the 1940s and 1950s, every city with more than 100,000 people had a seed store. Now most of them are gone, with people buying by mail order or from big retailers like Home Depot,” Gettle says.
The vegetable seed business is one bright spot in the current bleak economy. Seed catalog companies such as Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company are thriving. The company’s seed sales have doubled in each of the past two years and may double again in 2010, says Gettle. More people are planting gardens as a way to control their own food security and save money. “We’re seeing a huge increase in new gardeners, especially young people in the 18-to-34 age group,” Gettle says.
The large window sign advertising “Pure, Non-GMO Seed” boldly displays Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company’s commitment to non-GMO production. Genetically modified organisms pose a major threat, Gettle says. “It’s becoming more and more difficult to keep varieties from being GMO contaminated.”
Corn seed is especially threatened; Baker Creek has lost 50% of its corn varieties because they’ve tested positive for GMOs. Some Missouri farmers who grow corn for Baker Creek have had their crop contaminated even though they are in areas where no GM corn is grown. “We figure pollen must travel long distances in the wind,” Gettle says.
Baker Creek’s website expresses its commitment to non-GMO production: “It is our goal to educate everyone about a better, safer food supply and fight gene-altered Frankenfood and the companies that support it.”
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