Safe Seed Pledge

Johnny's Selected Seeds was one of nine original signers of the Safe Seed Pledge, in 1999. We present the Safe Seed Pledge, as follows:

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 are 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.

Johnny's invites organizations, governments, businesses, and individuals to join us in our support of the Safe Seed Initiative.

For more information contact the Council for Responsible Genetics, sponsor of the Safe Seed Initiative.