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Safe Seed Pledge

Safe Seed PledgeThe Safe Seed Pledge is a document that was created in 1999 by a coalition of seed companies about the dangers of genetic engineering. Since then, over 70 companies have signed the pledge, ranging from large seed companies to family-owned businesses such as ours. The Safe Seed Initiative is currently regulated by the Council for Responsible Genetics and is comprised of scientists, lawyers, public health advocates, and citizens concerned about the social, ethical, and environmental impact of new genetic technologies.

We invite organizations, governments, businesses, and individuals to join us in our support of a safe and secure future. Foundroot is currently the only seed company in Alaska that has signed the pledge.

 

The Pledge

“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, sell, or trade 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 is 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 healthy people and communities.”