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CRG and The Safe Seed Pledge

The CRG Safe Seed Pledge is an expression of the scientific belief that gene manipulation of food supplies is essentially immoral.

CRG stands for the “Council for Responsible Genetics.”

For several years, when you go to the CRG Safe Seed Pledge website, what’s there now is a sales page for Microsoft Internet Information Services software.

Incidentally,  Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the largest farmland owner in the United States.

Make of that what you will.

Nevertheless, the CRG statement itself remains an effective declaration within the context of heirloom and open-pollinated seed production.

CRG Safe Seed Pledge

The Safe Seed 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 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 is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, to genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems, and ultimately to healthy people and communities.”


While we, of course don’t think the Pledge is insignificant, we feel the bigger threat here is armies of lobbyists and lawyers owned by very few huge conglomerates like Monsanto.

Truthfully, the average home gardener, and even most market growers, aren’t likely to buy consumer-market GMO seeds. They’re specifically developed to address large industrial farms.

However, the big agricultural concerns, food industries and even pharma have taken some beatings in the pocketbooks, as lost revenue to the heirloom seed trade.

WARNING: Their response to these losses is to buy heirloom seed companies. Some of them are closed to thin out the competition.

However, most are simply left as they are, to function normally, except now as a new revenue stream for the conglomerate.

You might think you’re boycotting GMO, but buying from an heirloom company whose profits go to fund GMO and lobbyists for big industrial combines.

Lovely how these things go. Pretty smart, in fact. And smart is what you’re up against. So be smart, yourself. This business ain’t always as simple as it looks.

Planting open-pollinated seeds is a modern act of resistance. Plant those seeds and change your life.


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Growing crops is a risky proposition. We accept no liability for results other than price paid for purchase. There are too many variables far beyond our control to provide warranty, such as but not limited to:

  • Too much or too little light.
  • Too long or too short of a day.
  • Too long or too short of a growing season.
  • Drought, rain or other moisture-related weather incidents.
  • Quality of water given to plants.
  • Suitability of soil chemistry.
  • Too high or too low of an ambient temperature.
  • Too high or too low of a ground temperature.
  • Predation such as by insects, birds, rodents, or cats and dogs.
  • Transfer of pathogens or hazardous chemicals due to improper handling.

Given all of these variables, we feel that offering a refund limited to the purchase price is the fairest treatment we can offer you.

Thank you for your understanding.

Happy Gardening!
Mike and Bettie
Painted Desert Seed Company