CRG stands for the Council on Responsible Genetics.
The CRG Safe Seed Pledge is an expression of the scientific belief that gene manipulation of food supplies is essentially immoral.
For several years now, when you go to the CRG website, what’s there now is a sales page for Microsoft Internet Information Services software.
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.
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.”