Seed banks are repositories for seeds.
As the Petaluma Seed Bank says, “We offer over 1,500 varieties of heirloom seeds—everything we offer is pure, natural, and non-GMO!”
Also, at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds they claim they are America’s Top Source for Pure Heirloom Seeds.
Why heirloom seeds?
Heirloom seeds are the most stable and exactly resemble the original parent plants/fruit/vegetable. They are pure. Cross-pollination can occur naturally or by human intervention which leads to hybrid plants. Thought this is a natural process, when seeds from the fruit or vegetables from these plants are planted, the offspring plants are not predictably the same. >>> This is still very different from GMO seeds. According to the Food Renegade,
“Unlike hybrid seeds, GMO seeds are not created using natural, low-tech methods. GMO seed varieties are created in a lab using high-tech and sophisticated techniques like gene-splicing.” Read the rest of their article here >>>
Why are there Seed Banks?
The best way to understand the purpose of seed banks is to read the Safe Seed Pledge reprinted below from the Rare Seed website.
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 methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats…”
This pledge was signed by us & other companies that are concerned about this issue. For more information on this project, contact:
The Safe Seed Initiative
C/O Council for Responsible Genetics
5 Upland Road, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02140
Having seeds on hand is the perfect way to acquire a safe, secure food supply, according to Rare Seeds. Seeds can last 4-10 years if stored properly. It is important to purchase from knowledgeable, honorable suppliers. Also be certain to purchase seeds that will grow well in your local climate.
How can I Learn More?
Visit the Rare Seeds website and the search for seed banks possibly in your area. A local farmers market or health food store may be a resource. The good news is that it is likely that seed banks will do mail order. You can get a free catalogue from the Baker Creek Heirloom seeds. >>>