HEALTHY: Livingston Seeds from Animal & Garden House.
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Photo by Nicola Muirhead
HEALTHY: Livingston Seeds from Animal & Garden House. Credit: Photo by Nicola Muirhead

As consumers become more aware about food products made from GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and their potential harmful effects on health, more and more gardeners are opting for organic.

At Animal and Garden House you can buy non-GMO and organic seeds to plant in your garden, to ensure your food is natural and healthy.

Since acquiring the store four years ago, managing director Jennifer McCarron has introduced products by Livingston Seed.

These seeds do not contain any GMOs or chemicals, and according to the company website “are developed using traditional breeding techniques”, with no genetic transformation.

Ms McCarron said: “With so many seed companies such as Monsanto altering their seeds, we are delighted that our Livingston Seeds are GMO-free.

“We sell everything, all kinds of vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as bulk seed. And people like the idea of knowing these seeds haven’t been tampered with, especially if they are doing organic gardening in Bermuda.

“In the long run this can help people’s health. It’s always good to know what you are eating and what the ingredients are. It’s important that consumers have a choice.”

Ms McCarron is critical of Roundup, by the US agricultural biotechnology firm Monsanto Company. Monsanto produces genetically engineered (GE) seed plus the herbicide (weed killer) glyphosate, which is marketed under the Roundup brand.

Glyphosate is now also produced by many other companies in the US and around the world. In 2007 it was the most commonly-used herbicide in US agriculture. But concerns about its effects on humans and the environment remain high.

Cancers

Roundup and other glyphosate seeds have found their way into the food chain via many household name products. In the US, it is thought GMOs are present in up to 80 per cent of processed food.

A growing body of critics associate GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Ms McCarron said: “Roundup has proliferated among large, mass-producing farms, because instead of having to spray crops with herbicide, the herbicide is injected, or coated onto the seed.

“Roundup may kill off the bugs but it has also been consumed by us, through the cattle being fed corn containing Roundup, and down through the food chain.

“This herbicide is being blamed for different types of cancers and diseases, and conditions among children such as ADHD.

“Many household-name products have been produced from Roundup corn or soy products.

“But these days people are learning more and more about GMOs, and there is a push to get food companies to more closely identify the ingredients of products on their labels and packaging.”

Livingston Seed offers an expansive range of organic and GMO-free vegetable and flower seeds, in both packets and bulk. Its seed packet line includes 12 different collections and more than 500 varieties.

The company was founded in 1850 by Alexander Livingston, of Ohio, who went on to develop the first ‘reliable’ tomato variety, the Paragon, in 1870.

Many horticulturalists around the world attribute the modern tomato to Mr Livingston.

Today the company’s product line includes: Sow Easy; Plus Pack Vegetables; Plus Pack Flowers; Bonus Pack Vegetables; Organic; Heirloom; Herbs; Pumpkins; Bonus Pack Flowers; Flowers; Perennials; Sunflowers; Botanical Favourites. n

 

The Animal & Garden House, 3 Cemetery Road, Pembroke. Call 292-3705. See animalgardenhouse.com for more information about products, plus planting advice and tips.