There has been an article shuffled around Facebook lately that includes a list of Monsanto owned vegetable seed varieties. Meaning that Monsanto owns the trademark on that cultivar name, or the patent on a hybrid. Since I am no fan of Monsanto I took a look at the list and found a few (not many luckily) that I had purchased last year. So I sent an email to the Territorial Seed Co., from which I buy nearly all of my seed, to ask if they bought seed from Monsanto.
Within a few hours I was rewarded with a response. No, Territorial Seed Co. no longer buys any of their seed from Seminis/Monsanto. And they actually grow about 25% of their seed here in Oregon at their farms.
You've got to respect that. I'm glad to know my purchases will not line the pockets of execs at Monsanto, a corporation who's ethics are questionable at best. :)
Thanks, TSC, for making efforts like these to please your customers; for fast shipping, great catalogs, and amazingly fast email responses! (My brother is still mad about his last order though, I have a feeling it was lost in the mail.)