By CRG Staff
In 1999, nine seed companies and the Council for Responsible Genetics created the Safe Seed Pledge to connect seed sellers with gardeners and small farmers looking for non-GM seeds. Businesses that sign the Pledge commit to not knowingly buying or selling genetically engineered seeds.

CRG formally recognizes vendors through the Safe Seed Sourcebook, available online (see link below). Sellers are encouraged to advertise the Pledge to consumers through seed catalogs and package labels. So far, over 100 seed sellers have joined this growing movement for agricultural sustainability. If you are a seed vendor and would like to sign the Safe Seed Pledge, just copy and paste the form below into an email, fill it out, and send to crg[at] If you prefer, you can print the form and fax it to 617.491.5344, or mail to:

Council for Responsible Genetics
5 Upland Road, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02140 USA


Safe Seed Pledge Signup 2013


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.


Thank you for your participation!

Click here for the full list of participating companies.
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The Council for Responsible Genetics’ Genetic Privacy Manual: Understanding the Threats- Understanding Your Rights will be a comprehensive, electronic source of information for the consumer on these issues.
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CRG has investigated and reported on the commercial claims made about genetically modified crops and transgenic animals introduced into the food supply.
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