At the Hamilton Farmers Market Co-op’s annual meeting last fall, members approved allowing only produce grown from non-genetically modified (non-GMO) seeds. The new rule will be in effect for the upcoming season.
A genetically modified seed or animal is an organism changed by the human insertion of laboratory engineered DNA. There is growing evidence that genetically modified produce is poisonous to other plants, insects and the soil, while also causing numerous ills in people’s bodies from eating these altered vegetables, milk and meat.
When this year’s Hamilton Farmers Market opens in May, only produce grown from non-genetically modified seed will be allowed. Growers/vendors can comply with this requirement by purchasing seeds from companies that have vowed not to sell any genetically modified seeds. All Certified Organic seed is non-GMO.
Current and new Hamilton Farmers Market vendors are being encouraged to keep their seed packets in case there are any questions. Any vendor bringing genetically modified produce to the Market will be turned away.
Many resources are available to help growers avoid purchasing GMO seeds. These include: www.seedalliance.org, www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org, www.garden-of-eatin.com, and www.nongmoproject.org.
Questions regarding the selection and use of non-GMO seeds can be addressed to Laura Garber, 363-6627, or Karen Coombs, 363-0773.