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The Safe Seed Pledge was created in 1999 by The Council for Responsible Genetics. They are a non-profit NGO made up of scientists, public health advocates, lawyers and concerned citizens. Semences Junco Seeds vehemently adheres to The Safe Seed Pledge.

To the very best of our knowledge, we only grow open-pollinated heirloom varieties.  We do not treat our seed, and all of our seeds are grown without the use of any kind of chemicals or pesticides. 

"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, sell or trade 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. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities."