I got my new catalog in yesterday from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds. What a purty book. Lots of info and recipes, and large pictures of the produce. See them here: Baker Creek.
So what's so great about this company? Other than their very nice catalog? They're non-GMO. I like this. Pure and natural. Not harmful to us or the environment. As they say:
"A Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) results from a discipline called Genetic Engineering which involves taking genes from one species and inserting them into another. For example, genes from an arctic flounder which has "antifreeze" properties may be spliced into a tomato to prevent frost damage. It is impossible to guide the insertion of the new gene. This can lead to unpredictable effects. Also, genes do not work in isolation but in highly complex relationships which are still not fully understood. Any change to the DNA at any point will affect it throughout its length in ways scientists cannot predict. The claim by some that they can is both arrogant and untrue."
I don't know about you, but I sure don't want my DNA messed with. Any change to any part of our eco-system and our environment creates consequences. These can be good or bad consequences. These can be either immediate or long-term. What we do, all we do, affects not only ourselves, our children, our pets, but the land and atmosphere around us. I believe in balance and responsibility for the only world we have to live on. I'm not a tree hugger, but I do like living. And living well.