Bad News: Monsanto is buying up heirloom seed companies, including Seminis, which sells to Burpee. Burpee made a commitment to non GMO seeds, but who can trust Monsanto as a supplier?
Good News: Monsanto profits are down.
Bizarre News: Monsanto is trademarking the names of common heirloom seeds and anyone selling those seeds has to pay Monsanto a fee to use the name.
Disheartening News: EU Environmental Council has opened a worm hole for Monsanto and will be voting soon. If you do not want GMO crops in Europe and live in the EU, please contact these folks.
Disgusting News: Monsanto is destroying my innocent joy in perusing seed catalogues every winter and trying out new varieties. I will not feed the beast.
Walkabout: saving seeds.
I have no control over companies like Monsanto. The best solution I have ever come up with for myself is the Walkabout. The Monsanto mountain is a big, evil, and scary thing. They just added another peak for me to walkabout. The journey gets longer every year. I do enjoy the leisurely pace.
I have been saving seeds for years and have quite a stash. There are good books on seed saving, the most common method being let the seed mature until dry, collect and store in a cool, dark place.
A little more complex are seeds like tomato and cucumber that have a gel coating to prevent germination. Let them ripen fully, then put the seeds in a small dish and cover with water. They ferment and grow mold. Smell nasty too. At this point add water, mix and pour off the nasty part. Repeat until clean. Drain and dry the seeds quickly, before they sprout. I air dry, which is quick and easy here in New Mexico.
Monsanto got a Presidential pardon on murder. No pardon from me.