I was just contacted by Scott Peterson (no relation), owner of Hometown Seeds. Evidently, Chelsea, is a student and part time employee. Scott told me that his company does not, nor ever will, handle GMO seeds. Chelsea was wrong. Here is the communication, shared with Scott’s permission:
To: Barbara Peterson
From: Scott Peterson
Subject: GMO Survival Seeds
Barbara, I am the owner of Hometown Seeds and I need to clarify a terrible misunderstanding. Chelsea showed me your email and I worked back from there after seeing your blog post. Let me explain. First, our survival seeds are all non-hybrid and none are GMO. Secondly, the mistake is all my fault.
After reading your blog we put the pieces together. Chelsea is working in our little company part time. She is a student at a local university helping us build traffic to our website by reaching out to sites like yours. She is not an expert in gardening and relies on me to answer any technical questions.
When the you asked if our seeds are GMO, I told her to respond that we sell some hybrid seeds but they are not in the survival seeds, and none of our seeds are GMO. This is obviously not how she responded and had no idea how badly the mistake would be received. I have seen what she emailed back, hence the misunderstanding and negative blog posts. It was there in black and white after all.
We completely agree with the evils of GMO seeds. We do not now nor ever will carry GMO seeds. As for the survival seeds, the whole point is to provide open pollinated seed that will generate seed for the next year as well as food for the family. All seeds in the survival seed packet are non-hybrid. I don’t know what else I can do but accept full responsibility for the what we have done and apologize profoundly. I am very sorry. I ask forgiveness from you and your readers.
Scott Peterson, owner HometownSeeds.com “More garden for your dollar.”
I commend Scott for his immediate clarification of this matter, and can now endorse his product.
May this be a lesson to us all. Chelsea – when someone asks if your employer’s product contains GMO, KNOW THE ANSWER! This is an extremely important issue, and people who are trying to help others make a difference in the fight against GMO contamination can be irrevocably harmed through ignorance.
So I will repeat what Scott has said: ”We do not now nor ever will carry GMO seeds.”
This was a mistake by a part-time employee.
KUDOS, Scott! We need more people like you to combat corporate AG’s stranglehold on food production.