So what about seeds then? I am planning a decent sized garden for next year and I will need seeds. Is this a concern with the seed companies? I don't have room to grow my own meats - but I do support the local farmer at the All Local Farmer's markets in my area. Everything just tastes better IMO. If I ever do get a farm (when I should say) I would like to get into meat birds. I usually don't eat the skin - so I would probably just skin the darn things instead of worrying about plucking.
I have a friend who skins all his chickens. If I didn't want the skin, I surely would do this.
This past winter when I had a knee-high stack of seed catalogs sitting by my armchair, I started emailing all the seed companies to ask about GMO seeds. I was pleasantly surprised when Burpee and Jung Seeds both wrote and assured me they do not sell GMO seeds. Gurneys wrote me, "Thank you for your email. Our GMO policy is, we will not knowingly sell genetically modified seed until reproducible, independent, statistical testing proves the seed to be safe. If and when that ever occurs we will indicate in the catalog copy stating that this variety may or may not be genetically modified." Other answers I got suggested that GMO seed is marketed directly to farmers, not small "home garden" consumers.
The other thing you can do is buy only heirloom varieties, which have never been hybridized in any way. I got all my seeds from a new source this year - Victory Seeds - and was really pleased with their low prices and the generous amount of seed in each packet. They sell only heirloom seeds. Their website also estimates the number of seeds in each packet, which helped me judge how many to buy. Shipping was really cheap too, about $5 for $60 worth of seeds.
Hope this helps.
Edited by backintime - 6/26/12 at 5:46am