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I have been buying my sprouting seeds from a local small business woman who has an herb and alt health shop in my town.  Today - during my lunch break - I went over to stock up on my sprouting seeds.  Little did I know the State of Pennsylvania has made it illegal for HER to purchase Sprouting Seeds and Supplies to then pass along to ME - the consumer.  She usually orders thru Frontier Co-Op and they have told her they can no longer ship her these items.  She's unable to purchase them online or in other catalogs, too.  She told me it had been in the works for a while but now they are cracking down.    What am I going to do!?  Well, I do live near the NY state line so I could drive there to get them but still THAT IS NOT THE POINT!!!!!!!!  She further told me that Frontier Co-Op will eventually stop selling Sprouting Supplies in the future because there are other states that are now banning the sale of sprouting seeds and supplies.  As of now...I am told I can BUY already sprouted sprouts in the grocery stores that sell them but AGAIN...THAT'S NOT THE POINT!

Sorry...have to vent...

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Comment by Anni on February 4, 2012 at 1:07pm

Don't you all think this is part of Monsanto's plan to govern  and modify all the seeds in the world? It's happening.

Comment by Jennifer Bee on February 3, 2012 at 3:14pm

UPDATE...(posted with permission from Gil to quote)

Hi Jennifer,

I don't know how stuff like this gets started, but the reality is that Frontier has decided to discontinue selling sprouting seeds.  I've spent hours researching Pennsylvania (and other states) food laws and see absolutely no mention of such a restriction.
The day a government tells us how we can use seeds - and if we can use seeds at all, is the day we all march on the Capitol.  
We are direct retail.  We ship only to home sprouters.  We will continue to do so.
Fear not, but fight for your rights!
Be well and happy.

Sproutingly,
Gil
Sproutpeople
Comment by Jennifer Bee on February 3, 2012 at 7:06am

Hi gang!  Thanks for the notes!  And support!  I have contacted a few people about this.  SproutPeople.org, Dara Dubinet (because she was so great with the raid issues last year), as well as a few others.  I will keep you posted on this!  So far - the only 'grounds' I can find is bacterial concerns. BS!!!  I'm also being told that there is no such ban in the state of PA and it's a "story" that Frontier may be telling people as a reason to discontinue the sale of seeds and supplies to wholesalers!  I'm going to research this some more that is for sure!!!

Comment by Debi on February 3, 2012 at 6:38am

You can also contact Sproutpeople.  I buy all my sprouting supplies on line and have not had a problem.  I would also be contacting your local Farm Bureau to ask about this practice as well.  Good luck an I hope you get it worked out.  

Comment by Michelle K on February 3, 2012 at 5:38am

I wonder if you could contact Steve Meyerowitz the Sproutman.  He has a big website and you could possibly ask him what steps you could take or if this is for real.  I thought he was located in that area.

Comment by Maria on February 3, 2012 at 5:37am

That's just crazy!!! On what grounds???? Meat America Inc request??? Seriously on what grounds????

Comment by Rachael on February 3, 2012 at 1:49am

This is just disheartening! I'm sorry for your and those in your position's loss :(

Comment by Maureen Griffin on February 2, 2012 at 9:52pm

Sounds like the same story as closing Rawsome coop in Cal. last year. Yeah, what's going on??

Comment by Ayn on February 2, 2012 at 9:35pm

P.S. Do you know WHY its illegal?

Comment by Ayn on February 2, 2012 at 9:35pm

Thats for sure the craziest AND scariest thing I have heard all day! I love the suggestions for getting creative and I really hope you can figure it all out..

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