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GMO Seeds - Facts and Myths


Many home gardeners, and all organic gardeners, are concerned about the topic of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). After all, most home gardeners partake in the hobby to provide healthy food for themselves, their family, and friends, too.

So, let's take the mystery out of GMO, which is sometimes called Genetically Engineered Organisms (GEO).

This information will help to put your mind at ease about the seeds you purchase, and the safety of your garden vegetables.

Are GMO seeds bad?....Or good?

That assessment is up to you..... the reader, the home gardener, and the consumer.

We will not take a position on this debate. Rather, we will let you form your own opinion.

Here are a few pros and cons:

GMO can produce greater yields, and help to feed a hungry world.

They can reduce or eliminate the need for pesticides and fungicides. That means healthier food and less chemicals released to the environment.

Some people fear GMO can create new allergens in the foods we eat.

Some people argue that there is the potential for many unknown, long term, negative health effects.

Definition of GMO and Non-GMO:

Genetically Modified Organisms (abbreviated GMO) is any organism that has been modified or altered by use of genetic engineering techniques. This involves taking DNA molecules from different sources, and recombining them into a molecule to make a new set of genes.

A Genetically Engineered Organism is just another name for GMO.

GMO Seeds are seeds that have undergone genetic engineering techniques to produce certain plant traits, drought or disease tolerance.

Non-GMO Seeds are any seed that has not undergone genetic modification in a laboratory.

GMO Facts and Myths:

Cross Breeding seed varieties is not GMO. It is nature's way of producing new varieties. Cross breeding has occurred naturally since the garden of Eden, as the pollen of one variety of a plant species, pollinated the flower of another variety. Squash are good examples of this, resulting in many, many natural varieties of squash.

Hybrid seed are not GMO seed. The process of creating hybrid seeds uses controlled cross breeding of certain varieties.

Most home garden seed companies do not sell GMO seed.

Most GMO seeds are used in commercial farming.

Organic seeds  and Heirloom varieties, by their very definition, are non-GMO seed. 

NON-GMO Seed Companies:

We will add to this list as we find information. Here are seed companies that DO NOT sell GMO seeds:

Livingston Seeds

Ferry Morse Seed Company

Lilly Miller Seeds

More Information:

Survival Seed - definition and storage. Survivalists also seek non-GMO seeds.



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