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,
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
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 Companies:
We will add to this list as we find information. Here are seed companies
that DO NOT sell GMO seeds:
Ferry Morse Seed Company
Lilly Miller Seeds
Survival Seed - definition and
storage. Survivalists also seek non-GMO seeds.