gmo seeds

GMO, Non GMO, F1, Hybrid, organic

Often buying seeds can be confusing, and seeds can be GMO NON-GMO F1 Hybrid Organic.  However, what are you really getting, and are some worth the extra money?Seeds: GMO NON GMO F1 Hybrid Organic.

When you want to start your vegetable garden, you must decide not only what kinds of vegetables you want but also what kind of seeds.  It can be not very clear and a bit overwhelming.

Let break it down.

Seeds GMO non-GMO hybrid organic vegetable seeds

gmo seeds

GMO seeds are Genetically modified organisms.

Scientists are creating these seeds in a lab and use genetic engineering techniques.  These types of seeds ( and foods) are becoming more controversial.  But there are compelling arguments on both sides, and I will leave that for another day.

For now, we are just discussing what the term means.  Scientists in a lab can take certain desirable traits and make them more dominant while helping to eliminate less desirable traits.   I.E., consistent uniform looking produce, drought resistants, faster-growing, etc

Non-GMO seeds

Seeds are produced through natural cultivation processes.  This process would include; wind, insects, birds, or other natural means.

Please note non-GMO does not mean that it is raised without the use of pesticides!  Because Non-GMO plants/seeds can be grown with all the same kinds of heavy chemical use that most of us work so hard to avoid!

Non-GMO types of seeds fall into three different categories:

Hybrid/F1, open polluted and heirloom

Hybrid or F1 seeds are cultivated through a very carefully controlled cross-pollution of two parent plants.  Through this method, a new hybrid seed is created with specific characteristics from both parents. The purpose of this method is to produce a single generation of better seeds.

F1 seeds are NOT GMOs.

F1 seeds grow and selectively breed through traditional, natural means.  It is similar to a farmer breeding his two best meat pigs to produce the best offspring for meat.

It is important to know that you can not use F1 seed saving.  The seeds from the F1 plant will produce a plant like one of its parent plants, not the plant you saved the seed from.

Open-pollinated seeds are seeds by natural, random pollinated plants.  Wind, insects, and birds pollinate the plants, and then seeds are harvested.  This is the most natural way.  All open-pollinated seeds can be saved from one season to the next with great results.

Heirloom seeds are always open-pollinated.  They are seeds from plants and plant varieties that are handed down throughout many generations.

Ironically these old varieties don’t often produce vegetables that look like we have been lend to believe are “classic” looking vegetables.  However, looks can be deceiving because they often produce the most flavorful of any seeds varieties.

Then there is a whole separate clarification…Organic

Organic means have grown naturally. So with no or limited pesticides.

The word organic, as regulated by the USDA, always means non-GMO.

( There is a small loophole in food packaging, so to be sure, look for both organic and non-GMO or 100% organic labels).Seeds: GMO NON GMO F1 Hybrid Organic.

Organic vs. non-organic

 It is a surprise that when I pay extra for non-GMO, I could still be getting the things I am trying to eliminate.

So in conclusion:

GMO Seeds

  •    Lab-created
  •    Uniform produce
  •    New varieties
  •    Undesirable traits genetically engineered out
  •    Positive traits genetically engineered in

Not suitable for seed saving

Hybrid or F1

  •    Controlled but traditional cross-pollination
  •    Some undesirable traits breed out
  •    Some desirable traits breed in
  •    New varieties
  •    plants are grown with the use of pesticides
  •    Not suitable for seeds saving

Open-polluted

  •    Natural pollination methods used
  •   from plants grown with the use of pesticides
  •    Great for seed saving

Heirloom

  •    Always open pollination
  •    plants are grown with the use of pesticides
  •    Old varieties handed down through generations
  •    Not always traditional-looking or uniform produce
  •    Great for seed saving

Organic

  •    Always non- GMO
  •    No pesticides used
  •    Great for seed saving if not F1 variety

Seeds: GMO Non-GMO F1 Hybrid organic

I hope this helped clear up some common but commonly miss understood terms.

Check out what happens when you plant old vegetable seeds.

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