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Thursday, December 17, 2009

More on GM Seeds

Last week the idea of genetically modified seeds popped up due to a seed giveaway I was hosting. I mentioned that it would be a good topic for further discussion and recently Susy at Chiot's Run put together a great post explaining everything that you need to know about GM seeds. It's frustrating to realize that a large seed conglomerate can dominate so much of the agricultural market but there are options for the home gardener. Certain heirloom seed companies are competing against the big corporation Susy mentions and offer quality open pollinated heirloom seeds that you can save each year. I'll let you read her post to find out more, and I highly recommend that you do!

3 comments :

  1. I admit it, I'm afraid of genetically modified seeds. It seems to me that just because something can be done, it doesn't necessarily mean that it should.

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  2. MMD,

    I agree with you. I have no problem with hybrids and in fact everything is a hybrid of something but to actually play with the genes sounds like too much manipulation!

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  3. Thanks for the link! This is definitely something I'm very concerned about. I want to support the little guys and buying heirloom seeds from small seed houses is just another way I can use my money to ensure a better tomorrow. I'd hate for any of our gardening kids to not be able to do it in the future because many of the seeds were lost. We've already lost so many I want to do my part to help save the ones that are left.

    I try to not purchase from large chain stores for the same reason. Buy handmade from Etsy instead of at Target/Walmart. Buy local produce instead or organic from the grocery.

    So many people feel helpless with the situation, but we can vote in this way, even if it seems small.

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