We Sell Only Organic Non-GMO Vegetable Seeds
Genetically modified (GM) seeds and plants are also identified as GMOs, which stands for genetically modified organisms. The reason the word organisms is included is because GMO vegetable seeds and plants have had their DNA changed in a laboratory. DNA strands have been spliced using genetic engineering and through experimentation with both plant-based and non-plant-based genetic organisms. The simple definitions of an organism are: (1) an individual living thing; (2) a system with many parts that depend on each other and work together. That leaves a whole lot of wiggle-room for messing with Mother Nature.
At this point the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) is the only regulatory or governing body to administer GM or genetically engineered (GE) crops or seeds. Most recently, tacked onto a bill to avoid a government shutdown, a provision was signed into law that prevents any court from forcing a farmer or company to destroy GMOs when health issues arise, until such time as the review process has been completed. The argument, a quite valid one, is that there has not been enough study to determine the long-term effects of GMOs on our health or the health of our planet. And now, regardless of future studies and findings, any GMO that has already been given the USDA stamp of approval will be protected, with courts unable to intercede while the review process is ongoing, which means potentially dangerous products will remain on the market.
It is important that we make the distinction between hybrid and GMO, as we are asked that question frequently. Hybrid plants and seeds are the result of the natural breeding process. In fact, hybridization can, and does, happen in the wild. How do you think new species of plants have been discovered throughout the years? Only in recent history has DNA played a part in the identification of how these new species came to be.
DNA of plants is not modified in any way, shape or form to produce a hybrid. A hybrid is the offspring, the result of a pairing of two genetically dissimilar plants in order to provide the resulting plant with the best attributes of both parents. Hybrids are bred for color, disease resistance, size, flowering habit, weather resistance, taste and any number of things that a plant can be considered special for. It is a natural process, helped along by plant breeders, taking place in a greenhouse or garden, not in a laband it can take years of cross-breeding to produce a plant that has all of the desired attributes and that will produce the same plant, reliably, over and over again. Hybrids are more expensive because of the ongoing process to keep the hybrids pure; the plants have to be cross-pollinated and the seeds harvested and saved every year in order to produce first generation (F1) hybrids, those plants proven to yield the same dependable results.
GMOs, on the other hand, are created in a lab. Mother Nature's work is picked apart and then put back together again, though not in the same form as it was originally. Again, the argument is not that GMOs are bad for us, or for our planet. The argument is that not enough is known about GMOs to say for certain that they are completely safe.
Questions you might ask:
- Will the altered DNA have unintended and, as yet, undiscovered effects on human health?
- Will GMOs used to feed our livestock affect their health, and through them, affect ours?
- How can cross-contamination between GMO crops and non-genetically modified crops be prevented?
And then you have to consider that once cross-contamination takes place, there is no way to take it back, to restore the non-GMO vegetable seeds' and plants' genes back to their original state.
It is for these reasons that we have taken the Safe Seed Pledge. We believe wholeheartedly that starting with the best seeds possible will produce the healthiest and most productive harvests, the resulting produce being nutritionally superior and safe for consumption by your family. We will not sell anything that we would not feed to our own families. We do our homework to ensure our familiesand YOURSare getting the best. All of our vegetable seeds are organically produced and certified. All of our organic seeds are non-GMO vegetable seeds. None of our seeds are genetically modified and we promise to keep it that way until the safety and efficacy of GMOs has been thoroughly and completely tested and proven.