Can You Provide Clarification on GMO Seeds for Gardening?

Can You Provide Clarification on GMO Seeds for Gardening?

Cambria Bold
Mar 1, 2010

Q: My interest in gardening has sparked a great deal in the past year. After doing lots of research I still can't seem to find some specific information about GMO seeds. I understand the difference between heirloom varieties and organic seeds, but can organic seeds still be GMO seeds? Certain heirlooms aren't organic, so is the safest seed, organic-heirloom seed? Also, as I understand, GMO plants produce pollen that kills bees. Am I mistaken? And should I not plant seeds if I have a doubt that they might be GMOs?

Sent by Keli

Editor: Great question, Keli. While we are no expert on the matter, as far as we understand most organizations define organic foods as non-GMO and produced without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Heirloom seeds are like a pure breed seed and are typically bred because of particular characteristics. They're also open pollinated (via insects/wind/etc) and are usually several generations old. Therefore, GMO seeds are not heirloom nor organic, but heirloom seeds can be bought organic or non-organic depending on how they've been cultivated.

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