Most people don’t really know much about the foods they eat every day, most people don’t even really know where their food is coming from! Little know fact is this, most of the produce we buy in the local grocery stores are GMO or Hybrid versions of the original vegetables and fruits that were naturally found, discovered and cultivated. What’s the big deal? The big deal is that once upon a time all of the produce was produced organically, and through hundreds of years of being molded by the natural evolutionary processes.
Most people don’t even know what the letters G.M.O. stand for. GMO is by definition Genetically Modified Organism. When talking about produce, it is generally produce that is manufactured to have a specific DNA build up.
Now I am sure that those people that want to see cloning of humans for *spare parts* are probably completely alright with this. Personally I think it is wrong on so many levels!
For starters, plants, much like animals, naturally adapt to changes in their climate or environment in general. Since plants are hardwired to focus all of their energy towards the seed production at the middle or end of the plants life cycle, in doing so they force all of the nutrient rich good stuff into the fruit to better develop the seed. Plants spend the full cycle trying to produce the largest and healthiest seeds possible in different ways too. Some focus on making as many seeds as possible and others make fewer more reliable seeds.
When genetically modifying these plants there is no telling if they will make a ton of junk seed or a handful of strong healthy seed. We are in a sense pausing the natural evolutionary process and seeing if we can’t do Mother Nature’s job for her.
Hybrids are a whole other problem all in their own! To Create a hybrid plant you have cross breed the plants over, many types of self pollinating plants would actually have to be darn near disassembled in order to do this. It’s kind of like invetro for people, except these plants can produce seeds and continue without it being done, and invetro isn’t trying to cross a person with a bird just because it’d be cool.
Most Hybrids are created to produce a superior plant. The reasoning behind it varies from producing larger or smaller fruit, earlier or slower to bolt, have higher yield or even just grow in a neater more compact habit.
Unfortunately most of the seeds saved from these plants are sterile, or are certain to produce absolutely random plants of their own accord with which ever characteristics they choose.
For Example, say you grow the most fantastic slicing/beefsteak tomatoes. You decide to save some seeds so you can have these same wonderfully abundant plants again, but once you’ve planted them the leaves look different, and the fruits are more heart shaped and dry like a paste tomato. This is enough to break your heart after nursing those little seeds, but you know better next time.
If every gardener and every farmer out there decided that they are going to begin using hybrid or GMO seeds we are likely to find ourselves in a tight spot in the next hundred or so years. A few bad seed years and we would have a difficult time finding produce of any sort.
All in all I love my heirloom garden. Every year it produces just what I expect and I can sleep sound knowing exactly where they came from and know that they’ll be there for my family next year, and the year after that, and on and on —