Search The Rusted Garden Blog: Just Enter A Vegetable or Phrase

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Truth About Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's), Hybrids, Heirlooms and Your Vegetable Seeds - Call Them GEO's!

The Rusted Garden Seed and Garden Shop


The Truth About Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's), 
Hybrids, Heirlooms and Your Vegetable Seeds - Call Them GEO's

All flower and vegetable seeds you buy in seed packs, for a couple of bucks, are not Genetically Modified Organism or GMO's. They never were, currently are not and probably will never be. You have no need to worry when you buy a single pack of seeds. A seed pack stamped Non-GMO is no different than a seed pack not stamped Non-GMO. If you like the reassurance, that is cool, just know what you are paying for via the stamp.


The Rusted Garden: The Truth About GMO's


The term GMO is basically used to define a genetically engineered organism created in a laboratory in a way Nature could not create it.  Why is this important? It is important because hybrids are not GMO's by the above definition. However, genetic material is modified naturally in Nature. The term modified is misleading and confusing, GMO's should really be called GEO's or Genetically Engineered Organisms when a process is done Nature can't do and it is engineered in a laboratory.

Nature can create hybrids because hybridizing is nothing more than taking pollen from one plant variety and crossing it to another variety. The plants must be compatible for hybrids to work. I can, you can, bees or other insects can make hybrids. It is 100% safe and normal and it is Nature at work. Genetic material, again, gets modified by Nature. Genetic modification is not bad.

GMO's (though they should be called GEO's) take DNA or genetic material from any source and in some cases blast it into the DNA of another source. GMO's are made in many different ways, again in laboratories. This isn't good or bad. It is science, you may or may not agree with it but it important to understand laboratory GMO's are not found in the $2 pack of seeds you buy. They are, however, in the food you sometimes eat.

So don't worry.  GMO's are huge money makers and there are only about a dozen or two GMO vegetables out there.  You have to buy them in larger quantities that easily costs thousands  and thousands of dollars, you have to sign contracts to manage the seeds, you can't package and resell the seeds and you have to be a larger scale farm.

So... GMO is a bad term because it confuses people  A hybrid is taking pollen (natural and normal genetic material) from one plant and crossing it with another plant's natural and normal genetic material. Tomato to tomato. Pepper to pepper. Melons to melons. Roses to roses and the most famous reindeer of all is Pea to Pea.  Look up Gregor Mendel as he is the scientist and geneticist that worked on pea hybrids and cross pollination. Taking pollen and crossing it, does genetically modify the plant in a safe and normal way. That is what confuses people.  Plant hybridizers copy the way Nature does it. Hybrids are not the above definition of laboratory GMO's.


The Rusted Garden: The Truth About GMO's


Hybrids work by taking pollen and crossing it, as mentioned. The first generation of seeds, from the initial cross pollination, will have mixed characteristics (genetic material) from both varieties. Those seeds when planted, will give you the 'new' variety with crossed characteristics from both plants. In a sense their genetic material was modified.

In (very) brief, the new variety is not a stable cultivar, so when you save the second generation of seeds you won't get (100% of the time) the plant from which you saved the seeds. Hybridizers spend years continuing generations of the 'crossing' to get a stable cultivar. A stable cultivar means when you save the seeds of a tomato and plant those seeds, you get the same variety of tomato. Seeds after seeds, year after year, you get the same variety and characteristics. The plant is stable and called true to form. You always get the true form of the plant from which you saved the seeds.

Heirlooms are stable vegetables/cultivars. You always get the same type of plant and characteristics when you save and plant the seeds. Heirlooms are basically plant varieties/seeds (depending on what definition you use) that have been around 25, 50, 75 or even 100 years.  They are old and stable plant varieties but the definition on the number of years varies. In some case old original hybrids that were made and stabilized in the 1950's are considered heirlooms today.

The summary... Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) are genetically modified in a lab in a way Nature can not do it. They should be called Genetically Engineered Organisms (GEO's). Hybrids are made by crossing pollen or genetic material in a way that mimics Nature and it is a natural process. People just take the randomness out of it.  Heirlooms are old and stable varieties of vegetables and flowers.


Cheers,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)


My 'Grow As I Grow' Collection:



 Sow Perfect Seeder



I just set up a new Amazon Shop that holds many of the products I used in my 2018 YT videos. The shop is a great way to consolidate the items you see in my videos and that I use, in one place. You no longer have to click links all over the place in different videos, you can now go directly to my: The Rusted Garden Amazon Influencer Shop . Products that show up in my 2019 videos, will be placed in this shop.




Subscribe to my YouTube Channel The Rusted Garden
Over 800 Garden Videos Designed to Quickly Present Information!
Please support The Rusted Garden - Thanks!

By using these Amazon links, any purchase you make returns a % of sales back to TRG. I turn most of that back into the garden and videos. Greatly Appreciated! - Gary (TRG)

The Rusted Garden Amazon Direct Link
Seed Starting Supplies:
Garden Fertilizers:
Amazon General Search Page:

14 comments:

  1. I visited your blog for the first time and just been your fan. I Will be back often to check up on new stuff you post!
    Kids

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you for sharing this kind of blog. It will be very helpful to me..Combining the two qualities of two seeds of different varieties. I’m so exciting.. I’m pretty sure that when you use Sprinkler System Installation it will help also to you to produce more seeds in your yards.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I read the article 15 tips on growing tomatoes it definately will help with my 2019 garden. I learned alot.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Learning as I go, I attempted to start an ubove ground garden. Used miracle grow garden amendments. Planed on adding ground soil( I live on the gulf coast). I had to leave for 2 months so nothing was added, but a dear friend planted my tomatoe and pepper starts. Is there anyway to correct?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Macrons are delicious and aromatic bakery items. They are available in various beautiful colours. Hence, their packaging should be attractive and brightly colourful. french macaron boxes fulfil this requirement. These boxes are created specifically for macrons to provide them with a marvellous outer look and reasonable inner care.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I would highly recommend Le_ meridian funding services to any person in need financial help and they will keep you on top of high directories for any further needs. Once again I commend yourself and your staff for extraordinary service and customer service, as this is a great asset to your company and a pleasant experience to customers such as myself. Wishing you all the best for the future.Le meridian funding service is best way to get an easy loan,here is there email..lfdsloans@lemeridianfds.com Or talk to Mr Benjamin On WhatsApp Via_+1-989-394-3740 Thank You for helping me with loan once again in my sincerely heart I'm forever grateful.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is a really good read for me. Thanks for posting this informative article.
    Check out the best mail order nurseries to order fruit trees online.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Get computer networks assignment help service to meet the high expectations of your professors. We at My Assignment Help have highly qualified experts from computer network engineering backgrounds who are assigned these computer networking assignments to ensure maximum grades. Our team of computer networking engineers offers top quality computer network assignment help to students seeking assistance to resolve their term work or projects.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Get Assignment Help Service From Professionals. With assignment help experts at My Assignment Help, 100% Plagiarism free content is guaranteed to customers. Our Writings are unique and written from scratch. We hire only most talented and expert writers and tutors. By choosing our assignment help experts services you will always score high grades in your assignments and get a perfect paper which will meet your expectations. 24x7 online support.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Get the best Accounting Homework Help from our accounting experts. Our professionals aim to provide best possible Online Homework Help for school level, College level and university level students. Urgenthomework is the one of the best online assignment service portal that provides quality Accounting Homework Help and Accounting Assignment Help. Also do check our marketing homework help. you're at the right place if you need Marketing Homework Help, Marketing Assignment Help and this is where you will find the answers to all your queries related to marketing.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hello,

    I have a question, is the diy driq box supposed to get warm? I'm worried mine is getting too hot.

    Thanks very much,
    Emma-Jane

    ReplyDelete
  12. Your garden decoration ideas are very amazing. I like your blog. We also providing home decoration services in UAE. We offer huge variety of artificial grass dubai.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. Makam Bayrağı Olta Bayrak Direk Bayrağı Bayrak Üretimi İzmir Bayrak Satışı İzmir. Many say exploration is part of our destiny, but it’s actually our duty to future generations www.izmirbayrak.gen.tr and their quest to ensure the survival of the human species.

    ReplyDelete

Visit The Rusted Garden's YouTube Video Channel
Follow The Rusted Garden on Pinterest