These days vegetable seeds are not all created equal as you might have thought. In fact, some actually have an altered DNA structure.
You may not think this is a big deal however it is very toxic to the body. These particular seeds have been man made and chemically poisoned. This is passed on through the vegetables you grow or those that you buy.
Be sure you know the difference between the types of vegetable seeds offered before you plant your next garden.
Types of Vegetable Seeds
The best vegetable seeds come to you packed with nutrition that will grow a healthy plant and develop nutrient dense vegetables/fruit. These seeds have not been genetically altered.
“A genetically altered seed is a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal.” www.seedsofdeception.com
This type of seed known as “Roundup Ready,” works to make weed control easier for the grower. However, since GMO (genetically modified organism) crops became prevalent in US agriculture the use of herbicides has actually increased, not decreased as you would have expected.
GMO plants can contaminate neighboring farms through the natural pollination process creating a loss of integrity in seed stocks. This could cause mass destruction of crops naturally developed worldwide over millennia threatening the food supply.
The use of GMO seed is also depleting the soil of vital nutrients so the crops are void of the highest nutrition. Not only that, the strong chemicals that the seed and earth are bathed in are highly toxic and unfamiliar to the body’s digestive process.
In short, DNA manipulation goes against natural law and is extremely unhealthy to the nourishment of humanity. Phil Winteregg from www.organicitsworthit.org states that Certified Organic seed is produced by a certified organic grower, so it has not been exposed to any chemicals throughout the growth in the field, the harvesting of the seed, and processing.
Heirloom Vegetable Seeds
Heirloom seed varieties are those that have been saved and passed down for generations through families and communities throughout the world. Often with a story behind them.
Heirlooms are open pollinated which means that the seeds saved from these plants will be genetically identical to the parent plant. For example, when you plant the prized heirloom tomato Brandywine, let it fruit and dry the seeds for next years garden; you will be creating seed identical to that seed of its parents.
Hybrid Vegetable Seeds
Hybrid, not to be confused with genetically modified (GMO) do not have the same parents but are in the same species. Each has been selected for their particular traits.
Hybrids are bred to offer a solution for different regions. This could result in improved disease resistance, a plant that can tolerate a wetter environment without succumbing to black spot for example.
It could mean higher yields so more vegetables/fruits are produced. The plant and fruit size could be larger or smaller. A plant could be bred to withstand colder or hotter temperatures or for vegetables that are ready sooner.
Color and flavor are also important. You might notice more vegetables becoming sweeter as our addiction to sugar and everything sweet skyrockets.
One disadvantage of hybrid seeds is the inability to save the seed. Instead, hybrid seeds have to be purchased each year. The reason for this is because there are two parents involved and there are many possibilities for outcomes. This means the likelihood of producing a plant exactly the same is very slim.
I actually tried doing this with the Marigold flower which is a hybrid. I was very happy that I dried the seed and this effort would produce beautiful flowers like I had the year prior. While I did have nice colors, the plants nor flowers were uniform. I’m making the assumption that some of the plants might have looked more like the mom and the others like the dad. And the same holds true for the flowers. To say the least it was an unusual bunch of flowers. It was a growing experience and an example of why hybrid seed must be purchased each year.
It’s time to nurture your body, mind and soul with nutrient dense, mineral packed food that you can grow yourself with tender loving care.
Sources for Vegetable Seeds:
Below is a listing of some clean sources of vegetable seeds that I regularly use.
High Mowing Organic Seeds highmowing seeds.com Wolcott, VT
Pinetree Garden Seeds superseeds.com New Gloucester, ME
Johnny’s Selected Seeds johnnyseeds.com Winslow, ME
John Scheepers Kitchen kitchengardenseeds.com Bantam, CT
The Good Seed Catalog rareseeds.com Mansfield, MO
Territorial Seed Company territorialseed.com Cottage Grove, OR
Additional Reading Sources:
Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about Safety of GE Foods You’re Eating. By Jeffrey M. Smith
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth. By Steven Druker
For Viewing (documentary):
Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives. By Jeffrey M. Smith