Tips on Selecting Your Seeds

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2 thoughts on “Tips on Selecting Your Seeds

    Dawn said:
    January 10, 2016 at 14:16

    When buying seed, there is never a “Guarantee” that seed is what it says it is. So, if I would order seed from a great source which offers organic, heirloom, open pollinated seed, and I am a seed saver myself, what if, (unknowingly to both parties) this seed was a gmo (this scenario may seem outrageous, just curious), and as a seed saver I saved this seed year after year, first of all, is it possible to save a gmo seed ??? Does gmo seed stay true if it saved year after year.
    So, in simple terms, can a GMO seed be saved year after year, and does it stay true, or can it change year after year depending on what it is pollinated with ????

      The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener responded:
      January 10, 2016 at 15:42

      Hi Dawn. Most reputable seed companies have some form of testing to ensure there are no GMOs. GMOs will only occur in a limited amount of vegetables that are grown. The companies test the seed as it is a patent infringement if the biotech company found out that a seed has GMO remains in it, and the seed company could be sued. For the backyard gardener the only seed to even possibly be concerned about would be sweet corn. You could save GMO seeds if you got them somehow, but due to the fact they are patent, and it would be against the law. There are some GMO seeds termed “terminator” seeds. Which means a farmer grows them, theyd have to sell them back to the company they bought them from to go through a chemical treatment to allow the seed to germinate again. Without the treatment they will not germinate. If you grow sweet corn, and are near a big ag farm, and you save your sweet corn to replant next year, you likely will have some form of GMO corn as corn is air pollinated up to many miles away. Hope this answers your question. Thanks.

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