Organic certification, Hybrid vs. GMO’s and our tomato varieties:
At this time we do not know of any tomato seeds being sold anywhere that have been “genetically modified”. Our organic certification prohibits us from using any GMO seeds of any vegetable variety. We also make every effort possible to locate organic seeds for our tomatoes, herbs and vegetables. Most of our other plants, such as fruit trees and berries, are certified organically grown from our very reputable sources.
There is much confusion about the difference between Hybrid tomato plants, hybrid vegetable varieties and GMO varieties. Although many of our tomato plants are “Hybrid” varieties, which means they are cross bred by a “Mother” tomato and a “Father” tomato (by the birds and bees method) so that the best traits of each are preserved, this does not mean they are GMO and they are completely safe to grow and eat. Click our certificate to enlarge for printing.
Genetically modified seeds of soybeans and corn are being made by altering the actual DNA of the plant and producing seeds from that plant. This is done in special laboratories to change the plant characteristics to resist diseases or insects hoping to reduce our dependence on pesticides. This modification is marketed primarily to large commercial farms wanting to use less toxic materials to kill pests such as corn earworms.
Although this is a commendable venture, we aren’t sure this is the best way to go about it. Also, if a food source for a particular insect is eliminated, and therefore that insect population starves to death, the next one on the food chain may starve and on up or on down until our environment is detrimentally affected by the loss of a species, which may be as simple as a common bacteria, necessary for our survival. Also, “Roundup Ready” soybeans actually allows for more herbicide spraying, not less, which completely negates the argument for GMO’s.
Our approach to gardening is to only kill what is absolutely necessary to prevent serious damage in the garden using the least toxic method to other species of insects and fish. Keeping bees and fish healthy and happy keeps us healthy too. Although it is unlikely that genetic modifications would affect the eater of the product, the environmental effects are still very uncertain at this time