Monday, August 08, 2011

All Organic and Heirloom Seeds

The gardens we have planted in the past have all been organic but this is the first summer we have used heirloom seeds. I am happy to know that not only are the foods we are growing chemical free but the seeds we use have not been altered in a laboratory by scientist trying to come up with the super fruit. God made seeds perfectly just the way they are!

Here are some reasons you should use heirloom seeds:

*Hybrid seeds are produced through cross-pollination, the mixing of plants of two different breeds for a specific reason, such as bigger fruit, a different look, etc. But the problem with hybrid seeds is you won't be able to harvest further seeds from the fruit they produce.

*Commercial growers, interested in the bottom line, only want those vegetables that produce a large yield. That means fewer types of vegetable available at the supermarket.

*Hybrids have been developed to produce vegetables that can travel long distances without bruising or spoiling. The downside of these vegetables is they have less taste and nutrition. Heirloom seeds will provide you with vegetables that taste the way they are supposed to.

*Not satisfied with what hybrids can produce, agriculture is now turning to genetically modified organisms, also known as GMOs. Breeders are now splicing the DNA of different plants (or just about anything else they see fit) with the vegetables we eat, hoping to "improve" the food. But it's not necessarily safe.

*In a recent study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, researchers have found that genetically modified corn is linked to organ damage in rats. The damage occurred in the kidney and liver functions of the rats, two major diet detoxification organs. There was also effects on the heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells of the rats.

*By growing food from heirloom plants, you help ensure a healthier lifestyle.

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