GMO vs. Hybrid Vs. Heirloom Vegetables – Know Before You Grow

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Understanding the terminology used in reference to seeds will ensure you get exactly what you want. For instance, the differences between GMO and hybrid seeds revolve around science. Add heirloom seeds to the mix and the differences become even more unknown, albeit with a more natural genesis. Basic Definitions of Heirloom, Hybrid & GMO Farmers and home growers have many different seed choices. The selections depend upon many factors such as pest and disease resistance, variety, and origin concerns. Knowing which type is best for you will often hinge upon a true understanding of the definitions of the various types of seed. What Does Heirloom Mean? Heirloom seeds are the ones our grandparents grew. They may be hundreds of years or decades old. These varieties are making a comeback, supplanting the hybrid seeds that became popular in this century. Many gardeners feel heirloom seeds are more “natural” than hybrid or […]

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