How To Know If Your Seeds Are Genetically Modified

How To Tell If Your Seeds Are Genetically Modified Online:

Non GMO seeds will usually say heirloom or open-pollinated. Even some of the larger companies like Parks Seed have some heirloom seeds and a page in their catalog is dedicated to it. We buy from Seed Savers Exchange or Baker Creek because all of their seeds are open pollinated. If you visit our local farm store in the paragraph below, they will tell you. Even some of the box stores are selling organic seed. Read on the package carefully and it will say open pollinated. The one difficult thing to buy non-GMO is beets. That is why I order those from Baker Creek where they test them to be certain of no cross-pollination. The last thing I want is to be saving seeds that have been patented so we try to be ultra careful.

How To Tell If Your Seeds are Genetically Modified at Local Stores:

If you decide to buy local seeds, go to a farm store and get them to help you with seeds that grow well in your area. Ask for open-pollinated seeds, if possible. Your Agricultural Extension agent will also be glad to answer your questions.

Non-Genetically Modified Seeds That We Buy From Bakers Creek:

Broccoli – Callabrese Sprouting

Squash – Hopi pale gray, Yellow Straight neck, butternut Waltham

Green Beans – Tenderette and greasy grit

Summer Peas – Six weeks, purple hull

Tomatoes – Amish Paste, Roma, Cherokee Purple

Limas – Henderson Bush

Cabbage – Early Jersey Wakefield

Spinach – Giant Noble

Peppers – Cayenne Long Thin, California Wonder, Green Chili, Thai Chili, Purple Beauty, Tabasco

English Peas – Wando,

Peas – Sugar Snap

Okra – Clemson Spineless

We also buy most of our herb seeds here.

Our Local Seed Store:

I buy my collards, turnips, mustard greens and potatoes (Yukon Gold) locally at Hills in Thomasville, NC. They are fantastic folks to deal with and never tire of answering my questions. They also carry chicks, turkeys, guineas, rabbits and on and on. This is a local farm store that is like stepping back into the 1950’s. If you visit them, be sure to allow extra time just to roam around and look at all the toys, animals and plants. They are higher on some things than the local box store, but you really get what you pay for here. I can’t recommend them enough!

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  1. Mark says:

    My wife and I are about to have a baby. I think we will attempt to patent it.

  2. Hybrid vegetable seeds are also Non-GMO as well as all certified organic seed (which can be either heirloom/OP or hybrid). There are not many vegetable GMO seed, sugar beets, sweet corn and a couple of summer squashes. In order to buy GMO seed you have to sign an agreement contract that you will not save seed, only use certain inputs, etc.. places like Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, your local garden center do no sell GMO veggie seeds or plants, period.

    I see mention of seed saving. For pure seed you do need heirloom or OP seeds as well as a way to isolate them from other of the same species (i.e. if you want pure squash seed, for example, you grow only one type of squash per year or grow the types you want in closed houses and hand pollinate or give them a mile of separation. this is also true of peppers, melons, gourds, corn, most grains and mustards). You can even get crossing in self pollinators like tomatoes, lettuce and beans. So as you can see seed saving in a small garden takes a lot of planning and you can’t simply plant OP seed and hope for the best.

    But you can save seed from hybrids, they just won’t all be like the parent, only about 1/3 will.

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  11. Steph says:

    Thanks for this info. I was surprised when you mentioned Hill’s in Thomasville, NC. We go there too and agree that it’s a neat place! I don’t think you mentioned onions, but we’ve been getting our onion sets from Hill’s and they are the Candy Sweet variety. Do you know if they are non-gmo?


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