Difference Between GMO, Hybrid and Heirloom Seeds


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GMO, Hybrid and Heirloom seeds and their differences.

GMO - genetically modified organisms. The seed has been modified on the genetic level. For example, a scientist splices the gene from a puffer fish into a corn seed.

Hybrid - cross pollination between two related species.

Heirloom - pollinated by its own species. Saved seeds will bear true to form.

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One of the issues with GMO is people are not sure how the spliced genes affect humans. Scientist claim GMO are safe for long term consumption.

We know hybrid and heirloom plants are safe to eat, simply because humans have been eating them for thousands of years.