GMO vs. GE - What's the Difference?
March 01, 2013 at 3:41 PM
We recently received a letter from The Chas. C. Hart Seed Co. concerning the term GMO (genetically modified organism). You know what I’m talking about - I’m pretty sure Larry and I are not the only ones to have signed petitions against GMO salmon and for proper labeling of GMO foods over the past few years.
But the folks at Hart’s point out that most of us are using the term "GMO" incorrectly. A genetically modified organism is, broadly speaking, any living thing that has different DNA than its parents. What we really need to be concerned about are GEs - genetically engineered seeds, crops, fish and hormones. According to Hart’s:
“These are created in a laboratory. In genetically engineered plants, the ‘mating’ process is completely bypassed and often the DNA introduced is from a completely unrelated organism such as a bacterial pesticide or herbicide resistant protein (this is called a transgenic crop). These plants do not occur in nature…”
So are we just splitting hairs here? Does the distinction really matter? Well, traditional plant breeding is a process in which hybrid plants are created by fertilizing the flower of one parent plant with the pollen of another to develop certain desirable traits. Think yellow tulips, early tomatoes, fragrant tea roses and disease-resistant peas. There is nothing scary about hybrids, but technically speaking, they are genetically modified. As are all domesticated plants that were once wild. As, point out the folks at Hart’s, are you and I!
There is a big difference between developing an early bi-color corn via traditional plant breeding and creating a freakishly fast growing “frankenfish” or RoundUp-resistant soybeans (genetic engineering). Although all are technically genetically modified organisms, we don’t want to relegate folks practicing traditional hybridization to the same category as those trying to outwit Mother Nature in ways that could have dire consequences for all of us.
Here at Verdura, our position is simple: we do not use genetically engineered seeds, period. Nor do we knowingly buy products from companies that engage in genetic engineering. And while the jury may still be out on just how safe genetically engineered food is, we believe it should be labeled so that consumers are informed and can make their own choices. While we tend to favor heirloom (non-hybridized) varieties here for their flavor, colorful history and genetic diversity, we do not have any issue with growing hybrid plants, so long as they are not GEs.
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