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December 8, 2012

This was an early post for the blog, and yet still current in most ways!

Food, Farm, Life Choices

Bulls nose peppers. Mini chocolate bells. Brandywine tomato. These are just a few of the varieties known as heirloom. They’re important as they breed “true” to type, much as purebred livestock.

Plant breeding can be confused and is confused in today’s predominantly non- agricultural world. The plant world is commonly talked of with GMO, hybrid, F1 and other terms. And heirloom. Much as a poodle bred to a poodle will have puppies that look poodle these have a predictable trait base.

GMO everyone surely associates with the “evil Monsanto” but the truth is there are many companies using GMO technology. GMO – Genetically modified Organism – can, technically, be a crossbred. Certainly if your poodle (example) breeds with a great dane the genes of the offspring are modified! More commonly the GMO is the use of a genetic trait to improve a crop, be it more disease resistant,or  prettier (important…

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