GoGro is dedicated to bringing you the opportunity to buy HEIRLOOM seeds for your garden and vegie beds, instead of the "F1 Hybrids" seeds generally sold at Garden shops these days.
But why is it important to use HEIRLOOM SEEDS and what is the difference between these and other varieties?
First of all, HEIRLOOM SEEDS are open-pollinated and genetically diverse seeds which have been passed down from generation to generation, but they are rapidly being replaced today by 2 other types of seeds which pose a real threat to our food supplies and our health. Therefore, the phasing-out of heirloom seeds may lead to a catastrophe far beyond our imagining.
Its competitors are First generation hybrids (F1 hybrids) which have been hand-pollinated and are patented, often sterile, genetically identical within food types and sold from multi-national seed companies.
All hybrid seeds are of the same hybrid, which causes the first generation of seed from the hybrids planted to be inbred. This is why hybrid seed is generally not saved from subsequent generations and therefore must be purchased anew for each planting. Hybrid seeds are more expensive than normal seeds, due to the technology, time and effort put in to produce them, but they have been deliberately engineered this way, to create 'repeat' business for the multi-nationals. The buyer is forced to keep replacing the plants which creates a dependency on the companies who supply the hybrid seeds. This is not a problem while these seeds are in plentiful supply, but world food shortages are predicted in the not so distant future. What if supermarket shelves were empty and your home vegie/herb garden grown from F1 hybrids seeds had reached its expiry date, so to speak?
By purchasing HEIRLOOM SEEDS for your garden, you have the peace of mind of knowing the plants grown from HEIRLOOM SEEDS can reproduce themselves indefinitely because they haven't been genetically sterilised. They are AS NATURE INTENDED. They are seeds you can depend on.
HEIRLOOM SEEDS provide diversity. For example, there are 10,000 varieties of apples in heirlooms seed varieties, compared to the very few 'F1 hyprid' apple types.
Why is this significant? History holds the answer....
The Irish potato famine, which led to the death or displacement of two and a half million people in the 1840s, is an example of what can happen when farmers rely on only a few plant species as crop cornerstones. One blight wiped out the single potato type the Irish were using.
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The second type of seeds which are steadily replacing HEIRLOOM SEEDS are genetically engineered varieties. These are bio-engineered seeds which are fast contaminating our global seed supply at a ground-roots level and threatening the purity of seeds everywhere. The DNA of these seeds have been genetically mutated. For example, a cold water fish gene could be spliced into a tomato to make the plant more resistant to frost.
While this may seem clever, we do not yet know what the long-term health repercussions are for humans eating these unnatural foods. MONSANTO is the company most well-known for this type of genetic mutation and their stated goal is to completely own the world's food supply.
If you don't like the idea of eating mutated fruit and vegetables that may harm your health, or planting sterile seeds that can't reproduce themselves organically, insist on HEIRLOOM SEEDS for your home vegie/herb gardens and fruit trees.
If the Irish had planted different varieties of potatoes, one type would have most likely resisted the blight and famine would have been averted.
The Mayan word “gene” means “spiral of life” e.g. the genes in heirloom seeds give life to our future. But unless the 100 million backyard gardeners and organic farmers keep these precious seeds alive, they will disappear altogether from the earth. This is truly an instance where one person – a lone gardener in a backyard vegetable garden – can potentially make all the difference in the world.
GoGro provides a complete catalogue of HEIRLOOM SEEDS for your garden. Don't accept anything less for your family and your planet.