Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Another catalogue...

We got a new catalog this week that is very much geared for very large growers, their descriptions actually come out and say what they are, for example:

Justice III - Zucchini - "A medium dark hybrid with powdery mildew resistance plus transgenic resistance to ZWMV, WMV, and CMV. Highly productive on vigorous bush plants."

WOW! I thought most veggies were still safe.

Remember this winter produce stickers have numbers on them. The five digit numbers that start with 9 are clearly organic. However, four digit numbers indicate conventionally grown produce. And apparently a five digit number beginning with an 8, reveals that the produce has been Genetically Modified in some way.

Possible GMO produce includes: corn, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa sprouts, zucchini and yellow squash. In addition to the ones we know are widely GMO: field corn, soybeans, canola, and (in 2009) sugar beets.

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