This year we are noticing an interesting trend in our seed catalogs.
In our more commercial ones we are noticing quite a few little stars next to certain veggies (particularly summer squash.) Why are those stars there? Are they really good?
They look really good, without exception these seeds have amazing descriptions, diseases resistances, tolerance to bugs, and overall amazing qualities! But wait? These stared seeds cannot be shipped to Vermont, Maine, or Canada.
Want to venture a guess why?
In 2005 Vermont passed a bill that holds seed manufacturers liable for the impacts of genetically modified genes.
If the seed manufacturers felt that GMO seeds were really harmless than what would be the problem? The problem is that we don't know what they will do in 100 years or 200 years? We don't even know what they are doing now!
I guess the point is be sure your farmer knows what varieties they are buying. It used to be that most GMOs were corn, soybean, canola, and (most recently) sugar beets. But now more and more veggie seeds are GMO.
Know your farmer so you can know your food. And remember there is no requirement to label GMO food, so if it is important you need to know your food.