Heirloom Tomatoes and Monsanto: Maybe Not the Most Natural Hybrid

Heirloom seeds are awesome, right? They produce tastier, more varied vegetables and have been handed down for generations because they are particularly suited to local growing conditions.  Civil Eats points out  Scientific American's recent article attempting to debunk these beliefs.  Could it be that heirloom seeds actually lack genetic diversity compared to hybrids?

Even a gardener with a black thumb, like myself, will see that statement about heirlooms only setting two fruits as a wild exaggeration. And of course anything ripened on the vine is going to taste better than something picked green, gassed with ethylene, and transported by truck. That’s a given, so why do we need Monsanto to transform heirloom tomatoes into something that can stand up to such treatment?

Read the full article here.

Tags: Biodiversity, Diversity, Engineering, Food, Garden, Genetic, Health, Monsanto, Vegetable

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