DailyDirt: Rediscovering Heirloom Plants

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It turns out that many Americans aren't paying much attention to the ongoing battle over labeling genetically modified foods. A recent survey by researchers at Rutgers University found that half of Americans know very little or nothing at all about GM foods, while a quarter have never even heard of them. Furthermore, they found that many Americans are also confused about what types of GM foods are on the market. Meanwhile, heirloom fruits, vegetables, and grains are gaining popularity. These are plants that have been grown and passed down from one generation to another -- some for more than 100 years -- often selected for their superior flavor, as well as other characteristics such as productivity, hardiness, and adaptability. If you want to avoid GM foods, why not spend some time rediscovering heirloom varieties? Here are a few links to get you started. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: biotech, bread, food, genetically modified foods, glass gem corn, gmo, grain, heirloom corn, heirloom varieties, plants, seeds, svalbard global seed vault


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Nov 2013 @ 6:21pm

    I hate GM supporters

    They always think the debate is you being a moron, and that you just can't understand the "genius" behind GM food, when its not at all about the science. I understand the science behind it perfectly, but I refuse to support copyrighting our food supply to a few world monopolies. Considering the damage patents and copyright maximalists have had on simple things like books, moving pictures, and sound, pardon me for not trusting them with the basics of life like food and water.

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