Grow a Non-GMO Garden!

Living Non GMO – April 18, 2019

As the gardening and growing seasons get underway across North America, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choices. Rolling racks the height of NBA players dominate nurseries and garden centers, offering limitless options to the bewildered beginning gardener. If you’re looking to grow a non-GMO garden this season, here are some tips from the Non-GMO Project’s resident green thumb to set you up for success.

Which crops could be GMOs?

While GMOs are unfortunately commonplace in North America, the good news is that there are only a few commercially-available GMO crops. The high-risk GMO crops are AlfalfaCanolaCornCottonPapayaSoySugar beetYellow summer squash / zucchini, and Potato. You may notice that these are largely commodity crops; most home gardeners do not grow canola or sugar beets.

When farmers choose to grow GMO crops, they have to sign technology use contracts with companies like Bayer or Dow. These contracts include restrictive rules for how farmers may use those seeds. This is bad news for farmers and researchers who want access to these seeds, but it also means that it would be very hard for an unwitting consumer to accidentally purchase GMO seeds or GMO garden starts.

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Growing a Non-GMO Garden