Already planning garden choices for this summer's garden. How funny we are. We just yanked the last of the pumpkins out of the root cellar and canned them during the Thanksgiving holiday and now we are already dreaming of what will be planted where.
In this edition is a great article called "GMOs: Is the End Near?" by Jeffrey M. Smith. This article brings up how the herbicide-tolerant GMOs "drinks poison, and how corn and cotton varieties are engineered to produce their own." He shares in the article how the newly inserted genes product Bt-toxin which breaks open the stomach of insets and kills them. But the insects have now morphed into another strain; as Smith says, the bugs "took a lesson from the weeds and are now developing resistance to the Bt corn and cotton plants." Are we raising "Terminator" hoppers?
I had read somewhere, gosh I wish I could remember the source, that if 20% of gardeners requested/demanded heirloom seeds, the market would agree to ramp up the non-GMO market.
Also, Baker Creek also offers a magazine called, "Heirloom Gardener." A GREAT subscription and read. It has given us a description of astrican apples. Anyone hear of them or know where we may obtain? Amish...any help here? When we lived in another part of the state, we had an astrican tree...the apples were unbelievable. More eating, though than canning but does make a nice pie. It has a Russian heritage.