May
25

Tomato Plant Update #2

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HeirloomGrape TomatoesWe’ve got  tomatoes! Lots and lots of tomatoes!  Hard to believe.  I planted only 25 seeds for grape tomatoes.  Some of the plants are over 7 feet tall with little yellow flowers and tomato clusters everywhere. 

It’s so rewarding to see the fruit of my labor materialize and know these tomatoes don’t have any pesticides on them.  That was my biggest concern with growing my own as opposed to buying from the store. (Check out my post on Dr. Mercola’s method of washing pesticides off vegetables and fruit.)

Because the seeds I planted  are “heirloom seeds”, they are not genetically modified  (Non-GMO). The only difference I notice  between these and store bought tomatoes, is that the  skin is not as thick, which might be the only difference between GMO and Non-GMO, as far as I can see. 

I do remember reading  an article years ago about how scientists were trying to develop a way to produce “disease resistant” fruit  and vegetables.  By crossing  the  genetic material of an apple and a peach, for example, they were trying to produce a product that was  resistant to plant diseases. The peach would take on characteristics of the apple (a tougher skin). I thought this was a great idea because of all the fruit and vegetables at the supermarket, not that many years ago,  being marked with black and brown spots which made them look inedible,  though some of the damage  might have been due to  weather conditions, handling,  packing and shipping  and not necessarily from plant disease.

I notice that most, if not all of the produce  on supermarket counters  these days,  looks  almost perfect., a  big difference from years ago when I was a child.  I think the scientists intentions were good, to produce a higher quality product.  As far as the effect of GMO (genetically modified organisms) on the body when the plant is digested, I am studying everything I can find on the subject and will report what I think about it all, in another post, in the near future.

 

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