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supply because we feel compelled to protect, support, and preserve our seed heritage.

Heirloom/Heritage Seeds

Heirloom/heritage seeds were introduced 98 or more years ago—before the artificial cross‐pollination of hybrid seeds and the lab creation of transgenic/GE seeds.  Heirloom seeds have been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds or thousands of years; have diverse flavors, textures, colors, shapes, and sizes; produce offspring that have the same physical and biochemical characteristics of their parents (true to type).

Hybrid Seeds

The word hybrid was rare in the English language before 1850.  It comes from the Greek stem hybri‐, which means "defiance of nature."  In the 1920s, maize (corn) became the first hybrid seed.  The process involved artificially pollinating the female flowers with pollen from a different male line.  In doing so, farmers became dependent on the seed companies because hybrid seeds cannot be saved to sow the next year since they are not true to type and would produce unknown results.

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