For those of us accustomed to buying traditional organic produce, the term seedless raises many eyebrows. I recall as a child my grandmother or neighbors having gardens in their yards. Now growing up I can understand the need for certain things to now be mass produced to meet market needs. Yet when is it ok to change genetics of the foods we ingest?
I used to simply check the fruits and veggies, make sure the price was accurate and place in my shopping cart. Some months ago, I started noticing certain stores that started to bring in seedless produce. It may have been one item like grapes, then later melons. Now the more I frequent the grocery stores, the more I see a grand variety of seedless fruits on the shelves with big advertisements.
Even if you don't understand the different ways food is grown and handled, I still find it strange to say organic and then say seedless in the same sentence. How is it that, as long as organic soil is used, genetic mutations of the seeds, are all still considered as "organic"? Do I really need to buy hybrid produce to feed my family?
This topic has opened many heated discussions across the world. The fact that this touchy technique has been going on since the mid 90's is unbelievable to me. I try have a open mind. I seek to understand the concept, the vision, the process of these changes and afterward make informed decisions based on optimal health. Families have been eating facsimiles foods for years unbeknownst to them. Now there's several studies on how safe or "safer" these products are compared to mother nature. One farmer tried hard to convince me to buy seedless, explaining to me how each bite is undisturbed by seeds. How seedless produce can be sold at a higher price than naturally seeded produce. Wait a minute, it's expensive enough to purchase "organic", now I could be charged more for "organically modified" produce? Isn't it odd if you have to purchase new seeds and pollinator seeds for planting each time, because your seeds from last harvest couldn't reproduce by themselves?
Don't get me wrong, I love technological advancements, but why can't we respect nature? How is that the science was to change to make of the food instead of focusing on other dynamics in farming like cleaning or safer pesticides. Better grasslands to plant crops and feed the animals that are intended for consumption. And cleaner water supplies. It's not the technology that I frown upon, it's the hushed way it was introduced. I have been a product of my environment, eating sugary snacks, greasy good, and down right unhealthy items. Yet as I got older and learned, most times the hard way. That these things have consequences on my body.
My biggest concern is choices. We are supposed to be able to choose what and how we sustain our families. If I'm expecting to be purchasing and consuming organic items, there shouldn't be guess work involved. The defining of Organics was primarily in having clear labels to inform consumers of the how their food was grown and processed. More conscious farmers are needed along with the consumers to take a stand so that organic can be organic with no loopholes.