Hybrid food is highly popular and have existed for years. Your most common foods are cross-bred. Cross-breeding is an ancient tradition not something that is recent and unfamiliar ground. Hybrid is different from GMO. Genetic Modification involves plant DNA being modified in the molecular structure to create a new gene. The new gene can become a plant designed to repel pests which Mosanto has successfully done for eample. Nothing compares to wild harvest foods.
How do you create hybrid food?
Hybrid food creation simply involves cross pollination. Another term is selective breeding. Now there is also controlled breeding. This results in seeds called "F1". You can cross a parent of a lemon and parent of a melon and create a new type of food. (I came across a "lemon drop melon" from Arizona last year) Often foods are crossed within the same species.
Flavors and sweetness is surely not missed in hybrid foods. Hybrid foods are high in starch and sugar. When consumed in large quantities hybrid food presents disadvantages. For instance, the liver and pancreas doesn't recognize hybrid sugar and it stimulates the growth of candida. Though hybrid food carry nutritional value it lacks the vital nutrition that is found in "wild" food that the major organs needs.
One way to tell if you have a hybrid seeds is through germination. Hybrid seeds can't grow in the nature, they can't make another generation. Seeds as we have known, are able to be picked out of the raw food and planted. Hybrid seeds grow the plant once and the seeds found are sterile. Many people, voice strong opposition toward F1 hybrid seeds. On Daughter of the Soil, I enjoy how Resbie F explains hybrid seeds in her blog post "Commercial F1 Hybrids".
When two dissimilar varieties are crossed, the result is a hybrid which will often be bigger, brighter, faster-growing or higher-yielding than either of its parents, which makes for a great selling point. But it’s a one-hit wonder. Subsequent generations don’t have the same vigour or uniformity, and the idea is that you don’t save seed from it, you just throw it away and buy some more. This is bad for the plants, bad for the garden and bad for you, but the seed companies make a packet out of it and gain increasing control of what we buy and grow. Read the Daughter of the Soil entire post here.
There are varities of hybrids, Myer lemons, apples (SweeTango, Honeycrisp), carrots, potatoes, wheat, corn and the list goes on. For example, peppermint, spearmint, Echinacea, St. John's Wort, Goldenseal are just a few hybrid herbs.
It is important to have nutritious food. Organic food is still the best because in being organic you're looking at the soil, fertilizers, pesticides and so forth. In the United States, GMO labels are NOT enforced on products. I encouraged people to start an indoor garden if possible growing heirloom and open-pollinated plants. Your organic garden begins with the seeds. Purchase items that are clearly labeled as NON-GMO. Limit your consumption of hybrid foods replacing them with organic options. Soak your grains and legumes. Increase your raw food consumption of leafy greens and avocados. Above all, learn as much as you can.
We have the responsibility to become knowledgeable.
We have the responsibility to take control of our nutrition.