As many are beginning to take interest in buying seeds in order to secure their future, there is confusion as to what type of seed to buy. With the different varieties available such as genetically modified (GMO), non-genetically modified (Non-GMO), and heirloom seeds, it is no wonder why there is such confusion.
In a survival situation, finding the right type of seeds that will offer vitamins and food security with recurring harvests will be of great importance for long term survival.
Food Security in Seeds
All seeds are good to have in order to grow food. However, there are certain types that are preferred seed varieties because they are better at sustaining long term survival. That being said, if a person is purchasing seeds for food security, then the seeds purchased should be heirloom open-pollinated or non-hybrid (non-GMO) quality.
Heirloom or Open Pollinated Seeds (Non-GMO)
Heirloom seed varities are an open pollinated seed developed before 1940. These type of seeds are bred for their flavor and not their durability while being shipped. Additionally, these types of seeds will produce fertile seeds that can be saved for subsequent growing seasons. This is the preferred seed variety that preppers and survivalists are storing as one of their long term survival items. These seeds are the ones that will continually produce viable seeds.
Genetically Modified Seeds (GMO)
Seeds from a genetically modified variety are a hybrid of two separate varieties that have different genetic make up from it’s parent plant. As the plant matures, the seeds produced from the plant will either be sterile, or start to revert back to the parent plants. Furthermore, the seeds that have been genetically modified have been so to be disease resistant, insect resistant, and drought resistant is some cases. However, these type of seeds are not good choices because while the seed is created a pesticide known as bacillus thuringiensis or BT, is created inside it in order to keep insects away. The reasoning behind this idea was to create more plentiful crops. The problem is that the finished product is a seed that holds pesticides inside it that will kill off any insects (even the beneficial insects). These are not the best choices for survival seeds due to the BT pesticide and the seed that is produced from the mature plant will be sterile.
Long term survival encompasses items that will sustain a person or family for years. MRE’s, canned goods and dehydrated food can only get a person so far. If a person has a sustainable way to create food for years to come, then they have the necessary survival insurance that can keep them alive and healthy for the long haul.