I cannot find any references to whether or not blueberries have been genetically modified. I've bought plants in the past from Lowes and Willis Orchards and now that I want to expand my berry selection I'm obsessing over the GMO question - actually for any of the berry family. I want to grow enough for myself, my chickens (who will pass it on to me :) and possibly sell some. There's lots of articles about growing them organically but even the vendors don't specify whether their plants are "organic" or non-gmo.
I doubt they are gmo. Its still very few plants at this point. Mainly large mono crops. Its not in their interest to develop, say a blackberry, that can be expanded by the owner by replanting suckers. Not a big enuff profit potential. Thats just speculation.
I would search for locally adapted varieties . In Texas i would search TAMU (Texas A and M) for the best varieties. If there's an ag university in your area i would use their data.
One list of GMO crops [in the USA] says "The 10 genetically modified crops available today: alfalfa, apples, canola, corn (field and sweet), cotton, papaya, potatoes, soybeans, squash and sugar beets." Field trials of other crops are happening around the world, but I don't see blueberries or blackberries mentioned in any of the lists google gave me.
This article tells you how to avoid GMO products [in the USA].
I believe the reason a lot of vendors aren't labelling berry cultivars (or other plants) is because the vendor/nursery is not certified by the USDA, and therefore legally can't use the word organic. That's my understanding. What they can say is phrases like chemical free or grown without synthetic pesticides/fungicides and such. I've only ever seen organic seeds, not live plants or trees, but not that they may not exist, I've not seen any.
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Thanks folks! Lots of great info here so I feel better - especially as the more I study nutrition the more committed I am to eating more antioxidants. The Cooperative Extension article is excellent Mike! I hadn't thought about searching the term "biotechnology" so I searched again on NC State Extension service and found good articles there too. And thanks for the GMO list Rebecca. I was also listening to an interview with Dr. Seneff (MIT scientist researching connection between Roundup and Autism and finding connections to a multitude of health problems) who mentioned that sunflowers are being sprayed and causing defects in birds. Many crops that are not grown from GMO seed are sprayed to manipulate the harvest. So I guess the list will continue to grow. It helps to be able to categorize, as some here have said, that so far it's primarily the "field crops" that are being engineered and sprayed. I also need to try harder to find local growers selling heritage cuttings.
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