Concerned About GMOs in Organic Seedless Fruits?

With summer in full swing, organic seedless watermelons and organic seedless grapes start cropping up in our produce displays. For those accustomed to more traditional organic produce, the term “seedless” often triggers a spontaneous knee jerk reaction. How can a traditionally grown organic fruit or vegetable end up without seeds? The only seemingly logical explanation conjures images of genetic modification ripped from the pages of a science fiction novel. Imagine seeds wired to machines that pump them full of strange DNA, their internal structures warping as GMOs course through their unsuspecting hulls.

Thankfully, growing seedless fruits doesn’t necessarily involve Genetically Modified Organisms, but rather, careful plant selection and breeding to achieve the desired results:

Seedless Grapes: Seedless Grapes aren’t the product of some mad scientist who grew tired of spitting out grape pits. Seedless grapes are actually the result of a natural genetic mutation that left an otherwise normal grape without a seed. The flower itself still undergoes pollination and fertilization, but the seed simply stops growing a few weeks after it develops.

Seedless Watermelon: The production of seedless watermelon involves the cross breeding of watermelons with differing numbers of chromosomes. In order to grow a virtually seedless watermelon, a tetraploid watermelon (4 sets of chromosomes) pollinates a diploid watermelon (2 sets of chromosomes).

After reproduction, the resulting watermelons will contain 3 sets of chromosomes, making them sterile. The sterile watermelons, known as triploids, produce very few, tiny seeds that are then used in the cultivation of successive seedless watermelons (the triploid seeds must be pollinated by a diploid watermelon in order to germinate).

In the strictest sense, the type of breeding used to create and stimulate the growth of otherwise sterile watermelons could be defined as “genetic modification.” However, the production of seedless watermelons does not involve the introduction of genetic material from entirely different animals or plants to achieve results. Seedless watermelons aren’t injected with DNA obtained from fish, tomatoes or other decidedly “un-watermelon” sources that would make them unnatural.

So the next time you stop by our stores and find yourself scrutinizing a seedless grape or watermelon, remember, a lack of seeds doesn’t mean an abundance of GMOs or other scary modifications. Rest assured that we’ve done our research and remain committed to providing the finest organic produce around!

 

Note: All information courtesy of Albert’s Organics.

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11 responses to “Concerned About GMOs in Organic Seedless Fruits?

  1. I read your article and you explained grapes and watermelon but how about the myriad of other fruits & vegetables that are seedless? Abnormality in the plant world is not as regular or commonplace as the number of fruits & vegetables being sold in organic stores today. Seeds may maybe a little inconvenient sometimes but the soft casing around them are usually nutritious.
    Furthermore, I feel the term “organic” (as oppose to other labels such as natural, etc, etc), means keeping it real and true to the original species in every way.

  2. Seedless organic is the most ridiculous term I’ve heard. Natural fruit always always goes with seeds. I saw organic seedless grape today in a store in Toronto and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Obviously – organic does NOT mean natural.

  3. somehow eating sterile fruit that is barren of life force somehow sounds unappetizing to me. seedless fruit, seedless people.

  4. thanks for the explanation, now can you explain why the seedless watermelon taste like crap? they have a weird rubbery texture (like cucumber!). I’ve been overseas, where they have traditional ones, and they are sweet and juicy, the way I remember them from my childhood. I won’t be buying any of these seedless ones, they are a waste of money, and clearly, there is something not right about them.

  5. Rubbish!!! What would be the advantage of breading such a food, to whos benefit? Is it the monopoly of growing fruits is to be held by dictators?

  6. Georgann E. Putintsev

    When you get seedless grapes that are the size of a walnut, how is that natural? I’m still skeptical of non-seed bearing fruits and vegetables. The nutritional value must also be measured, not just the size or the ease of seedless. If we also eat something that is seedless or abnormal, doesn’t that also mean we take on the attributes of what we eat? Sterility and impotence comes to mind. Hence all the Viagra like ads to compensate for the hidden deficiencies that exist in what we eat.
    With all our technology, we should be able to have food testing machines that can tell us what viruses, bacteria’s, toxins’ as well as, what nutritional values exist and what’s the caloric intake. Almost like a “new” kitchen appliance that’s hooked up to a database that ensures healthy food.

  7. I totally agree with the first comment! Please give us real fruits back!

  8. I think that explanation is a lot of bunk. Organic means natural not modified in any way. What reason other than the introduction of nonorganic foods into the organic food supply could there possibly be? People who want natural organic foods don’t want it tampered with in any way. Don’t try to pull the wool over true organically produced foods versus those modified by man. Organic is organic and don’t believe a word these shysters tell you they are trying to introduce GMO foods as organic in subtle crafty ways. If its supposed to have seeds then it should have seeds. GMO is not just about modified foods its about preventing people from growing their own food from seed. They want total control of the food supply that’s what seedless is all about.

  9. You haven’t posted my original comment yet so I have submitted it once more.

    I think that explanation is a lot of bunk. Organic means natural not modified in any way. What reason other than the introduction of nonorganic foods into the organic food supply could there possibly be? People who want natural organic foods don’t want it tampered with in any way. Don’t try to pull the wool over true organically produced foods versus those modified by man. Organic is organic and don’t believe a word these shysters tell you they are trying to introduce GMO foods as organic in subtle crafty ways. If its supposed to have seeds then it should have seeds. GMO is not just about modified foods its about preventing people from growing their own food from seed. They want total control of the food supply that’s what seedless is all about.

  10. Rod,

    We no longer monitor this page because we have moved to our new site and host our blog via our own webpage.

    As for the seedless fruits, there is nothing suspicious or underhanded about the practice of cross-breeding. The same can be said for genetic abnormalities. This is a great article that further explains the distinction between GMO and seedless: http://blog.albertsorganics.com/?p=1826

    Thanks for reading and voicing your opinion!

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