Greenhouse growers attain GMO-free status - The Packer

Greenhouse growers attain GMO-free status

02/11/2014 11:47:00 AM
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Trojniak echoed Quiring’s comment about the irony of having to prove your produce isn’t genetically modified.

“But it’s something people are interested in, something they want to know,” Trojniak said.

“So as soon as we get done planting, I’m going to start working on getting that certification.”

At JemD Farms, which grows and markets RedSun and GoldenSun brands, there is no intention of exploring “pharmacrops, as they are often referred,” said Harold Paivarinta, director of sales and business development for the Kingsville greenhouse grower-shipper.

“GMO enquiries are the most common through our website and consumer e-mails,” Paivarinta said.

“Most genetically modified seeds have been created to combat pests, drought, and disease. Those issues almost exclusively impact outdoor, field production.”

Piavarinta said modern, high-tech greenhouses with their protected growing environements remove the problems GMOs were created to address.

“We don’t require genetically modified seeds. Our seeds are created through the centuries-old practice of grafting,” Paivarinta said.

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