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Like many of you already know I'm still in school so I havn't started gardening yet but next year I might be able to start. However I know plants like corn can cross pollinate and GMO crap can get into your food!!!!! I would assume a greenhouse would be the only safe way to prevent this issue. Plus with the theory of "chem trails" airplanes dropping chemicals down to block out the sun to decrease global warming OR to kill off non GMO crops to increase demand for GMO crops. Could using some type of netting be acceptable? Has there been any research done? I mainly live in Minnesota and GMO corn and soybeans are mainly the only crops they grow besides hay does anybody know whould any non corn and soy plants be OK?

Granted I'm asking this a year in advance but I really want to start planning for my garden next year :smile: of course money is tight but if I plan ahead and know what plants I intend to plant (that are safe to eat) and how many canning jars I need ect ect I can really start to budget for it and make the best usage of my efforts!

Plus I gotta find sources for seeds or plants ect ect. lol so I guess I do have some work to do... Any advice I want to make sure I get some good quality produce but at the same time I am awful at being able to keep plants alive lol but I figure I would give it a shot and do my best and hope for some success :)

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Preventing cross-pollination is mainly a matter of distance. Distance varies with the size of the pollen. For example, corn, which has large pollen, needs to be about 650 feet from GMO corn to prevent (mostly) cross pollination. Plants with smaller pollen can require half a mile to ensure genetic purity.

You can also choose species or varieties that bloom at significantly different times than the GMO varieties you are close to. You can also use a physical block such as a greenhouse.

You might want to get "Seed to Seed" (March 1, 2002) by Suzanne Ashworth, which has a lot of data and ideas about how to store and preserve seeds and how to prevent genetic contamination. Available at amazon... HERE
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