I am a huge fan of watermelons. Truth be told, I can probably eat half of it in a jiffy. They are refreshing, filling, delicious, nutritionally beneficial, and so much more (I am referring to watermelons that are full of seeds). No, I don’t like seedless watermelons. Growing up in Europe, I never even heard of seedless watermelons. I am glad we didn’t have the choice because seedless watermelons just don’t have the same smell and taste as the ones full of seeds. (Here you can find NON-GMO, NON-Hybrid, ALL-NATURAL, seeds). Additionally, seedless watermelons can be dangerous to your health.
SO, how did seedless watermelons enter the food arena? Is a seedless watermelon GMO? Are they natural or did they appear as a result of human intervention?
Are Seedless Watermelons GMO?
The first seedless watermelon was created 50 years ago. Seedless watermelon is grown two ways. The first way is that breeders use genetic tricks to produce them. Usually watermelons are diploid, meaning they have two sets of 11 chromosomes. Seedless watermelon is a triploid because they have 3 sets of chromosomes and are sterile. In order to produce seedless watermelons, a diploid watermelon is pollinated by a tetraploid (4 chromosomes) watermelon. In the process of reproduction, the new watermelon gets one chromosome from the diploid parent and two from the tetraploid which makes it triploid. Since the triploids have three sets, the eggs inside the watermelon are never formed and thus, seeds don’t grow.
The second way to grow seedless watermelon is by using a drug called Colchicine, a chromosome-altering chemical. This US drug is toxic (though people have been using it for the treatment of rheumatism and gout without FDA approval). Colchicine changes the chromosome number in the seeds from 2 to 4. After which, the seeds are pollinated with the natural 2 chromosome watermelon. The product – a genetically modified watermelon with 3 chromosomes.
SO, both processes can be described as genetically modified. The second way to produce seedless watermelon is far more dangerous. I can only assumed it is used more often to produce seedless watermelons as it is more cost and time effective.
You might ask, what about organic seedless watermelons? Well, I don’t think that there is such a thing. Yes, it has been probably grown organically, but chemicals were used to alter the seeds. Thus, even certified organic melons are genetically modified food.
The Dangers of Genetically altered food to your health
Consuming genetically modified/altered food is slowly poisoning your body. It leads to accelerated aging, organ damage, reproductive disruption, immune dysfunction and insulin disorders.
Many studies have proven the connection between GM foods and several major health problems. Research has demonstrated that thousands of animals who consumed genetically modified food died while animals who ate a non-GM version of the same crop had a much longer mortality rate. It is a very scary reality!
Unfortunately, it is hard to find a real watermelon in regular stores. You usually have to go to a local farmers market to get them.