We grow GMO corn.
Yes, that’s right – corn that has been genetically modified. That stuff that so many activist groups and people claim is so bad and so dangerous and making everyone sick. We grow that stuff.
All of our corn has two genetically engineered traits. The first one makes it resistant to the herbicide Round-Up. The second causes it to produce the Bt protein.
We choose Round-Up Ready corn because we are better able to keep the fields free from weeds. That eliminates competition for the corn plants, so they can get as much sunlight, water, and nutrients as possible. We are able to grow more corn on the same amount of land than before we started using GMOs. Bonus: we actually end up using less herbicides now than we did in the past with better results.
We choose the Bt protein because it helps protect the corn from certain types of worms. Worms love corn, but when they chow down, they also hurt our yields. When the plant produces the Bt protein, worms die off before feasting because they are unable to digest it. Since we have started using GMOs, we have not sprayed insecticide on our corn.
Of course, people are concerned about the safety of these crops. We worry, too. But GMOs are the most heavily regulated and studied crops in the world. Scientific consensus, from over 2,000 studies, is that GMOs are just as safe as their non-GMO counterparts. The National Institute of Science agrees.
So, yes, we grow GMO corn. Because it helps our farm be more efficient and profitable. Because it lowers our farm’s impact on the environment. Because it allows us to produce safe, quality corn.