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Nov 13

I confess, I planted GMOs

I’m certified organic now but when I was conventional, I grew GMO corn varieties the first year they were available.

Lodged corn is very frustrating to harvest.  Harvest speed is slowed significantly and field losses are increased.  I’ve sat in the seat trying to harvest lodged corn.  You’re trying to strike a balance between putting the snouts of the header into the ground and lifting the lodged stalks up with the point of the snout.  You get to watch a lot of perfectly good corn slip out of the combine head and onto the ground.  The one year I grew BT corn, I grew it side by side with the identical variety, minus the BT gene.  It wasn’t a particularly bad year for lodging but the difference was noticeable just looking at the crop as we pulled in with the combine.  I understand completely why farmers grow BT varieties.

Harry Stoddart, Real Dirt: An Ex-Industrial Farmer’s Guide to Sustainable Eating, 2012.

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