Someone please buy our toxic GMO corn.
Those rumors about leaky gut intestinal problems are lies!
Please help Mega-Agro Corp CEOs make more money.
"China's quality watchdog...."
Must be the same China watchdog that keeps rejecting dogfood,
toothpaste, etc, knowing the US doesn't mind buying that kinda toxic
crap for its own chemically saturated citizens. ;)
Actually, we have non gmo corn in the U.S. One example here:
I think the big companies like Pioneer and Monsanto have them also.
They are probably varieties for food grade products. There is some
debate about the advantages of gm vs. non gm.
One advantage is gm versions can cut down on insecticide use. They
can also allow better weed control as with Roundup Ready soybeans.
Roundup Ready soybeans used to have a small yield disadvantage compared
to non Roundup Ready. I don't know if that's still the case.
It comes down to $$$ as with most things. Farmers are businessmen
in jeans and t shirts.
One suggestion would be for city, town, suburban types to let
their lawns go natural. City folk use about ten times the chemicals per
acre on their lawns as farmers do on their fields.
Search terms: farmer vs. homeowner, per acre use of pesticides
We'll return to pulling weeds by hand.
Unemployment rolls will drop to zero.
Six months on unemployment and you're automatically sent to
a farm somewhere for weed pulling duty.
Utopia will finally be realized.
So, you see, GMO seeds are not just a good thing,
they are the solution to everything.
Well, 2,4-D has been around since WWII. More here:
You'll note that the U.S. EPA and its counterpart in the EU approve
of 2,4-D use. The article mentions the half life of 2,4-D being sixteen
days. Farmers won't be using it that close to harvest.
As an aside, seed corn companies do spray the seed corn plants to
kill them off for harvest. They use salt water.
Bright, young versions of Frank will find something else
probably. Crop rotation, along with pesticide rotation, can help.
My memory goes back to the 1960s before GMO and modern pesticides.
Farmers spent a lot of time tilling their fields.
It wasn't unusual for them to work the soil six or eight times to raise
a crop. Keeping weeds under control in soybeans was just a dream.
Soybeans didn't tolerate chemicals well.
I spend my summers in crop fields. Fields nowadays are largely weed
free. That wasn't the case 20 years ago or so. Even the best farmers
had a lot of weeds in the fields as the summer wore on.
The weeds would, of course, suck up nutrients and water intended for the
RoundupReady makes a soybean/corn rotation more practical. A farmer
can no till soybeans directly into the previous year's corn stalks. They
wait a few weeks then spray the soybeans with Roundup to kill the weeds.
That's it until harvest.
Soybeans are legumes. They will leave behind about 45 pounds of
nitrogen for the next year's corn crop to use.
The Wikepedia article also mentions the most common uses for 2,4-D.
The second one listed is no till burn down. That would be done before
planting or sowing the crop.
There is food grade and feed grade corn. A bit here from Cargill:
They mention that the corn is conventionally bred.
This is from an outfit called Andersons Grain.
They use rail cars dedicated to food grade corn.
Food grade and feed grade could interbreed if left to nature. I
guess the food grade producers use isolation rows in the fields around
the actual crop they sell. The isolation rows are destroyed if they
follow the same practices seed corn companies do.
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