To the Editor,
I love farming and everything that comes
with it: the outdoors, the fresh air, corn popping from the soil in rows
across the field. Most of all, I love the people in agriculture and the
work that we accomplish, namely providing a plentiful food supply for
the country. I take issue when we are attacked.
When hearing derogatory words about GMO crops, Popeye’s words come to mind, “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more."
I read over and over again want to “claim” negatives with GMO crops. I
thought it was necessary to get the facts out.
Fact: With GMO
crops we have less insect crop damage and less competition from weeds
which equates to more grain production with GMO crops which results in a
more plentiful and cheaper food supply. Fact: Less herbicide has been
used since the inception of GMO crops. On our farm we use 50 percent
less herbicide on our corn crop than we did before GMO crops. Fact: Less
chemical insecticide is used since the inception of GMO crops. Twenty
years ago almost every corn planter in the country came equipped with
insecticide applicators. Today, virtually all new corn planters do not.
Fact: No one has ever gotten sick from eating a GMO crop. Yes there are
studies out there by rogue “so called” scientists that claim this or
that, but when these “so called” studies are evaluated by other
scientists they cannot be substantiated. They are deemed flawed.
when a big snow storm was predicted, I went to the store to get some
eggs. By the time I got there all of the eggs were gone, or so I
thought. Upon further inspection I found some organic eggs, in fact
quite a few, but they were significantly higher in price. Another of my
favorite sayings came to mind “the early bird gets the worm!” Then I
thought…the saying for this situation should be “the early bird needs
I challenge those of you out there that “run down” GMO
crops to drive every street of Hardin County. You would see that there
are a lot of people out there that struggle financially. They do not
have a lot of money to spend on food. GMO crops ensure a cheaper, safer
and more plentiful food supply for this country. Many of the people that
like to bash GMO crops are fortunate financially and have plenty of
food in their refrigerators. The next time you “GMO bashers” want to
spread unsubstantiated fear among the public and make it more difficult
for farmers to operate, think about local families who depend on
affordable food. FACT: Americans spend a lower percentage of their
income on food than anywhere else in the world. I love being a farmer
and I want to keep the United States as the leader in agriculture.