The growing discussion about GMO presence in our food chain has become a platform for anti-agriculture propaganda. As a young farmer and agriculturist, I have a desire to share my experience and knowledge on this topic.
What is a GMO?
Biotechnology is a form of science where living organisms are used to modify, improve or develop a desired result in another living organism. Examples of biotechnology include: bread, cheese, wine, beer, and ethanol.
There are eight crops that contain herbicide tolerance and insect and disease resistant GMOs in the U.S.: corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash.
Future (waiting approval) examples of GMOs include: vitamin A enhanced rice, high carotene mustard seed oil, vitamin A enhanced cassava, enriched sweet potatoes, edible vaccines and many more.
Why do I plant GMOs?
My family and I plant seeds that contain GMOs because we care about the environment, our health and safety and our economic sustainability. Each year we have a choice to plant conventional, non-GMO, seed to meet our needs to grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa. We choose varieties with GMOs, which are $50/acre more expensive, because the technology provides us with a product that meets all of our environmental, safety and profit considerations.
The fact is, farming is a risky business and we have to make investments that minimize the risk.
Just like buying insurance, we invest in crop technologies. However, GMOs are better than insurance because they enhance the benefits of the performance and grain quality upon harvest. We plant GMOs because we couldn’t achieve our environmental, social and economic goals without them.
Why do I sell GMOs?
For the past six years, I have spent over 15,000 hours selling and promoting the sale of seed containing a GMO. Why? Because our products are enhanced by a well-tested and proven technology that provides economic and environmental benefits to our direct and indirect customers. In addition, it has given me a great opportunity to earn a competitive wage, engage with world-class leaders and work with farmers to feed the world. I sell GMOs because I believe in the people and products that are improved by them.
Why you should support GMO technology?
I’m asking for your support and advocacy of GMO technology. GMOs directly impact the future of agriculture and our capacity to improve the environment, meet social standards and ensure economic stability. You should support GMOs because they are scientifically-proven to be sustainable, while enhancing our lives and those of future generations to come.