Farmers are Shunning GMO Crops
As worrisome concerns increase about consuming and using genetically modified organisms (GMOs), farmers are turning to non-GMO seeds. There are several reasons for this transformation, most of which directly hit the farmer’s wallet.
- When a GMO crop is planted next to a non-GMO crop, there’s a chance that the companion GMO herbicide will inadvertently hit the traditional crop. The accidental spray renders the harvest unable to be sold as a “traditional” or organic crop.
- Corn and soybeans are usually fertilized through pollen in the air. When both kinds of crops are in the same vicinity, it’s next to impossible to prevent cross pollination. Once the non-GMO crop is contaminated with the genetically modified one, it can’t be sold as non-GMO. This creates hardships for the farmer because GMO grains go for a lower price in the market place.
- Finally, famers have been noticing that newly resistant weeds are growing in the fields with GMO plants treated with partner herbicides. If the seed\chemical combination isn’t’ working, it doesn’t make sense to pay more for the GMO seeds.
Selling crops at a lower price than expected, or having crops rejected for containing genetically-modified material significantly impacts farmers’ livelihood.
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References: Consumer protection, GMO
Tags: Corn Growers, GMO