Brian Scott is a farmer in northwest Indiana with his dad and grandpa on 2,300 acres of land, where they raise corn, soybeans, popcorn, and wheat. Scott is a Purdue Ag Alumni with a Bachelor’s degree in Soil and Crop Management, and his current passion is precision agriculture. His family employs biotechnology, and because it is a hot topic, he advocates for it openly. Through his blog and guest articles on other sites such as CNN’s Eatocracy, he writes about the specifics of his contract with Monsanto and debunks myths about how farmers are “slaves” to big corporations.
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Q: Why do you claim that GM Crops will improve crop yields when in truth the long term affect is much lower crop yields, also gm crops encourage Mono-culture which depletes the soils from all its goodness and makes the soil eventually unusable?
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 4:48 pm
Answered By: Brian Scott, Farmer, Tuesday, 8/13/2013 4:04 pm
A: I’m a corn and soybean farmer from Indiana with experience raising biotech crops. I like to say that transgenic traits don’t directly increase yield. Not yet, anyway. There are currently no traits that have the effect of saying, “Okay, corn plant. Your potential was 200 bu/A, but now, with this gene, it will be 225 bu/A.” Biotech doesn’t work that way. The yield potential of a particular variety is pretty much all in the breeding of the plant. For corn... Continue Reading
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