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 technology use agreements farmers choose to sign 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?
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, a substantial part of the steady yield gains year after year for several decades now has come from b [...]Environment GMO Basics How GMOs Are Made
A: Great question! This is an issue we deal with on our farm. Sometimes corn kernels that dropped before harvest or managed to escape the combine during harvest will sprout the following season. These seeds show up as volunteer or rogue plants in our soybean fields. Not all of our corn is glyphosate tolerant so this is not a concern in some fields. On our farm all of our soybeans are Roundup Ready and obviously any small amount of Round Ready corn left over from the previous season that sprouts won't be killed by a glyphosate application. One solution is to spray the corn with something else. Th [...]GMOs in Groceries Health & Safety How GMOs Are Made
Q: The rise in temperatures due to climate change have had on effect on food production, requiring the crops to have more water. Are there any gmo foods that are able to grow with less water than a normal crop that hasn’t been genetically engineered?
A: Extreme heat, especially without overnight relief, and low soil moisture during pollination are very stressful to corn plants in particular. In 2012, an extreme drought enveloped more than 70 percent of the United States including my own farm, but the crop losses were less than feared due in large part to new traits and improved seeds. The most obvious benefit were seeds that allowed crops to use water more efficiently so they could maintain decent yields with less water. Most of these seeds were developed using breeding, but there was a limited amount of a genetically modified dr [...]Environment GMO Basics Crop protectants
Q: Since Nature has had several million years to modify plants and animals to the most life-sustaining tolerances, on a scale of 1 to 10 what is the level of arrogance required to believe that a non-human entity, ie: corporation, armed with nothing more than
A: First off, I should say I disagree with the premise of the question. Nonhuman entities don’t breed plants and animals for agricultural production. Humans do―plant breeders, scientists, farmers...and the list goes on. Does anyone really think if they walk into an agricultural facility that the only things to be found inside will be dollar bills and lawyers? GMO, conventional or organic plant breeding and research have decades of research and trials behind a product that growers can readily purchase. To the point of whether we can do better than nature, which has sp [...]GMOs & Farmers How GMOs Are Made Crop protectants