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Brian Scott


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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: Gmos are not healthy and we dont want them on our food. Can you find something else ?

Answered By Brian Scott - Feb 26, 2014

A: That's a very good question for me as a farmer who raises GM crops. If the market creates so much demand for something other than the GM corn and soybeans that I'm growing, then I'm sure farmers like me will choose to grow something else. But if you believe foods made with these crops aren't safe, then you have plenty of other options. Certified organic products are out there and are labeled so consumers can know they are buying foods raised under a certain set of rules for production. Voluntary non-GMO labels can be found as well. If people want to avoid GMO foods, then they can seek out the [...]

GMO Basics GMOs & Farmers Health & Safety


Q: Are big companies are forcing farmers to grow GMOs? -- Submitted as Part of GMO Answers Top Consumer Questions Survey --

Answered By Brian Scott - Apr 01, 2014

A: None of the seed companies force farmers like me to buy any particular product. Salespeople might push the latest and greatest, but since every farm operates a little bit differently from the next one, seed choice is very important. All the companies that sell GMO seed also have many non-GMO varieties available. I can buy any seed from any vendor I choose from one year to the next. Just because I bought Monsanto, Pioneer or Syngenta seeds one year doesn’t mean I have to buy seed from any one of them the following year. Farmers do sign technology use agreements in relation to patented products [...]

GMOs & Farmers


Q: How to Avoid GMO Popcorn

By Brian Scott - Oct 03, 2014

A: Originally posted at The Farmer's Life blog.    Avoiding the consumption of genetically modified, or GMO, popcorn is very easy.  All anyone needs to do is eat popcorn.  Simple as can be.  As this post is written (August 2014) there is no GMO popcorn on store shelves nor is there any available for farmers to grow. I raise popcorn for Weaver Popcorn, and they currently have no plans to explore any biotech traits. I’m not even aware of anyone working on a GMO popcorn (remember popcorn is different from field corn, waxy corn and sweet corn) [...]

Corn Not GMOs


Q: What is the progress in the development of tolerant GMO plants with double resistance (for example: plants with two genes, one that confers resistance to glyphosate and a second one for conferring resistance to any other pesticide?I have thought about it.

Answered By Brian Scott - Dec 03, 2014

A: This is an excellent and timely question.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has just recently deregulated Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist traits for corn and soybeans.  The Enlist system consists of crops with herbicide tolerance for both glyphosate and 2,4-D. Cotton will also get this treatment.  Enlist Duo herbicide will accompany the crops as a premixed formulation of the two herbicides with a reformulated 2,4-D Dow calls 2,4-D Choline with Colex-D technology.  This formulation greatly reduces the signature odor of conventional 2,4-D and risk of off target mo [...]

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