The following is an excerpt of an article and video on the WTAJ-TV website discussing how GMO seeds have helped local farmers.
AG Progress Days is an opportunity for vendors and producers to all come together and show the advancements in agriculture but what I've learned today is that it's equally important to get the community involved.
TA Seeds is based in Jersey Shore, Pa., and it's participated with AG Progress Days for about 35 years. For over three decades its seen the growth and advancements for genetic modification. But Taylor Doebler, owner of TA Seeds, said the label has come with a downfall.
"Misinformation out there is hurting everybody when it comes to what GMOs are about," Doebler said. You have the traditional or conventional seed, and others modified with man-made proteins. Those additives fight off pests that can infect crops. "GMO and other products are tools in a farmer's or producers toolbox," Doebler said.
The modification protects the corn that cows eat, which produce your milk and beef. Having more options available for producers is what Congressman Glenn Thompson said keeps the industry competitive. "It makes it a fair fight for our farmers," Thompson said. And keeps local companies afloat.
"It helps them to have more money in the pockets of farmers and farm families at the end of the day," Thompson said. But modifications come with a steeper price tag. The retail value can be up to 60% more than conventional seeds. Ultimately Doebler said breaking down each option helps the community better understand the industry.
"Talk to people and explain to them where their food comes from," Doebler said.