There Are New Details About the Plane Crash That Triggered a Military Response...
Trump Pollster Doesn't Have Great News for Trump
You Know Liberal America Is Going to Weaponize What This Sheriff Said About...
Kirby Weighs in on Report About Biden Family's Foreign Income. There's Just One...
Why One Democrat Says the Biden Admin Has Done a Good Job Preventing...
Gun Control Activists Finally Admit What the Movement Really Wants
Lululemon CEO Who Fired Workers After Confronting Thieves Addresses Backlash
Shark Tank Star Explains How Target Saga Will Lead to a 'Complete Change'...
To Ronna, No Plan Is the Plan
'What a Joke': CNN Political Analyst Got Something Very Wrong About Nikki Haley
The Choice: Criminals Behind Bars or Laundry Detergent Behind Glass
MN School District Hosted ‘Gender Resource Fair’ Knowing It Would Cause Backlash, Document...
Annual LGBT Celebration at Disney World Helps Debunk 'Don't Say Gay' Lies About...
Former UPenn Swimmer Reveals Disturbing Details About Competing With Lia Thomas
Oops: KJP Inadvertently Makes Conservatives' Case on the Biden Border Crisis

The Drought, and GMO Crops

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of

As anyone knows, we have had very little rain this year. At the end of this week, the market will get the official USDA estimates of what the corn crop looks like. Private estimates will be available during the week.

Right now, the numbers I am hearing are around 122 bushels per acre. That’s woefully short.

A thought occurred to me though. Some seed companies ($MON) have been working on Genetically Modified seed, or GMO seed. Seed companies have genetically modified seed to grow differently, ripen at different times, and have pesticide and bug resistance. They also have been creating seed that can grow with very little water.

Droughts were at the top of their list when creating this type of seed. The fact is, fresh water is a precious resource in the world, and the less we need for crops mean the more we can have for animals and people.

I checked on Twitter and tried to find tweets about GMO corn and the drought. The engineered seed won’t be released until 2013. It is only in experimental fields this year. Frankly, any seed, heirloom or engineered would have a tough time growing when there isn’t a drop of rain!

The folks against GMO seed released an article though and tweeted it out. They are pushing the story that breeding and better farm practices are what’s needed to protect crops from drought and keep yields up.

How is breeding any different than GMO?

I don’t have dog in the fight. I support both kinds of farming, and think everything ought to be clearly labeled. The FDA prohibits huge industries from being formed through bad regulation. Clearly, they are limiting competition and job creation.

I don’t think GMO crops cause cancer or anything like that. I doubt seriously any big commodity crop we have today in any field resembles the crops we had at the turn of the century. Cross pollination, nature, forced breeding, and science have taken care of that.

When the new Monsanto seed is planted broadly in 2013, I hope we don’t have to see a drought like this years to see if it works.

Join the conversation as a VIP Member


Trending on Townhall Video