Farmers Return To Conventional Seeds For Crops
While an increasing number of states and retailers are looking to pass GMO labeling laws, planting genetically modified corn, soybeans, and cotton remains the norm among North American farmers. Seed makers claim that of modified – or treated – crops resist pests and disease, reducing the need for expensive herbicides and pesticides. In pockets across the nation, however, farmers who once championed GMO seeds are complaining that they no longer deliver on those claims. Some are reverting back to conventional seeds for their commodities crops. Elizabeth Royte is a contributor for Fern, The Food and Environment Reporting Network. Her article, “The Post GMO-Economy” is featured in the winter issue of Modern Farmer.