Anti-GMO Groups Hurting Farmers

Anti-GMO Groups Hurting Farmers

Anti-GMO Groups Hurting Farmers

SC TIMES

/ June 1, 2016 /

Groups like the Center for Food Safety, Babes Against Biotech and Hawaii SEED try to scare the public and legislators into thinking agricultural technology tools, like GMOs and pesticides, are unsafe

When it comes to Hawaii, many Minnesotans may think “vacation.” In 2015, over 130,000 residents of the North Star State came to visit our islands. Our states are connected through the land as well. In the grocery store, Minnesotans will see Hawaiian produce like pineapple or papayas. In the fields, Minnesota farmers are planting corn seeds from Hawaii.

The Aloha State’s largest agricultural commodity is the seed crop but the future of that industry — and Minnesota corn by extension — is facing some foul weather.

“Seed crops” are the plants that grow the seeds that in turn are planted on farms across the country. Hawaii’s unique climate allows seed companies to plant throughout the year, which significantly speeds up the process of developing new seeds.

Visit: http://www.sctimes.com/story/opinion/2016/06/01/anti-gmo-groups-hurting-farmers/85189128/ to read the full article.

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