Have you ever wondered or thought about the pros and cons of treated versus untreated corn?
The pros and cons I will be talking about are from regular untreated/unmodified corn versus gmo corn and corn treated with pesticides such as Roundup. Many people such as myself believe there are many downfalls and benefits to different hybrids and or pre-pesticided corn. For example corn with pesticides on it may kill many harmful insects to the corn such as root worms or army worms. But this will cause other non-harmful insects to die because those insects feed and eat from the others. I also know and have read that pesticide corn will survive more because it can stop the insects from eating the kernel before it sprouts out of the ground. This is very vital for farmers because if they have an infestation that they don’t know about they could lose a whole years crop! That is one of the main reasons that there arent very many organic farmers around because they simply couldn’t make a living with such bad years and low profits. There are however many benefits to raising non-pesticided corn or gmo corn. This is because the demand for untreated corn is higher than treated corn and the organic farmers get paid more for it at the elevators which helps with the not so great yields and low produce.
Have you wondered how the pesticide crops kill insects that eat them? This happens through many ways. One way that the plants do this is by the outside chemical covering. Scientist discovered to use this by when farmers were having troubles with there corn never getting up. This was because the seeds were vulnerable before they got up out of the ground and took root growth. Therefore the insects were eating and killing the seeds before the corn had time to take root. Scientist then figured out a solution to put a light dust covering over the corn that would kill the insects if they tried eating them. This highly helped farmers with raising their crops. The downfall of this corn is its also more expensive for the buyer of the chemical corn.