I know they say don’t count your chickens before they hatch… But of the many things I am looking forward to this summer is a WHOLE BUNCH of sweet corn!! And although it JUST got planted yesterday, I am already making plans about what to do with it. For any of you who know my love/obsession with cream corn know that I will just be in heaven! Needless to say, I was ecstatic over my farmer telling me he bought some to try out! (He’s the best, ain’t he!?)
Here it is…
And here is the planter in action planting that delicious sweet corn… [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6FKb0KgNmc&w=420&h=315]
Now for those of you unfamiliar with sweet corn or haven’t ever tried to grow it may not know that insects LOVE sweet corn. Pretty much if you don’t spray the dickens out of it, the insects will eat it up. Sweet corn makes up less than one percent of total corn acreage in the United States (field corn and sweet corn), yet accounts for 40% of all corn insecticide treatments!
So in knowing this seed companies have put out a new product Bt Sweet Corn! (Enter the corn my farmer so lovingly planted for us). This sweet corn contains a natural occurring protein, Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt, built into the seed through biotechnology. Basically this protein helps to protect the sweet corn from damaging worms and other insects. IN FACT, this protein is often used as an insecticide by organic farmers! WHAT!? Yep, check it out!
So basically, this sweet corn makes it easier for the farmer by first drastically reducing the amount of insecticide needed (reduced insecticide use by up to 85 percent!!), reducing fuel and energy use from fewer trips across the field in spraying, as well as cutting CO2 emissions!
You may be saying, hey wait a minute, this sweet corn is GMO! And you are indeed correct. But there is no need to be afraid of consuming it. In fact, we’ve been consuming it for years with no adverse affects. According to an article put out by Best Food Facts…
” Genetically-engineered foods are rigorously tested before marketing. These tests are designed to ensure there are no adverse effects on human health now or in the future. Sweet corn uses a protein that has been used in agriculture since 1937. Not only does it have a history of safe use, it has been extensively tested by HealthCanada, the European Food Safety Authority, the Korean FDA, Food Standards Australia & New Zealand, & the Japan Food Safety Commission, among others. All reports to the contrary do not hold up under close inspection. There is an abundance of scientific evidence and published research, as well as more than 15 years of experience with GE crops that provide strong evidence of their safety. There is no credible scientific evidence that they cause allergies or that they would have any long-term health effects.”
I am not a biotechnology scientist, nor am I a specialist in any form of bio-technology. But what I do know is that these three are experts in the field of biotechnology, it is what they do day-in and day-out. If I had any concern about genetically engineered foods, these are the people I would be trusting to provide me with the correct information (not the news media, not my green local source for news, and certainly not a celebrity chef).
Anyways, back to my beloved sweet corn! Now that you’ve got a little history on it.. Let’s get onto the fun part! Figuring out what I am going to do with ALL THIS SWEET CORN!? Hoping that it grows and turns out just fine.. I did a little brainstorming… Turns out, there are so many yummy and delicious uses for sweet corn!
And FINALLY… MY FAVORITE!
So needless to say, I am a BIT excited over all of this sweet corn we will be enjoying for the next year!Now all that’s left is for the stuff to grow! GROW BABY GROW!
Are you a sweet corn lover?
For more information on the benefits of Bt Sweet Corn, check out these links: