My Farmer Planted Some Sweet Corn!

I know they say don’t count your chickens before they hatch… But of the many things I have to look forward to when I return to North Dakota, one of them 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 creamed 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…

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… dun, dun, dun… Monsanto ** shields herself from environmentalists ** 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. 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! http://www.bt.ucsd.edu/organic_farming.html

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! Who would have thought that “Big Ag” giant Monsanto would be helping farmers preserve the environment and natural resources on their farms!? And on top of it all, despite what you may be reading and/or seeing lately, it is SAFE.

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 that is what they have to say. Much like people trust my father at Chico Locker & Sausage Co. Inc. would be your go-to for meat industry issues, these people are the ones we should be using to get information regarding pertinent issues with our food system. (Note: People of California, please read their section regarding labeling these foods as well!)  ** STEPPING OFF MY SOAP BOX ** http://www.bestfoodfacts.org/main/food_for_thought/0/116

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!

Grilled Flank Steak topped with Corn Relish

Corn Chowder with Chilies

Corn Fritters

Garden Corn & Black Bean Salad

Fresh Corn Risotto with Wild Rice and Pancetta

Grilled Corn Guacamole

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

And FINALLY… MY FAVORITE!

Creamed Corn

So needless to say, I am a BIT excited over all of this sweet corn we will be enjoying for the next year! Stay tuned for updates on how it’s doing and what my farmer has needed to do (or not needed to do) in order to grow this stuff! And if you’re lucky enough, maybe you two will be able to indulge in the sweet corn goodness with us too! I see a HOMECANNED sweet corn/creamed corn giveaway in our future….

And of course, thank you to my farmer and Rohrich Farms for being oh-so-good to me as well as all they do: working hard to help feed the rest of us! Please check out their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/rohrichfarms to follow along on their day-to-day activities! And if you’d also like to follow along two other farmers on their journeys with planting this sweet corn, check out my dear friend Val Wagner of Wag’n Tales as well as Cheryl Day with her post on AgWeb

For more information on the benefits of Bt Sweet Corn, check out these links:

http://www.monsanto.com/products/Pages/benefits-of-sweet-corn.aspx

http://www.monsanto.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/Sweet%20Corn-Grown%20a%20Better%20Way.pdf

And two blogposts regarding the issues facing Bt Sweet Corn, these are MUST READS:

How Sweet It Is: Monsanto’s Bt Sweet Corn

Bt Sweet Corn: What It Is and Why Should We Use It?

Now all that’s left is for the stuff to grow! GROW BABY GROW! And pray for rain for us, will you!?

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11 responses to “My Farmer Planted Some Sweet Corn!

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Jenny! One thing people might say is that insecticide applied over the top of sweet corn can be washed off or that it is on the husk and not the ear itself. This is true, but it is also why so many applications are needed since the bugs can in the husk as well.

    Can’t wash the Bt protein off the biotech corn you say? Well you would have to eat a impossible amount of corn before you ingested a toxic level.

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  5. Would you think that if I have concerns about smoking and tobacco use and second hand smoke I should get my answers from Phillips Morris, or maybe the cigar shop? That’s your logic. I dare you to post this! It seems you don’t publish any comments against your view. That shows an extremely biased view.

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment. I don’t believe Phillip Morris to be considered an expert in the field of smoking and second hand smoke. I do however believe them to be an expert in marketing. Regardless of the logic, I am celebrating a product that I know the people who sold it to us, I know many people who work for the company, I watched it grow, I know exactly what went into growing it, I even picked some of the finished product. And I have full confidence in eating it. As do many farmers across the nation who are also sharing their story. And that’s all I am doing here so I’m sorry if you took it another way or couldn’t get over my personal stance. I invite you to please ask me what you wish so we can have a conversation. But if you are simply going to criticize me or demean me this isn’t the place. Thanks.

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