Illinois Farmer Q&A: Do you grow GMOs? Why or why not?

May 26, 2017

Illinois Farmer Q&A: Do you grow GMOs? Why or why not?

You have questions about farm practices and food labels, and Illinois farmers have those answers. We asked local farmers your questions about GMOs so you can get your answers straight from the source.

Let's talk about what's on your table.

"We do grow GMOs on our farm. We grow GMO corn and soybeans because it is beneficial to our farm in a number of ways, it is sort of a chain reaction."

-Krista Swanson, Oneida, IL

"We grow both GMO corn and non-GMO corn on our farm. Planting GMOs allows us to implement more conservation tillage methods and reduce the use of pesticides, for example we no longer need to plan multiple insecticide applications because the trait to affect targeted insect species is already in the corn. Our non-GMO corn needs to be managed differently and in some cases requires more applications of pesticides. We chose to grow non-GMO because we have access to markets giving us a premium for that product."

-Megan Dwyer, Coal Valley, IL

"We do not grow any GMO crops on our farm. This is not what our customers want to buy."

-Dave Bishop, Atlanta, IL

"We have some crops that are GMO and some are not. We use it as tool in our farming practices."

-Tammy Wakely, Rockford, IL

"We grow GMOs to increase our yields at a lower cost."

-Leonard Shafer, Dixon, IL

"We grow genetically modified corn, soybeans and seed corn on our farm as well as non-gm seed corn. We do this because the benefits of these seed choices are real and substantial. We have decreased our use of pesticides and increased our use of various conservation practices."

-Katie Pratt, Dixon, IL

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