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Enjoying Sweet Corn Grown a Better Way

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Summer is in full swing – the kids are off school and days slowly fade into warm nights. One of our favorite tell-tale signs of summer is fresh sweet corn. Whether you’re enjoying summer picnics, barbecues or just a quiet dinner at home, sweet corn is a tasty and healthy addition to any meal. It has fiber and antioxidants that studies suggest may help reduce the risk of cancer, signs of aging and inflammation.

Not all corn can be enjoyed right off the cob like sweet corn. In fact, 99 percent of corn grown in the United States is field corn – not the type you’d like to eat fresh off the cob. Field corn is primarily used for livestock feed, ethanol production, manufactured goods and occasionally corn starch and oil. The difference between sweet corn and field corn lies with the plants’ conversion of sugar to starch. Sweet corn is harvested earlier – while the kernels are moist and sugary – and is considered a vegetable instead of a grain.

As you likely know, sweet corn is part of the Monsanto Vegetable Seeds product line up, and one of our employees’ favorites, too. Our genetically modified (GM) sweet corn helps farmers produce a crop that doesn’t need as many insecticide applications as traditional varieties. It has a built-in, naturally occurring Bt protein that acts as a protectant against damaging insects.

Our sweet corn has helped farmers reduce insecticide applications by as much as 85 percent. That means farmers use less fuel and energy by taking fewer tractor trips across their fields. It also helps farmers produce sweet corn in areas where insects previously made it impractical.

So next time you visit your local farmer’s market or grocery store, be sure to pick up some sweet corn. You can enjoy it in so many different ways: plain on the cob, in a soup or casserole, or mixed into a zesty salsa. If you’re looking for new ways to try classic sweet corn, consider making one of these Monsanto employee recipes:


6 Responses to "Enjoying Sweet Corn Grown a Better Way"

  1. My cousins, Mark and Danny Day, in southeast Arkansas planted the Monsanto Seminis Obsession II sweet corn this year.

    Mark said, “That is the best sweet corn I ever put in my mouth. Very little if any worm damage. Someone told me out of 100 ears they found 3 worms on the tip of ear. Did not spray. Great corn!!!”

    My mother got 175 ears from his harvest and I’ll get some of that when I visit next month. Mark and Danny also donate some of their harvest to the local churches.

    I’m proud to have been a member of the Monsanto team responsible for this great product.


  2. You can detect GM food and non GM through simple NIR (near infrared) sensors. This way those who want GM can eat GM those who don’t don’t



    It is not about safe/not safe. If I don’t want to eat snails I am entitled to know what I am eating.

    If the president of a food company is pedophile, I am also entitled to boycott the food. Or sponsor the food in the reverse situation.

    Safe/not safe is not the only revelant point for the right to know.

    • Fred,
      I’m pretty sure that scanner is complete baloney.

      Also, telling you “gmo” actually does NOT tell you what you are eating, since GM is a method and not a substance.

    • If the genetic engineering causes the plant to make more Bt insecticide, how will that detector work? I think some folks are thinking it will have a display that flashes GMO. Considering the tousands of compounds that out food is comprised of, it is hard to imaginge how that little hand-held sensor will point out a specific compound.

  3. Most of our corn in Africa is eaten as mature corn i.e maize grain. It may be roasted, cooked or boiled or ground into flour. Raw corn is most popular as animal feed, even then as maize bran. it would be a big innovation if Africa could also look at corn as a source of fuel. i.e ethanol. The question would be, how much land would it need, given the ever increasing scarcity of land.


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