Guest Editorial: GE Crops Under Attack

John R. Block

The Honorable John R. Block

I remember as a boy hoeing weeds in our corn fields and pulling weeds in the bean fields. I recall the plant damage that our corn suffered from root worms and corn bore. Along came biotechnology and genetically engineered seeds. The weeds are gone and the corn stands straight and strong.

We have been successfully utilizing this remarkable technology to increase our farming efficiency and productivity for nearly 20 years. We have 60 million acres of GE corn and soybeans in the U.S. today. Countries all over the world are ramping up their use of genetic engineering to increase yield.

Environmental groups can’t stand to see modern agriculture prosper. They would like for us to farm as we did when I was a boy.

Listen to Secretary Block’s Weekly Commentary:

Until next week, I am John Block in Washington.

John Block served as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture from 1981-1986. He is Senior Policy Advisor in the law firm of Olsson, Frank, and Weeda in Washington, D.C.

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