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August 1, 2012 / seasidepress

Enjoying your genetically modified corn?

Enjoy your modified corn

Kevlar finds a new use: Protecting tractors from cornstalks…Farmers ride a tractor through their cornfield on July 20, 2012 near Whiteland, Ind. Stalks of genetically modified corn are tough, so tough that they’re puncturing tractor tires. Farmers are fighting back.

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/kevlar-finds-new-use-protecting-tractors-cornstalks

Genetically modified crops are engineered to be tough. It helps them fight off pests, withstand drought.  And it’s a beefed-up-mess, you can see. Their stalks are stiffer and tougher. So when you cut them off to harvest them, it’s like having a field of little spears. Little spears that are stabbing, and bumping and chewing up tractor tires — poor tires.

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