What’s the Portion of GMO vs. Non-GMO Crops Grown in North Carolina?
Question: There is a lot of controversy about GMO seeds, crops and food these days. As a small organic farmer, I notice around me many farmers growing this seed and crop, mainly silage. What is the portion of North Carolina farmers who are growing GMO-related crops versus the ones who grow non-GMO, organic and biodynamically produced crops?
I imagine some farmers may be growing, in some cases, a mix of GMO and non-GMO crops. Not sure if that distinction is easily discernible in your researching this answer, but that would also be helpful to know as a profile of our state. – Trey Scott, Mountain Meadows Farm, Leicester, N.C.
With regard to field crops and GMO prevalence, North Carolina is very similar to the rest of the U.S. and other major grain and cotton producers (e.g. Brazil).
– Dr. Blake Brown, Hugh C. Kiger Professor and Extension Economist, Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University