March 26, 2009

seagulls scavenging in the transgenic corn stalks

If you have been following my bog since I began in November, you may recall my posts about the neighbour's transgenic corn next door, that was harvested in early winter after a couple of snowfalls (and melts). Very little wildlife has come by to eat the remnants, the geese are feeding elsewhere, but this past few days the field has been full of squawking gulls. They rise and fall together, one giant swarm in the wind over the sea of stubble. I walked in there this morning and it is full of corn husks and kernels.


Isabelle said...

This could be used as an argument in favour of vertical farming. Those gulls are going to fly over who knows how many fields in the area and deposit their droppings. Over time could this not contaminate the entire area? "Food" for thought ...

anne said...

This might be a good argument for independent studies on the toxicity of transgenic food and the right to farm without. As it stands now coexistence means those of us unwilling to participate in transgenic agriculture have to put up with contamination. Obviously growing corn is not an option for me.
I expect that yes, corn is contaminated with gmos throughout the area.
Instead of the cost, infrastructure and sterility of "bubble" agriculture, I think we should hold the polluters accountable.