April, 20 2016

(The Pantagraph) Students Talk To Students About GMOs

Students Talk To Students About GMOs
Lenore Sobota
The Pantagraph

Members of Illinois State University’s Collegiate Farm Bureau reached out to fellow students Monday with information about agriculture in general and genetically modified organisms in particular.

“A lot of people just aren’t informed,” said senior Hailey Hoegger, an agricultural business and landscape management major from Odell who was handing out information and talking to fellow students. “This is the future.”

It was hard to miss the group. A large green-and-yellow John Deere tractor from the ISU Farm was parked next to their information table.

And senior Ben Ficek of LaSalle, an agricultural business and agronomy management major, attracted a lot of attention posing for selfie pictures while dressed as a mascot-style smiling ear of corn known as Captain Cornelius.

But while there were fun and games — free can coozies decorated with corn and a guess-the-number-of-kernels contest — there was a serious side, too.

Ben Marks , a junior in agricultural business from Orland Park, said the goal of the day and of the Collegiate Farm Bureau is to “educate and advocate for agriculture.”

Next to a display of two containers — one filled with non-GMO corn, the other with GMO corn — Marks said there is no difference in physical appearance, but the GMO corn has many differences in practice.

When farmers plant GMO corn, he said, “they use less pesticides, use less water, use less fuel and produce more crop per acre.”

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