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Sun May 13, 2012, 09:12 PM

Monsanto WISHES it could make corn this cool

By Jess Zimmerman


“Glass Gem” corn looks almost CGI, but it actually comes out of the ground that way. It’s the product of a small farm and a retro, handcrafted approach to agriculture — “genetic modification” from back when genetic modification meant painstaking generations of selective breeding.

The corn was grown at Seeds Trust, a small family-owned Arizona seed company that’s committed to sustainable agriculture. Seeds Trust’s seeds are mostly open-pollinated, non-hybrid crops (thoroughly checked for contamination by GMO pollen), which they say is better for sustainable agriculture. The Glass Gem seeds were just brought in for babysitting, according to Seeds Trust president Bill McDorman:

Seedsman Greg Schoen got the seed from Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee man, now in his 80s, in Oklahoma. He was Greg’s “corn-teacher”. Greg was in the process of moving last year and wanted someone else to store and protect some of his seeds. He left samples of several corn varieties, including glass gem. I grew out a small handful this past summer just to see. The rest, as they say is history. I got so excited, I posted a picture on Facebook. We have never seen anything like this.

Of course, like most of us, Glass Gem corn looks better when moodily lit, but in the light of day it’s still pretty fly:

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Reply Monsanto WISHES it could make corn this cool (Original post)
n2doc May 2012 OP
Zalatix May 2012 #1
Systematic Chaos May 2012 #2
LadyHawkAZ May 2012 #3
slackmaster May 2012 #19
gateley May 2012 #4
bluestate10 May 2012 #23
surrealAmerican May 2012 #5
knitter4democracy May 2012 #7
Sanity Claws May 2012 #6
leftyohiolib May 2012 #8
Electric Monk May 2012 #9
Liberal_in_LA May 2012 #10
sakabatou May 2012 #11
BrownianNotion May 2012 #12
sakabatou May 2012 #16
dixiegrrrrl May 2012 #17
LadyHawkAZ May 2012 #20
Kalidurga May 2012 #13
azurnoir May 2012 #14
midnight May 2012 #15
Odin2005 May 2012 #18
druidity33 May 2012 #21
Luminous Animal May 2012 #24
raouldukelives May 2012 #22

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 09:14 PM

1. What is the nutritional value of this type of corn, compared to maiz and other types of corn?

 

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 09:15 PM

2. Frozen corn on the cob from the grocery store ain't got shit on this!

I wonder if it tastes as good as it looks?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 09:19 PM

3. Is it edible or display?

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Response to LadyHawkAZ (Reply #3)

Mon May 14, 2012, 01:04 PM

19. All corn is edible if you dry it and grind it into meal.

 

That would make interesting cornmeal.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 09:20 PM

4. I wouldn't want to eat it -- just look at it! Beautiful!! nt

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Response to gateley (Reply #4)

Mon May 14, 2012, 11:05 PM

23. Yep.

Would be a darn shame to put butter on one of those beauties.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 09:24 PM

5. Quite pretty, but ...

... is this sweet corn, field corn or popcorn?

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #5)

Sun May 13, 2012, 10:03 PM

7. Field corn. There is a popcorn version.

My store has it, and they get it from a local Amish farm. Good stuff.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 09:56 PM

6. Beautiful!

This corn is beautiful. I wonder what it tastes like. Even if it doesn't taste great, I'd still grow it for decorative purposes.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 10:05 PM

8. make a rainbow in it and i'm sold

 

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 10:26 PM

10. +1000

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:05 PM

11. WTF?

I wouldn't buy that! That's too unnatural.

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #11)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:09 PM

12. Probably more natural than the all Yellow stuff

There's no GMO on this, and making corn all yellow took a lot of effort and selective breeding. The natural wild corn was not all yellow before being domesticated, I think.

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Response to BrownianNotion (Reply #12)

Mon May 14, 2012, 12:19 AM

16. Yes but... it's unsettling..

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #11)

Mon May 14, 2012, 11:55 AM

17. Colored corn is not only natural, it is thousands of years old.

Used to be, colored corn of any design was called "Indian corn"
check out the images on Goolge..there are too many for me to download and post.
Just go to Google images and type in "Indian Corn"



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Response to sakabatou (Reply #11)

Mon May 14, 2012, 01:13 PM

20. Looks yummy to me

if they'd had seeds available, I'd have bought some.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:21 PM

13. That's pretty

makes a pretty neat desktop background

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 11:52 PM

14. gorgeous corn

will be looking for seeds for next year, we already grow ruby red this is even better

thanks

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 12:09 AM

15. That is an amazing piece of food... Glad to know this seed company is protecting it from Monsanto...

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 12:37 PM

18. WANT!!!

And I'm somebody who supports GMOs (but not Monsanto).

Frickin' cool!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 10:48 PM

21. link?

How old is this article?



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Response to druidity33 (Reply #21)

Mon May 14, 2012, 11:13 PM

24. A couple of years but Seed Trust is still in business...

http://secure.seedstrust.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=115

Though, it looks like they don't sell seed corn from this particular variety.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 11:05 PM

22. Bling on the cob. Beautiful! nt

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