What is the role of large corporations in farming? Do large companies have control over what farmers do?
Agribusiness companies are not in control of what farmers do on their farms. Farmers make their own choices for what is best for their own farms. Farmers are free to choose the seeds they use to grow their crops based on their specific soil type, the local growing environment, market demand, and personal preferences. They can purchase non-GM conventional seeds, GM seeds or organic seeds. Many farmers choose to use GM seeds, however, to reduce crop damage from weeds, diseases and insects, as well as adverse weather conditions such as drought.
Through their own research and by working with certified seed advisors, university extension specialists, and other professional partners, farmers are in an excellent position to select the right type of seed and the proper mix of inputs to best manage their farm for both profit and environmental stewardship.