But many have questions where and how their food is grown. I am increasingly aware after traveling to Blogher and visiting with bloggers from across the country that many of you have a lot of questions about organic, conventional, GMO and non-GMO grown crops. I sometimes just pass over those topics because I think there is so much misinformation I don’t know where to start on the truth. And even if my truth is honest it might be misconstrued and twisted and I don’t want that fight in this space. I like peace on the blog. But you may know by now, I am not always the best at keeping the peace.
So, for now, we’re going to keep this simple. All dry bean varieties in the United States are currently non-GMO.
This may lead me into further explaining in another blog post why this is not concerning to me one way or another but to some of you it really matters so I felt it must be shared.
Whether you make chili, refried beans or baked beans with a few cans of beans this fall, remember the farmer behind the can of beans. It’s a family farmer who will be harvesting pinto beans this week most likely as much of edible bean harvest kicks off across North Dakota.
We have one daughter who might have pinto bean farming in her genes. She for now is sticking to tomatoes. And we have another girl who likes cows, not farming or gardening.
Any guesses on who the farm girl is and who is the cow girl?
this is great, katie. like the shot of those bean pods in the field. yay for good crops!
I always enjoy learning about all of the crops your parents grow. Pretty cool.
Now I know two pinto bean farmers. :o)
Good luck! Hope you have a fantastic harvest. ♥
Thanks for sharing this upclose and personal look at farming and beans. I am one of the people who has never seen any bean grown first hand except for my pole green beans in my garden. I will check out your mom’s blog again and read more on it. I spent Sat in NYC at our farmer’s market and I value each and every farmer. I love knowing where my food comes from, and that it is grown here in this country. (Your kiddos are adorable…)
I always enjoy the passionate tone of your posts, Katie. It is very inspiring.
Your words are down to earth, easy for all to understand and tell a story of love. Love for family, friends, land and livestock.
I have a little chemistry and biology in my background and feel that I have somewhat a backing for what I am going to say. I realize many things change. I have for years understood the hybridization of seeds to make them produce more and I feel that is okay because you are using like species to create better/ However when I hear about splicing DNA to make something resistant to a chemical product I feel that someone is playing GOD and wants to sell more products. I don’t think that the profits now for the gain of feeding the world is just going to cause medical problems down the road. With the organic food grown in your back yard at least you can control what is being used to produce your food.
I am glad to know that the pinto beans in the USA are non-gmo. What are you thought regarding if it will stay that way?
Thanks for this! I love learning about different farms. As a fellow farmer myself (lettuce and such), I must say that it’s good to hear that dry beans in the US are non-GMO. GMO is bad news for farmers.