Pollen Drift and Corn

Sudoa Farm awarren at jetstream.net
Sun Oct 29 21:32:40 EST 2000


Hi Del,
my tongue was well into my cheek when I suggested buffering corn from GM
pollen. I think
the Soil Association in Britian is considering a 5 mile buffer for
certified organic corn.
With the winds and bee activity round here I can see how at least a 2
mile buffer would benecessary.

Del Williams wrote:

> I read an opinion on the pollen drift issue early last summer in a flier I
> picked up at the University of Illinois extension.  It was the opinion of a
> Crop Science Prof. Nafziger (sp?) who indicated that pollen drift from GMO
> corn would not be contained by perimeter plantings of non-GMO corn.  In
> other words, the buffer plantings won't work because pollen drift ranges
> much farther than the recommendations suggest for containment.
>
> I still have the flier but no scanner.  If you want more details from the
> flier I'll find a way to upload it.
>
> Del Williams
> Farmer in the Del
> Clifton IL
>
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