Corn can be found in thousands of everyday items, from the corn starch that holds your pizza crust together to corn syrup in beverages to plastics. Humans have been resourceful in finding the uses for corn.
And humans are responsible for how corn came to be. Corn’s ancient relative is teosinte, which was a grass found in Mexico. Thousands of years ago, teosinte produced a very small ear—about the size of a pinky finger—with very small kernels. Through human intervention, teosinte was bred to produce larger ears and larger kernels. Today, we have a corn plant that produces an ear about the length of a forearm with more than 700 kernels.
Whether it’s a 4,000 acre farmer in the United States or a two-acre farmer in the Philippines, corn is an important part of agriculture. Farmers around the world now grow corn to: feed themselves and communities; feed livestock to produce meat; and use for industrial applications, such as medicine, plastics and biofuels. Corn’s versatile nature has propelled it to be grown on the second-most acreage in the world, behind wheat.
Monsanto sells both conventional and GM corn seed to farmers. Our products include:
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