Originally Posted by ladyearth
Hubby went to the Amish mill for me other day.. Reason go there cause supposedly the corn is non GMO...
If you are buying feed corn I would imagine that the Amish and the Mennonites are no more prone to growing non GMO crops than any other group of Christians. In fact because there are less inputs needed on non GM crops than for GMO crops, it makes more sense for an Amish farmer to raise GMO corn because he can cultivate more GMO corn with a horse drawn plow than he can ever hope to grow with the agriculture methods in use during the 17Th Century.
As an example, 100 years ago when my Mummy was a little girl, there was no hybrid seed corn little less GMO seed corn, and on the poor ground my Grandparents farmed it was customary to plant two or three corn stalks or seeds to a hill then skip up to 3 feet before planting another hill of corn. Yields were low to say the least.
It fell to my mother's brothers and sisters to hoe the weeds out of their corn, and to cut the suckers off the side of the corn stalks to encourage an upright growth habit. Now remember in those days that fully 40% of all the land and the crops produced was earmarked to feed the farmers' mules, horses, cows, hogs, and yes chickens. It is immaterial that as part of their religion that the Old Order Amish and Mennonites don't work mules, Horses must still be fed.
An Amish farmer like sourland mentioned is at heart a businessman and America has a forest of grain elevators used to store surplus grain just like the Egyptians did in ancient times.
However if he removed, obscured, or altered the date on the tag that is a mule of a different hue. I have always found the Amish and Mennonites to be honest but they are usually far ahead of their customers in the brains department.