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What the SHUCK is with corn on the cob covered in pesticides?

Klerifying fact: Corn was domesticated in Mexico 8,700 years ago from grasses, and was originally grown in combination with squash and beans as a sustainable food combo!

Who doesn’t love pulling a freshly grilled ear of corn from the BBQ and slathering it in delicious butter!? It’s a simple, seasonal summer culinary

sensation! We at Klerify love corn on the cob. It’s a great complement to any meal. There’s just something you should know…

Pesticide profile on your corn!

Corn on the cob is also called sweet corn. Sweet corn is the type of corn you eat. Of the 94 million acres of corn planted in the USA, only about 300,000 acres are planted for you to eat corn on the cob. Sweet corn is important income for the few thousand American farmers who work hard to grow it for us.

It is not typically a GMO crop, though Monsanto created a GMO variety. 204 million pounds of pesticides are applied to corn production in the USA. Sweet corn accounts for a highly disproportionate amount of the pesticides used on corn in the USA. Sweet corn farmers spray pesticides 4-20 times per year. That’s a lot!

Some of the typical pesticides include:

  • Methamidophos

  • Acephate

  • Thiamethoxam

  • Glyphosate

While fun to pronounce, these pesticides stick to the corn husk that you shuck with your hands, often in the house around your kids and pets. The pesticides have been linked to being known neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, and bee toxins. One is implicated as carcinogen.

In addition to risks related to your households, the pesticides often end up in the local environment where corn is grown. This includes entering rivers and streams, as well as impacting local honey bee populations.

Simple Solutions

We’re not saying don’t buy corn on the cob. Most of the pesticides do not penetrate the husk onto the corn, itself. The corn you eat doesn't typically have pesticides on it.

We advise you to:

  • Buy organic corn without these toxic pesticides that can harm you and nature.

  • If you don’t buy organic corn, shuck the corn with plastic gloves at the store or outside your house without bringing the husks around your kids and pets.

So keep on grilling that corn, America. Just do it in a cautious way.

We did not make this up!










Photo Credit of field of corn: https://www.flickr.com/photos/23155134@N06/15277889101