|Glass gem corn. This variety of corn is an amazing testament of the incredible genetic flexibility and diversity of corn.|
What makes Corn so amazing? A big part of it is corns amazing genetics. Corn has the ability to be selectively bred to adapt to environmental conditions so it can be grown anywhere from the equator all the way to the Arctic Circle. And all the way from rainforests to deserts. No other crop matches this diversity and ability to be selectively bred to adapt to so many conditions. Amazingly, none of these genetics were a result of, or even needed modern molecular bioscience. Even more amazing, modern molecular bioscience has reduced the overall diversity of corn by over 90 percent according to many estimates. So called modern corn varieties developed by science also are more dependent on fertilizer, irrigation, and pesticides. On the positive side though, modern science developed corn is extremely productive.
So think about it. Pretty much no matter where your ancestors came from they probably ate quite a bit of corn a long the way. And if you think about your diet now, you probably eat quite a bit of corn today also. We all are very dependent on the amazing legacy of corn and it is very likely that without corn we wouldn't be here today. On the flip-side without us, corn wouldn't be here either.