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Enogen in Iowa

By: Brad Gaspelin

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Enogen is a brand of genetically modified corn that was recently deregulated by the USDA. It isn’t in Iowa fields this year, only in a small part of Kansas, but it will be here in the years to come. Enogen makes the production of ethanol much more efficient by removing the need to add amylase to break down the corn. This is profitable and good for the environment.  This corn does pose a problem for milling companies, however, who use the corn for starch. Enogen disrupts the thickness of starch, even if there is 1 Enogen kernel in 10,000 kernels.

Brad Gaspelin Reports on this issue, investigating what it could mean for Iowa’s future.