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From his kitchen window, a farmer sees an space of flat acreage his family farmed. He also sees how an international debate over biotechnology affected the way he runs his farm. The farmer supports a genetically changed crops that resists a lack of moisture, herbicides and ordinary pests. If the farmer had his way, he would plant the entire farm with such crops.

But with foreign trade resisting certain gene altered goods, especially corn, the farmer restricted biotech seeds to half of his acreage. Half his acreage are full of biotech soybeans, the other half grows regular corn. These farming business people must go out and raise a crop and get it sold.

The main stumbling block for biotech crops has been the European market, where several consumers care about the effect genetically engineered goods have on the food chain. These concerns reverberate in Asian and American markets leading major food processors to halt purchasing genetically engineered ingredients, or at least require that they be kept apart from non-biotech products. Customers don't understand biotechnology and don't see the value of biotech.

It was four years ago that the farmer understood the value of gene altered seeds. He planted a batch of soybean seeds designed to resist a common weed killer. When the beans grew, it was a weed free crop like he'd never seen.

We feel like we have one of the safest food supplies in the world. The customer is king. Ultimately customers around the world are going to be the ones who determine the extent to which they're going to accept or ignore biotech crops. The farmer for one, hopes they make up their minds soon. The future of our life really is in genetically altered products. We're going to need it to feed a hungry world.