That’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

Nov 20th

When I was in the software business, we were constantly trying to explain away bugs and glitches as though the system was supposed to do that.  Many attempts at self-preservation in this vein were so ludicrous that techies everywhere began to joke whenever they discovered glaring errors, “that’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”

Will that be the case if a customer finds a bug in their Husk Sweet Corn?

It’s a fear we’ve talked about a lot at Husk.  We built in 4 different QA points in our process, all trained to look for bugs.  And it wasn’t hard to teach new employees what to look for, after all, there were plenty of examples to learn from.  On a good day, 1 in 50 ears had a corn borer — the larvae stage of a moth — feasting on it’s delicious kernels.  On a bad day, 1 in 3.  That’s right.  We had days when a third of the corn we touched had bugs living in or on it.  That’s 8000 or more bug larvae that we handled every day.  Can you see why we’ve been paranoid?

But, the argument could be made: those aren’t bugs, they’re features.

WHAT?!?!  Am I out of my mind, you wonder.  Hear me out.

This is Non-GMO corn.  But, what is GMO corn?  It’s corn that has been genetically modified to produce toxin in it’s leaves which kill pests–pests such as the European Corn Borer moth, shown above.  Now, as farmer’s fields have slowly but surely become covered with GMO corn–corn that is toxic to these moths–where do you think all the rest of the moths are going?  Like wildlife when it’s habitat is destroyed, the moths congregate in fierce density wherever they can find a field of corn that’s not going to kill them–a non-GMO field of corn.

When I was a young boy on my dad’s farm, we would find the occasional corn borer in an ear of corn.  Never could I imagine seeing a field where every 3rd ear had one.  But today, when this insect cannot survive in the hundreds of thousands of acres of GMO corn, they flock in droves to the non-toxic, non-GMO corn that our local farmers planted this year.  By creating a non-GMO food source for you, we inadvertently created a rare refuge for these insects, too.

Breath easy and eat without fear.  I highly doubt you’ll find a bug in your corn.  We worked very hard to find and remove them throughout our process.   If you do, we will (of course) gladly replace it.  But know this: that bug is proof of a feature.  It’s proof we grown non-GMO corn.  There is only one way to buy corn that is certain not to contain any insects… by corn that’s been modified genetically in a Monsanto laboratory.

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