Title

The Effect of Genetically Modified and Organic Corn on the Amount of Corn Consumed by Wildlife

School Name

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Written Paper Award

2nd Place

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to investigate if there is a correlation between genetically modified and organic corn feed for wild animals and the amount of corn consumed when given the choice. Genetically modified corn is when scientist change proteins at the genetic level of the seed corn. Two types of Pioneer genetically modified corn were used, one being 3371 with Round-up Ready and LibertyLink genes and another type, 33G71, that contained both of these genes as well as the a third one called the Herculex (HXRW). The third type of corn was an organic shelled corn which had not been genetically modified. Thirty cups of each type of corn was added to labeled tubs and then placed on the ground in the woods about 5 feet apart for three weeks. Also, a trail camera was set up to capture any movement by the tubs. At the end of the three weeks the corn was measured in cups and the data was collected. After 21 days, the wildlife had eaten 6 cups of Pioneer 3371 and 4 cups of Pioneer 33G71. From the organic tub, 21 cups of corn was consumed. These findings concluded that when given a choice wildlife consumed organic corn over GM corn by percent, thus, supporting the hypothesis that there would be a difference in the amount of corn consumed.

Start Date

4-11-2015 10:45 AM

End Date

4-11-2015 11:00 AM

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Apr 11th, 10:45 AM Apr 11th, 11:00 AM

The Effect of Genetically Modified and Organic Corn on the Amount of Corn Consumed by Wildlife

The purpose of this project was to investigate if there is a correlation between genetically modified and organic corn feed for wild animals and the amount of corn consumed when given the choice. Genetically modified corn is when scientist change proteins at the genetic level of the seed corn. Two types of Pioneer genetically modified corn were used, one being 3371 with Round-up Ready and LibertyLink genes and another type, 33G71, that contained both of these genes as well as the a third one called the Herculex (HXRW). The third type of corn was an organic shelled corn which had not been genetically modified. Thirty cups of each type of corn was added to labeled tubs and then placed on the ground in the woods about 5 feet apart for three weeks. Also, a trail camera was set up to capture any movement by the tubs. At the end of the three weeks the corn was measured in cups and the data was collected. After 21 days, the wildlife had eaten 6 cups of Pioneer 3371 and 4 cups of Pioneer 33G71. From the organic tub, 21 cups of corn was consumed. These findings concluded that when given a choice wildlife consumed organic corn over GM corn by percent, thus, supporting the hypothesis that there would be a difference in the amount of corn consumed.