They saya picture is worth a thousand words.

Thats why I like to take picturesof my crops:Mypicturestell a simple story about good food and crop protection in a way that only images can.

The latest of thesephotos, whichIrecently posted on social media, shows four cobs of corn. The pair on the left are non-GMO, or what some people insist on calling natural. The pair on the right are theresultof conventional biotechnology.

Which pair would you choose?

See the difference? Of course you can. Its obvious to anyone with eyes.

The GMO corn is big and healthy. It shows no sign of rot. It looks clean.

The non-GMO corn is much smaller. It has many fewer grains. It looks sickly.

I take pictures such as this so that people who dont think much about agriculture will come to understand why farmers like me choose to plant and grow GMO crops. They are not just a safe and reliable source of food. They are in fact the best source of food that we can produce.

On my farm in Uruguay, I dont own an acre of land. Instead, I rent my fields andgrow awide range of crops in rotation.My winter crops are mostly barley, canola, wheat, oats, and rye grass. My summer crops are mostly soybeans and corn.My goal is to produce all of them in abundance.

Thats why I turn to science and technology, as farmers always have. We want the best toolsavailableso that we can grow the most foodfor our hungry planet.

Pictures can show us a lot about the success of our methods. Is there any question about which of my corncobs youd rather eat? When you look at myphoto, you know the answer instantly.Even the loudest anti-GMO activist would pick the GMO corncobs.

Thats what I prefer. I tour my fieldsall the time, looking for the best crops to bring back to my family for our own use.TheGMO cropsare always the most attractive.

Yet we still need words to explain why these cobs of corn look somuch betterand it allcomes down to crop protection.

Our crops are under constant assault. Pests want to eat them. Weeds want to steal their water and nutrients. Diseases want to infect them.

My job as a farmer is to prevent this from happening.I use several methods, and insecticides are among the most important. They keep bugs from devouring my crops.

Heres something that many people fail to realize: The non-GMO crops require insecticides but the GMO crops dont. I apply insecticides safely and responsibly;theyposeno threat to consumers. Yet one of thegreat advantagesof GMO cropsis that they dont need insecticides at all. They contain a natural protein that repelsbugs. This is an amazing advantage, plusan importantreason to prefer them.

Corn-borer worm.

The contrast between the GMO and non-GMO corn in my photo is greaterstill:Another thing the picturedoesnt show is that the non-GMO corn is often riddled with worms. As if that werent bad enough, the worms chew into the grains, creating pathways for disease.

Without biotechnology and crop protection, Id have totransformthe way I farm. Idrearrangemy rotations and grow fewer varieties. Id possibly stopplantingcorn entirely, as non-GMO yields are as much as 50 percent less than GMO yields. Worst of all, Id have to use many more sprays to control weeds and insects.

It would become much harder for me to make a living as a farmerand food prices for consumers would go way up.

Thats the definition of a lose-lose situation. With modern methods, however, food producers and consumers enjoy a win-win.

The only impediment to this desirableoutcome is accurate information about how farming and food production really work.

We need reliable data. We need sound science. We need farmers to tell their stories.

And sometimes we just need a good picture.