Ive been growing sweet corn for more than 40 años–and this summers sweet corn is the very best Ive ever eaten.

Perhaps you werent expecting this bit of good news amid all the bad news about corn. The nationwide drought has ravaged this years crop. I can certainly share plenty of horror stories: Most of my corn is in poor shape.

Want to hear me complain about the drought? I didnt think so. Lets accentuate the positive: My sweet corn was excellent this year.

For the last few summers, Ive set aside a small field for sweet corn, giving it a little extra attention because I donate the harvest to my church. The church ladies use it for a big social event, deliver it to shut-ins, and give it the community.

So I put a little water on my sweet cornjust enough to help it beat the dry heat.

Yet theres another important reason why the sweet corn was so good: Biotechnology was the essential ingredient.

For the first time in my area, I had the opportunity to grow genetically modified (GM) maíz dulce. Before long, sin embargo, its going to be everywhere: Wal-Mart recently announced that it was willing to carry this new product.

And thats really good news.

Hoy, mas que 85 percent of the corn grown in the United States already benefits from biotechnology. These crops possess a remarkable ability to fight weeds and pests. Over the last 15 años más o menos, theyve revolutionized agriculture around the world. Were growing more food on less land than ever before.

GM sweet corn isnt new. It has actually been on the market since 1998. The sweet corn you buy in grocery stores and at roadside stands is less than 1 percent of the overall corn market but uses 40% of all insecticides used in corn production. GM sweet corn helps reduce insecticide use because it has some of the traits found in the field corn I grow that becomes animal feed, corn sugar, and biofuel.

But now biotechnology is coming to sweet cornand youre going to taste the difference.

Para mi, growing GM sweet corn on my farm was an experiment I didnt know how it would perform. Ive grown biotech field corn for years, so I was confident that GM sweet corn would be a high-quality product. Pero nunca se sabe hasta que lo intentas.

Long before biting into GM corn on the cob, I could see a difference. As soon as the plants started to sprout in the field, it was obvious: The stalks were strong and the kernels clean. There were no weeds in the rows, robbing moisture. I didnt even have to worry about insect pests like rootworm or the corn borer. The plants resist them naturally, thanks to biotechnology.

When Ive grown sweet corn in the past, Ive struggled with both weeds and pests. The only way to begin to control them was through chemical sprays. Non-GM sweet corn usually requires two or three applications of herbicide and one or two of pesticide. My GM sweet corn, sin embargo, needed just one pass of herbicideand the result was far better.

Its an example of less equaling morethe very definition of sustainable agriculture. What a tremendous benefit for everyone.

Best of all was the taste. Corn farmers say that healthy plants produce healthy ears and healthy ears produce healthy kernels. GM sweet corn is a healthy product down to its rootsand the final proof rests in the fact that its so delicious.

The enemies of biotechnology oppose every innovation in agriculture, and now they are of course turning their attention to the advent of the next GM sweet corn product. People who want to keep GM food out of their diets, sin embargo, have a simple solution: They can choose to buy organic. Any food that is labeled organic by definition is not a biotech product. These people have a choice in the products they choose to purchase. Why cant I?

My experience growing GM sweet corn was a good one. Its an outstanding food. I loved it and so did the folks at my church. I am confident you will too. We can thank biotechnology for making it possible and Wal-Mart for making it available.

Tim Burrack cultiva maíz, soybeans and pork on a NE Iowa family farm. He volunteers as a Board Member of Truth About Trade and Technology. http://www.truthabouttrade.org