Corn on the Car 

Local woman distributes "kernels of truth" about genetically modified crops.

After Judith Dierkes' watched The Future of Food, a documentary about genetically modified food, she decided to spread the message.

To do so, she transformed her white Subaru station wagon into a traveling corn on the cob. She painted yellow kernels on the front of the car and a green husk around the back. She even covered the seats in yellow fabric and painted the inside yellow and green.

"I see a lot of people with cell phones taking pictures," she said. "I have yellow pieces of paper — my kernels of truth — that are cut in the shape of corn to hand out to [people who] ask about the car. It gives me an opportunity to share my thoughts about [genetically modified corn]."

Because corn is pollinated by the wind, genetically modified corn can "infect" other corn crops. Dierkes thinks the agricultural company Monsanto eventually will put small farms out of business. She also believes that genetically modified corn has contributed to a rise in childhood diabetes.

In what she calls her "a-maize-ing" Subaru, Dierkes is a one-car parade. She plays "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore and wears yellow loafers, yellow pants, and a green sweatshirt.

"Corn is in everything. And to think that we have this contaminated product?" she said. "Monsanto's genetically modified corn is infecting other corn."

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