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The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

An occasional worm or bit of smut with an ear of sweet corn is part of a healthy garden. One is a minor annoyance; the other a bonus. My wife does with the worm what our moms did, and grandmas and probably their grandmothers. She takes a paring knife and cuts away the damage.

This would not be acceptable in a grocery store or at a roadside stand. Customers finding a worm would swoon, call the food police, file lawsuits. Commercial producers have had little choice but to spray with chemicals that kill or repel insects.