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Monsanto GMO Corn: Coming Soon to a Produce Aisle Near You

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GMO Corn Fresh sweet corn is one of the best things about this time of year. But watch out! Big Agra giant, Monsanto, has just announced that it will introduce GMO fresh sweet corn to the U.S. consumer market beginning this Fall.

Genetically modified ingredients, courtesy of Monsanto, are present in many of the processed foods found on grocery store shelves in the U.S., but this is the first time that Monsanto has plans to take fresh GMO produce from the farm straight to the produce aisle. And if it sells, you can bet that there will be plenty more GMO produce to come.

The idea of Monsanto-branded GMO corn might be less than appealing to you, but don’t count on being able to distinguish it from non-GMO corn if you shop at a typical grocery store. Monsanto has no plans to label the corn as such. As a Monsanto representative told the LA Times, “We think it is a good product. It’s up to us to make sure we help tell people about the benefits….given how sweet corn is normally sold — by the ear, in larger bins in produce sections of the market — it’s not really something that can be easily branded.”

This means that if you’re concerned about the potential dangers of consuming GMOs, buying organic corn (or corn grown by a farmer who can personally attest to the fact that they are not using Monsanto seed) may soon be the only way to be sure that you are avoiding the new Monsanto GMO corn. Unfortunately, there is still the threat of cross contamination, but unless you’re ready to give up eating fresh corn altogether (maybe not the worst idea), organic is your safest bet for avoiding GMOs.

Sources:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/08/monsanto-biotech-sweet-corn-human-consumption.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-04/monsanto-to-introduce-engineered-sweet-corn-in-u-s-this-year.html?cmpid=yhoo

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4 responses to “Monsanto GMO Corn: Coming Soon to a Produce Aisle Near You”

  1. Toxicologic pathologist says:

    As a toxicologic pathologist, I am not concerned about the sale of genetically engineered corn.  In fact nearly all foods that we eat today are “genetically engineered”.  Humans have been genetically engineering food for thousands of years.  All of the different breeds of meat producing animals and varieties of vegetables have been genetically engineered.  The only difference with the Monsanto products is that the engineering is being done much more rapidly than by the process of selection and breeding for specific traits.

  2. Steve Savage says:

    Mina,
    I don’t know if you picked the image (someone injecting corn with a needle).  I hope you realize that this in no way represents the process of genetic engineering and is simply inflammatory non-information.

    Also, sweet corn is a hybrid crop and the seed production for it has been carefully done for at least 80 years with enough field isolation to prevent cross contamination of one line with another.  There is nothing about GMO sweet corn that will make than any more difficult to manage.

    • Hi Steve,

      I didn’t intend for that image to be interpreted as a literal depiction of the process of genetic engineering. Rather, I hoped it would illustrate, conceptually, what is being done to our food supply when humans tamper with plants’ genes.

      I realize that humans began selectively breeding plants many years before the advent of genetic engineering. One of the effects of this is that the majority of the population now consumes a extremely limited variety of plants (10-15 by some estimates), many of which are so highly hybridized at this point that they do not have viable seeds. That is, these plants are completely dependent upon human-created technologies for their continued survival. From a nutritional standpoint, these hybrid crops – foods like corn, potatoes, carrots, bananas, seedless citrus, etc. – are a total disaster. They lack important minerals and phytonutrients and contain extraordinarily high quantities of sugar. And what’s worse is that there’s evidence that field isolation does nothing to prevent genetic drift.

      According to nutrition expert, David Wolfe,

      “Hybrid foods are devoid of proper mineral balance that all wild foods contain. So when we eat a lot of hybrid fruit, that leads to mineral deficiencies in our bodies. Not only are hybrid fruits and sweet, starchy vegetables unbalanced in minerals, it is eating too much of hybrid sweet fruit and sweet and starchy vegetables that causes the body to bring heavy minerals from the bones into the blood to buffer the hybrid sugar. This hybrid sugar is not completely recognized by the liver and pancreas. The minerals and sugar are spilled off into the urine. Hybrid sweet fruit and sweet starchy vegetables can overstimulate you and cause you to lose minerals.”