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Monsanto Bringing More GM Sweet Corn To Your local Supermarket
August 10, 2011, 9:38 pm
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Genetically modified corn is already in the many of your non-organic products, thanks to corn being on the ingredient list in one of its many forms. But now Monsanto will be launching a GM sweet corn intended for direct human consumption and which is resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

LA Timesreports:

The hybrid has genetic modifications that have three additional traits that allow it resistance to insects and the Roundup herbicide — is the company’s first foray into the relatively small market for this sort of produce. (Farmers plant about 250,000 acres of sweet corn for human consumption in the U.S., according to analysts and company officials. Corn raised to be turned into sugar, oil, animal feed or used as fibers makes up 92.3 million acres in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.)

Monsanto’s Consuelo Madere told LA Times that Monsanto did not expect much consumer outcry over the introduction, as its rival Syngenta has been marketing GM sweet corn for the past ten years.

I don’t think that’s probably the reason shoppers won’t object to this GM corn. More likely it’s because

1) the corn won’t be marketed as Monsanto corn,

2) it won’t be labeled as genetically modified by retailers, and

3) most consumers are, though a combination of omission and deliberate obfuscation by Big Ag, not well informed about GM crops (both their ubiquity in non-organic products and their potential personal and environmental health effects).

Monsanto told Fast Company, “Just as they do today, consumers will continue to have the ability to purchase corn from growers or retailers of their choice that provide the quality they are looking for.”

Another great dodge from Monsanto to the question of whether GM crops should be labeled or not–considering that Monsanto and other GM crop companies have strongly fought efforts to make labeling of GM ingredients mandatory in the US.

As always, if you want to avoid GM crops (which I think you should, for many reasons) your best best is to only buy organic produce and if possible know your farmer and their practices.

Source: Tree Hugger


USDA Looks to Approve First GE, Drought Tolerant Corn with no EIS
August 9, 2011, 8:07 pm
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USDA Looks to Approve First GE, Drought Tolerant Corn with no EIS


On May 11, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the first-ever genetically engineered (GE), drought tolerant corn, MON 87460. 

APHIS is currently soliciting comments on this unprecedented GE crop, due August 12, 2011.

The Center for Food Safety has reviewed the Draft EA, and, their analysis shows that has USDA not adequately analyzed or accounted for the various environmental and socio-economic impacts of this novel crop, and Monsanto has failed to make any significant progress on drought resistance through genetic engineering.

As with previous GE crop approvals, USDA’s proposal fails to comply with national environmental law, making APHIS’s approval illegal.

USDA’s proposal:

  • Fails to adequately consider and protect organic consumers
  • Fails to recognize farmers and consumers have the right to choose non-GE
  • Fails to analyze the benefits of drought-tolerant organic corn as an alternative to MON87460
  • Fails to use sound science and relies excessively on Monsanto data
  • Fails to assess the environmental impacts of converting conservation land to MON87460 production

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Tell USDA to obey the law! Further analysis and environmental protections are necessary before any approval should be considered.

New video on non GMO food movement – Pass it around
August 4, 2011, 8:30 pm
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New short but to the point video on the increasing non-GMO food movement from the Institute for Responsible Technology.

It’s all up to us to stop bying GMO infected food and send a strong message to food companies in the US: stop using GMO ingredients or at the very least label your products or we will not buy them anymore. It is time to take a stand, the only kind they understand: the one that hurts their bottom line, their revenues.

Pass it around.

See the video here