View Full Version : Sweet? GMO Corn on the Cob, Courtesy of Monsanto

08-11-11, 01:10 PM
August 10th, 2011

Jill Ettinger

The California Department of Food and Agriculture estimates that 93 percent of soy, 86 percent of corn and 93 percent of cotton and canola planted in the U.S. in 2010 were genetically engineered, and more than 70 percent of processed foods sold in the U.S. contain some sort of GM ingredients, a majority of which comes via Monsanto, the largest biotech seed company in the world. Now, Monsanto’s controversial GMO seeds will no longer be just an ingredient; the company will begin selling genetically modified sweet corncobs in supermarket produce sections.

Syngenta, a rival biotech company has been selling GM sweet corn in supermarkets for nearly a decade, but the new GM sweet corn from Monsanto marks its first foray into developing a consumer-ready produce item (although it has been selling a GM squash through a company acquisition in 2005). With a 60 percent control in the U.S. corn market, Monsanto’s new sweet corn will contain the usual GM traits—resistance to the company’s signature glyphosate pesticide, Roundup, and a number of unknown, potentially harmful side effects, and speculations on the safety and sustainability of genetic modification . . .

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