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10-29-11, 08:09 PM
Jill Ettinger
October 27th, 2011

Monsanto, the world’s largest seed manufacturer known for its sprawling genetically modified corn, cotton, soy and canola crops, is now setting its sights for the rest of your plate, with seeds for commonly grown fruits and vegetable items its newest focus.

According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, residents in states including California may already be consuming Monsanto “onions that produce fewer tears,” “broccoli that decreases cholesterol,” and “orange tomatoes that last longer on the shelf.” Melons that mature faster and sweet corn resistant to Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup pesticide, among other modifications, are also on the way.

Finding a loophole in averting the growing consumer concerns about the environmental and human health impacts of GMOs, the fruit and vegetable seeds are not 100 percent genetically modified; Monsanto is instead using hybrid technology that pairs conventional breeding methods used for thousands of years with its controversial biotech. This hybrid technology develops fruit and vegetable seeds quicker than the process of creating genetically modified seeds (which can take as long as a decade), allowing for rapid turnaround into the marketplace.

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