By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Design
Biotech giant Monsanto, best known for developing genetically-modified foods, is for the first time entering the fresh produce aisle with a new sweet corn venture.
Is there anything better than a fresh ear of summer corn, charred to perfection on the grill?
Monsanto, the company best known for developing genetically-modified versions of natural foods, is for the first time entering the fresh produce aisle -- and it's beginning with everyone's favorite summer treat, sweet corn.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the company plans to launch GM sweet corn seed this fall, adding a new business to the company's long-time work with processed foods.
To be clear, it's not the first time fresh vegetables (although technically corn's a fruit) from the biotech industry have landed on your dinner table; it's been around for some time, including from rival Syngenta. Monsanto's offering carries genetic alteration to allow farmers to spray their fields with its "Roundup" brand herbicide, promising better resistance against weeds and insects.
P.J. Huffstutter reports:
This so-called “triple-stack” sweet corn -– meaning 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.)
The company will begin with crops in the East, the company says. The corn won't carry any designation of its origin or description of what's been tucked into its genes.
Fast Company's Ariel Schwartz has a touch more insight:
In an email, Monsanto explained to Fast Company that "Food retailers have the latitude to label or not label sweet corn. 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."
Begging the question: who designed your corn?
Aug 9, 2011
A lot of effort has gone into having the studies NOT funded by Monsanto hidden from the public. GM corn is known to cause liver, kidney damage, even death for a lot of animals (but why not feed it to us humans). Plus, roundup is in such heavy use that we are now dealing with 'superweeds', weeds resistant to roundup. And, glyphosphate (a chemical used in roundup) is showing up in our drinking water, which has a whole host of bad side effects (epa is looking into that now). Why our government doesn't require reasonable safety studies, not funded by the manufacturer, that's just plain stupid. And we and our kids are the ones that will pay - all for a profit $ for a big, immoral corporate giant. GM crops have failed the world over, and are illegal in a lot of countries because they are aware of the dangers of GM. And, worst of all, some of the genes that are being put into the corn are now making it into our bodies. Nice!
Will Monsanto demand that farmers not use some of their corn crop as seed corn for the next planting? Will Monsanto be suing farmers on the adjoining fields if the GM corn pollinates the other farmer's crop for infringement?
Since our government won't tell us which corn is GMO and which isn't, I guess it is time to stop eating corn.
I believe you are correct. In my opinion it's just one more crop Monsanto will have a forced monopoly over. And probably new diseases will develop in people that eat it.
From Europe I hear that genetic modified corn is not good for the health of people. because it developed new , unknown sickness.