I don’t even know what to say about this. Although the fact of GMOed foods is nothing new–including the fact that Monsanto has been tampering with our sacred ‘elotl’ for many years–knowing that the feds have pretty much given these greedy spawns of satan carte-blanche to do whatever they wish with our food is beyond comprehension. I weep for our future…
Genetically engineered sweet corn from Monsanto is headed for Walmart store shelves, the first GE product to travel from farms directly to consumer plates.
Other Monsanto GE foods have first been processed into animal feed, sugars, oils, fibers and other ingredients found in a wide variety of conventional food, says Beyond Pesticides.
And you won’t even know it, since there is no federal labeling requirement for GMO foods in the US. The most recent attempt at labeling was removed from the Farm Bill in late June when Congress succumbed to corporate lobbyists.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) quietly approved Monsanto’s corn at the end of 2011. The “drought tolerant” corn is designed to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and to produce a Bt toxin that kills insects that try to feed on the plants. The corn is being grown in the Midwest, Northwest, Southeast and Texas.
Despite an onslaught of consumer pressure (500,000 signatures), Walmart confirmed that it has no objection to selling the corn in a statement to The Chicago Tribune. “After closely looking at both sides of the debate and collaborating with a number of respected food safety experts, we see no scientifically validated safety reasons to implement restrictions on this product,” the company told the Tribune.
While Whole Foods and Trader Joes have vowed not to sell the corn, and food company General Mills has come out against it, Safeway, Kroger and other grocery chains are silent on the issue.
Monsanto’s corn is touted as a safer, less toxic alternative to Dow Chemical’s, which uses the 2,4-D (the key ingredient in Agent Orange!), and which is also going through the approval process. Scientists say those claims are false, reports Beyond Pesticides.
For one thing, there is growing concern over increasing rates of insect resistance to Bt crops. GE corn with Bt also negatively impacts soil life, reducing the presence of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi that are important for nutrient and water uptake.
GE crops also present cross-pollination risks for organic farms, and are increasingly being connected as one of the causes of collapse of polliinator populations, such as honey bees.
And GE crops are the subject of an ongoing dispute over patents between Monsanto and local farmers. More than 300,000 people including farmers, seed growers and agricultural organizations participated in a recent lawsuit against Monsanto. A federal judge dismissed the case in February, and the organics community has appealed (see more information below).
Scientists Sour on GMOs
Meanwhile, scientific evidence on the danger of GMOs is building…[read more]