Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Monsanto To Sell Genetically Engineered Corn-On-The-Cob Next Year - Unlabeled

Monsanto has a new corn. It's a genetically engineered sweet corn that was just planted for the first time this fall. It will be available for consumption next year.

What makes this corn different? It's meant to be eaten fresh from the cob. Monsanto's previous GE corn was only used as livestock feed or in processed foods.

We will now be presented with fresh corn-on-the-cob at grocery stores and farmers markets, in frozen and canned packages, that will be genetically engineered. The corn will not be labeled as such. It will be indistinguishable from non-GMO corn.

Trader Joe’s and General Mills have said they will not use Monsanto's GE sweet corn in their products.

Here's the cover letter that was sent to a number of food companies (e.g. Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway, Bird’s Eye, Del Monte) asking them to reject the new GE corn.

They don't even have to reject it. Just label it.
Photo of Monsanto's GE corn with "YieldGuard Plus technology" from their site.


Dr. Mel said...

For shame! But there's no bottom to the depths these corporations will sink in their pursuit of ever-larger profits. Damn the consequences for real people.

Bix said...

I'm going to add the USDA and FDA to your assessment, Mel. They could require more testing or regulate a label if they wanted.

ElDoubleVee said...

But if it is labeled then it will be rejected.

Bix said...

How about that.