Dear Reader 2

Here in the Mid-Atlantic, we’re approaching the end of sweet corn season. For at least two or three more weeks we’ll be seeing plenty of corn available at roadside stands, framers markets and most grocery stores. So get it while you can, because it will soon be gone. But be on the safe side, pass on the stuff piled in produce bins at your local store because there’s a very good chance it’s Frankencorn and I’m sorry to report that It’s Alive, ALIVE!

Just a touch of toxin
When you drive past a corn field, you can assume that all those ears of corn are NOT going to be shucked, boiled and eaten off the cob.
That’s because U.S. farmers grow about 250,000 acres of sweet corn for human consumption, and more than 92 MILLION acres for high fructose corn syrup, corn oil, and animal feed.
So growing sweet corn destined for dinner plates is not a big business. And yet, Monsanto, the agribusiness giant, recently developed a genetically-modified (GM) sweet corn that will soon show up in grocery stores across the U.S.
Like other types of Monsanto GM crops, this new corn is Roundup Ready. That is, it’s modified to withstand drenching with Roundup, the popular weed-killer made by Monsanto.
But Monsanto scientists didn’t stop with a weed-proof corn. They also modified the corn’s genes to create a trait known as Bt that kills insects.
(Hmmm…all of a sudden I am NOT hungry for a warm, buttered ear of corn.)

This Bt trait has been deemed safe for human consumption (of course!) because it’s destroyed in the gut.
Or so we’ve been told.
The Bt toxin trait has been around for awhile in other GM foods. And recently according to a report in the Daily Mail, Canadian researchers found traces of the toxin in the blood of pregnant women AND in the umbilical cords.

We can only guess what effect Bt toxin might have on fetuses (or on you and me, for that matter), but the study clearly suggests that the insecticide trait is NOT halted and destroyed in the gut.

Foreign behavior
When GM corn and other foods are placed in grocery produce bins in Japan, Australia, and the European Union, do you know what they do? You’ll never guess! They actually label the bins so shoppers will know the food has been genetically modified.

What a concept!
But don’t expect to see that happen in the U.S. It seems that Monsanto and other companies that produce GM foods just don’t want to worry our pretty little heads about what they do to our food before it arrives at grocery stores.
And of course the USDA and the FDA wouldn’t dream of ruffling any Big Food corporate feathers by insisting that GM foods be clearly labeled.
So if you want sweet corn and other vegetables you KNOW are safe, buy them from local organic farmers. And then let your friends and family know that there’s just no way to predict the wholesomeness or safety of loose produce in grocery stores these days — unless you pick up a dozen ears in Japan, Australia or the EU.

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  • FiWeBelize Post author

    Thanks for the feedback Belacqua. Labeling is very important, especially in foods. Not just to know that you are eating Frankencorn or Frankenfish, but for other health reasons. I am allergic to certain things and these GM foods are crossed with many different DNA and something I eat, despite not being allergic to that food; it may affect me because it contains the thing I am allergic too.

    The problem with labeling is that they know people are opposed to it and Food and Water is the way they can get bad things into our bodies without us knowing it. The best thing we can do is to go back to the old days; keep a garden in our back yards and raise our own meats if possible.