Genetically engineered sweet corn from Monsanto is headed for Walmart store shelves. It’s the first Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) product to travel from farms directly to your dinner plate. And you won’t even know it, since there is no federal labeling requirement for GMO foods in the U.S.
Walmart recently confirmed that it has no objection to selling the corn. “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 stated.
GMOs are designed to produce insecticides inside plants to kill the bugs that eat them, which create toxins and allergens in foods. They make plants resistant to Roundup and other weed killers. They will encourage new strains of herbicide-resistant “superweeds” as more farms and communities are exposed to these chemicals. Epidemiological studies have also demonstrated a link between herbicide use, and birth defects and cancer.
Almost 50 countries already require GMO labels. It already is mandated across the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and China. Polls show nearly unanimous support (91 percent) in the U.S.
Unfortunately, because of intense lobbying from Monsanto and the chemical industry, legislation within the $500 billion Farm Bill that would have allowed states to require mandatory labeling of foods or beverages was cut from the final draft.
The Just Label It! Campaign is encouraging people to contact the Food and Drug Administration to express their support for labeling. Offer your support at http://www.justlabelit.org.
Unless, that is, you look forward to munching some GMO sweet corn from Walmart. At least it’s not glowing in the dark (yet) …