Yum, yum! Bite into some BT today! If there was ever a good reason to find your local grower’s market for some fresh sweet corn, this may be the year. Well, according to the article, grocers have been selling to product for awhile — without anyone noticing. You can thank the corporate controlled FDA for their non-action.
Once again, consumers will be left in the dark when it comes to what food they’re purchasing at the grocery store – in this case, thanks to Monsanto and Walmart. The largest retailer in the world, Walmart confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that it wouldn’t restrict sales of Monsanto’s new genetically engineered sweet corn.
Like other foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, the sweet corn does not require labeling to keep shoppers fully informed about what they’re eating (a different story in the European Union, China, Russia, Australia and Japan, where it’s required). Some food safety advocates say directly consuming GE foods necessitates more long-term, transparent health studies.
A very good explanation of what GMO’s are and why we should all be concerned, straight from the heart of Monsanto headquarters, St. Louis. Don Fitz and his Green Time TV has two activists from St. Louis who have worked hard on educating people on the GMO issue.
As mentioned in the video above, Monsanto has worked to incorporate the popular pesticide, Roundup, into the DNA structure of plants. While the corporate rigged FDA has given a wink and nod to Monsanto on its Frankenstein GMO work, Roundup has its own set of problems.
Logo for crop-ready GMO Roundup soybeans.
Available at any home store, great on Dandelions and your genetic makeup!
As a large portion of the Midwest depends upon farming for their living, Monsanto’s push to own the agricultural business in the entire Midwest or even possibly globally presents a serious national autonomy and security risk. Throughout the Midwest, small-scale farming operations dwindle under the pressure of large-scale corporate operators. Indebtedness incurred through efforts to keep up with ever increasing yield pressures also hampers development of green and sustainable farming methods. While starving farmers apparently gives pop stars an opportunity to boost sales with fund-raiser events, they never challenge how capitalist practices have distorted the importance of a safe food supply and sustainable agricultural practices for national health and security.
Not Science Fiction – A Story of Corporate Charity
The perfect picture of the charity of Monsanto lies in the story of the East St. Louis plant that it built. In order to evade taxes from East St. Louis, the plant received the go-ahead from the state of Illinois to incorporate its land into a township called Sauget. Yes that’s right, its own town. Simply so it won’t have to pay East St. Louis one dime of property or any other tax. But that doesn’t stop East St. Louis from regularly spilling effluent into the streams that run into East St. Louis.
Sauget does not employ the impoverished residents of St. Louis as a matter of practice, instead its workers commute from outside of town. East St. Louis in one of the most impoverished cities in America. But executives, press and others usually think of this building when they think of Monsanto, the headquarters in the city of St. Louis.
Overview of the Monsanto sponsored Herbarium at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens
As if all the above isn’t creepy enough for you, here’s an overview of a meeting of the WAF — a pro-corporate NGO which as the executive for the organization states in a pro business St. Louis mag, “We’ve invited governors from agriculture-producing states the world over to come discuss the impacts of agriculture policy decisions at the local level,” says Kathy Moldthan, WAF executive vice president and chief operating officer. The governors will be accompanied by business delegations from their states, “who will network with other businesspeople from around the world and explore investment opportunities,” Moldthan adds.”