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Petitioned to ban new Monsanto GMO corn

By Carey Gillam

<snip> “Consumers deserve to know what’s in their food, especially when there is a pesticide in every bite,” said Charles Margulis of the Center for Environmental Health. “This whole, unprocessed corn has been spliced with genes that produce a risky, untested insecticide. Parents should be informed when food on supermarket shelves has been genetically altered.”

Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company and a developer of genetically altered corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops, said in August it was preparing to launch a genetically altered sweet corn that marks Monsanto’s first commercial combination of its biotechnology with a consumer-oriented vegetable product.

The sweet corn seed has been genetically altered to tolerate treatment of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and to fight off insects that might attack the plants.  Monsanto officials said they were surprised their new product was generating so much controversy, as a rival seed company has already been marketing a biotech sweet corn for more than a decade.

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