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Group To Protest Genetically Modified Food at Walmart Saturday

Food and Water Watch hopes to convince the retail giant not sell genetically modified sweet corn.

A group concerned about health and environmental issues associated with genetically engineered crops is planning a protest at Saturday afternoon.

The protest, which takes place on the Michigan Avenue sidewalk from 1-3 p.m., is part of a national "day of action" organized by Food and Water Watch. The group hopes to gain public support and convice Walmart not to sell genetically engineered sweet corn produced by Monsanto.

The protest comes just the day after France banned Monsanto's MON810 corn genetically modified so that makes the plant toxic to pests, according to Bloomberg News. The seeds are also engineered to tolerate Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.

Saline resident Kate Wellman is participating in the day of action.

"Whether you shop at Walmart or not, they are the largest US food retailer, and if they won't sell genetically engineered sweet corn, it's likely that farmer's won't plant it this Spring. This genetically engineered sweet corn, if it reaches produce counters, will not be labeled, so you won't know what you're buying," Wellman said "Monsanto's genetically engineered sweet corn has not been tested for human safety, and it contains three different genetically engineered traits that have never before been used in food eaten directly by people."

Monsanto has argued that since the Food and Drug Administration has found that genetically modified food does not differ from other foods, there is no reason to specially label it.

charlesmcbridez March 17, 2012 at 08:08 AM
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Donald Fraser March 17, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Since it appears that the Jury is still out as to the efficacy of G MO's (Geneticaly Modified Organisims) it seems only fair that the consumer be made aware of their presence in any food product. Not unlike other dieatery information.
wendy March 17, 2012 at 03:49 PM
are there going to beprtest in asheboro,nc i would like to be a part if so
grapedoc March 18, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Bt (GMO) corn has actually been around since the late 1990s from Syngenta. Monsanto has a new option and Syngenta has an even better on coming in a couple of years. Unfortunately, the mostly local, small farm growers who could use this corn have not and probably will not be able to use it. Look at this from a farmer perspective. It takes between 5 and 20 insecticide sprays per season to prevent worm damage to the corn - damage that makes it unmarketable. This isn't a consumer issue because once the corn is husked there are essentially no pesticide residues on what we eat. The issue is the cost and time an possible environmental impact of all those sprays. If you think you are someone who wants to support local farmers, there is probably no better example of a truly local vegetable crop in the US. All this fear-mongering about Bt sweet corn has, and will probably continue to make it rare that farmers will use this corn. They just can't take the marketing risk. If you support the anti-GMO camp on this, you will do so to the detriment of the local farmers.
Jeffrey Steeb March 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Monsanto also gave us PCBs and Agent Orange both they claimed were safe. Do you still believe anything they say?

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