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How Do You Know Which Sweet Corn is Genetically Modified? August 28, 2008 12:07 PM


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How Do You Know Which Sweet Corn is Genetically Modified?

An Organic Bytes reader sent us the following question: "It's harvest time, and corn is everywhere, including my local farm stand. I asked the farmer's wife if their corn was non-GMO, and she didn't seem to know. Could you shed some light on this in the next newsletter--whether most sweet corn for human consumption is GMO or not? "

OCA's Response: More than 70% of the corn grown in the U.S. is now genetically modified, but the overwhelming majority of this corn is grown for animal feed and ethanol. Among the marketing problems for the biotech companies is the fact that GMO "sweet corn" doesn't taste very good. The bottom line is that there is very little genetically engineered sweet corn being grown in the U.S. at the present time, so it is highly unlikely you will be running into this "Frankencorn" at your local farmer's market or natural food store.

Most farmers who grow GMO crops that re-seed, like corn, are aware that they are growing genetically engineered varieties, because Monsanto and the other GMO seed giants require a legal contract to be signed which prohibits the farmer from saving their seeds. And of course we can all be thankful (and vigilant) that genetic engineering is prohibited under national organic standards. In short, support your local and organic farmers and enjoy this year's sweet corn harvest!

Post your comments and questions about Organic Bytes in the OCA web forum.

P.S. Excellent question.

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Click Here for more GMO info... September 01, 2008 5:49 AM

OCA's Resource Center on Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

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Organic for You and Pets, Too! September 01, 2008 5:53 AM

Oh...and all that corn that's listed as a primary ingredient in most commercial pet foods?  You can bet pet foods are a big part of the percentage of corn that's modified.  (You can also bet Fido's visiting the vets office more...Natural causes, of course.)

Vibraceous, ND

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Dog food September 01, 2008 7:02 AM

I do not rely on any dog food company to feed my dog. I was feeding Newman's Organic dog food until they changed the recipe. When they did change it, they used GMO soy. Not very organic is it? So I stopped buying it. At $45 for a 22 pound bag I would say that it is not worth it for me  to  buy it, and then have my dogs getting ear infections, sneezing continuously, bone growth stunted, our dog had broken his leg, or bouts of constipation/diarhea. I buy my meat from strictly grassfed beef by the quarter. I make sure they are NOT seeding as grass seed has been Genetically modified for about 7 years now. You can find it in stores. Then from the beef I buy I make my dogs soups. Beef,vegetable, & rice. Or even beef, vegetable, & Noodle. They love it. Our chunky Monkey who weighed in at 130 pounds lost some weight and now weighs a svelt 115! ROFL I feed them a bowl full twice a day. They snack on whatever else food scraps from what we eat. I also give them any fruit I buy, ALL Strictly organic. Diego who got ear infections every other week, now has none. *smiles* Soups can  be made and frozen so that you do not have to do it often. Also, dogs love Alfredo! ROFL

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 September 29, 2008 6:16 PM

even if it's organic corn still has fungus that naturally grows creating mycotoxins

it's just not a good food for anyone to eat but it's in everything

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