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Fresh sweet corn is one of the best things about this time of year. But watch out! Big Agra giant, Monsanto, has just announced that it will introduce GMO fresh sweet corn to the U.S. consumer market beginning this Fall.
Genetically modified ingredients, courtesy of Monsanto, are present in many of the processed foods found on grocery store shelves in the U.S., but this is the first time that Monsanto has plans to take fresh GMO produce from the farm straight to the produce aisle. And if it sells, you can bet that there will be plenty more GMO produce to come.
The idea of Monsanto-branded GMO corn might be less than appealing to you, but don’t count on being able to distinguish it from non-GMO corn if you shop at a typical grocery store. Monsanto has no plans to label the corn as such. As a Monsanto representative told the LA Times, “We think it is a good product. It’s up to us to make sure we help tell people about the benefits….given how sweet corn is normally sold — by the ear, in larger bins in produce sections of the market — it’s not really something that can be easily branded.”
This means that if you’re concerned about the potential dangers of consuming GMOs, buying organic corn (or corn grown by a farmer who can personally attest to the fact that they are not using Monsanto seed) may soon be the only way to be sure that you are avoiding the new Monsanto GMO corn. Unfortunately, there is still the threat of cross contamination, but unless you’re ready to give up eating fresh corn altogether (maybe not the worst idea), organic is your safest bet for avoiding GMOs.