Typically, food conscious individuals can go into a store and choose to avoid products containing high fructose corn syrup, along with foods that are not up to their standard of natural, whole, and organic. Walmart has made substantial progress to include organic products, responding to consumer demands, but this summer Walmart plans to offer America’s families Monsanto’s Bt-genetically modified corn.
Bt-Sweet Corn is untested on humans and the pesticide poses unknown risks. But because the product isn’t labeled as genetically modified (GMO), no one will be able to make an informed choice (demand and supply).
Furthermore, this type of corn will be considered a vegetable (keep in mind that now days the FDA considers pizza a vegetable), as opposed to the traditional label of corn as a grain.
Monsanto’s corn is genetically modified to use bt-toxins and works to form “Cry” crystal toxins. Bt (B. thuringiensis) is closely related to B. anthracis, the cause of anthrax. The Cry proteins are toxic to moths and butterflies, whereas the cytolysin (Cyt) proteins are toxic to beetles and flies. Bt-toxins are activated by the digestive juices inside the insect, killing it by causing severe damage to stomach cells.
Most of the GMO corn that is currently consumed is hyper-refined before being packaged and sold. Already, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has produced devastating results of diabetes and obesity in American and other regions of the world. Who knows what result a genetically modified product (without a label for customers to decide if they are willing to take the risk in the first place) will do in its raw state?
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